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The Velux Foundations (Denmark) have invested generously in Bulgaria in the context of their programme ‘Social Initiatives – International’. In the winter of 2020, EQ’s David Bisset was invited to contribute to the organization’s series of publications on the subject of systemic change. The book – Deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria: Making Systemic Change Work – is the result of the Danish / Bulgarian cooperation. Reference is also made to parallel undertakings in Romania and Moldova.

It was a daunting…

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In August 2021, Ruse Municipality launched the Project “Integrated Measures for Social and Educational Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups on the territory of Ruse Municipality” in partnership with Equalibrium Association, Kindergartens, University Hospital, Center Dynamics Association, Association “Development of Social Capital” and others. The project develops the so-called soft measures complementary to the functioning of the first component of the development of new social housi in the municipality of Ruse.

Equilibrium is a long-established local organization that…

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On 11.11.2021, volunteers from the Youth Parliament to the Municipal Youth House – Ruse and their leaders performed a cheerful ceremony in  the courtyard of the Social Services Complex. They had all devoted time and effort to obtain and deliver winter clothes and shoes for their less fortunate peers who are clients of social services.

The conditions created by the pandemic make this gesture all the more necessary and invaluable, especially for children who live in poverty.

As a…

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The major Bulgarian holiday – St. Dimitrov’s Day – brought the children and young people from the “Pink House” great news. They received a donation from people who understand their needs and want to make their lives better. @Evelina Petkova from the town of Byala gave them specially prepared bedroom sets, blankets, towels, hats and scarves, washing powder and various consumables, fruits and treats, which she prepared together with her friends. Evelina is a third-year student …

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For the second year, students from  Friedrich Schiller School give us a lesson in empathy and generosity. On the occasion of the World Hunger Day, the student parliament organized a collection of food products for the disadvantaged children who are clients of the Ruse complex. The Equilibrium team expresses great gratitude to the children, their parents and teachers, who can be proud of what the children do for others! Thank you for your sensitivity,…

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Our ‘’Sustainable Families 2” project was funded by the Iris programme that supports projects of civil society, community centres and initiative groups to help vulnerable children and their families whose lives are made worse by COVID 19.

The programme was established on the initiative of a Bulgarian donor forum, a National Children’s Network and the Workshop for Civic Initiatives and is managed by the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation.

The EQ project is a continuation of…

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After participating in the “School without Walls” on “Outdoor Training”, under the Erasmus + programme, Gabriela Ivanova, a human rights student and Gabriela Stoyanova, a student of business administration, applied the acquired knowledge by organizing an outdoor session for the children from the centre for street children. 

Games drawn from the course manual and played in a local park helped the exploration of different themes. They also acquired new valuable knowledge on various topics related to environmental and environmental…

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A day spent in dramatic natural surroundings close to Kapinovski Monastery provoked positive emotions during an improvised teambuilding for the teams from the centres for social support and street children from the Ruse complex.

Here are some of the responses shared by team members:

“Complete way of exploring the team and exchanging experience.” – Bedina

“A fruitful time, filled with many positive emotions. Teamwork, bringing together the two teams and maintaining physical activity. “- Mariana

“Fruitful.…

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Denitsa and her husband-to-be, Lulcho asked their guests for money instead of flowers for their wedding day so that they could buy books and toys for EQ’s young clients from the centre for street children and other services.

They delivered the donations personally and many contained uplifting messages for the children.

As is our tradition, we provided the couple with a certificate as an expression of our gratitude and admiration. Thank you Mr & Mrs Georgiev.

 

After the forced break caused by the COVID pandemic, the children and young people from the Pink House, our small-group home have spent a week holidaying on the Black Sea coast.

Our facility in the old fishing village of Tyulenevo provides direct access to a relatively unspoiled stretch of the coast where wonderful beaches (Bolata is conserved) are easily accessed. On those days that were cloudy, there is the opportunity to explore – Shabla, Shabla Tuzla, the historic relics…

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