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On 24th February, 2010 Equilibrium (EQ) and Ruse’s Open Society Club (OSC) hosted a press conference in Ruse’s EU Information Office to announce our collaboration in the creation and implementation of an information campaign on the subject of foster care.

It’s our ambition to both improve public awareness of what foster care entails (as opposed to adoption for instance) and to encourage would-be foster parents to come forward. Fortuitously, our initiative coincides with government deinstitutionalization policy as recently publicized which…

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IMG00052In February 2010 the Ruse complex hosted a visit by six guests representing organizations that are collaborating in the creation of a family-type home in Novo Selo, near the city of Vidin in northwest Bulgaria.

Members of the local authority were accompanied by partners from two non-profit organizations – “Equal opportunities for children at risk” (Novo Selo) and the Free youth centre in Vidin. The visit took place within the terms of a joint project – “Securing a better future…

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On a monthly basis, members of the team at the complex meet with representatives of the city’s educational community – teachers, educational psychologists and pedagogical advisors.

This ‘resource group’ provides a very important interface between the two disciplines of social welfare and education. Significant issues are discussed and know-how is transferred.

‘Vassil Levski’ in Ruse is one of the biggest schools in the Balkans and members of the staff attend the resource group. In the lead-up to the festive break…

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Hope_and_Homes_for_Children_logo-150x150Setting up a model for the closure of institutions for babies’ is a joint venture of Equilibrium and Hope and Homes for Children, UK (experts in de-institutionalization in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa).

Bulgaria has reduced the number of children in residential care but the total number of children without permanent parents has not changed much in recent years. Institutions for children under the age of five remain under the management and administration of the Ministry of Health. The…

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Picture[2]The third contest was dedicated to the National Day of the Leaders (in the sense of nationbuilding) that fall on 1st November.

The main goal of the organizers from Ruse’s from Art Studio Palitra was to honour the work of the leaders and just like them the children to create their own little world in which more or less to contribute the culture of our country.

Children aged 4 to 18 years from all over Bulgaria sent a total of…

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trioOn 31st October, 2009 Equilibrium’s youth club introduced Halloween to the multiethnic child population of the village of Drjanovets.

With adult support from the secretary of the community hall, the mayoress and mum Galya, Annie, Pipi organised the scariest party ever seen this side of Transylvania. Competing for best costume, witches, spider queen, monsters and devils paraded on a stage decorated with hanging skeletons and black balloons. The 20 young participants were treated to cold punch with eyes floating on…

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[2]applesOn Friday, 30th October, 2009, the staff at the complex donned ghoulish costumes and entertained our young clients in a Halloween celebration.

The event was compered by Terrible AnTionetta (Toni – our art therapist) a cheerful witch. She greeted the special guests from Romania, Count Dracula (David) and his delectable but utterly demonic companion, Evil Eleonora (Eli) who were on a special mission. They needed to select a number of nasty creatures for the count’s exotic collection from among the…

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IMG00074The EQ team hosted a training event that extended over a period of two and a half days (22nd – 24th October 2009) and was presented by two representatives of the British organization People First.

Mike Le-Surf is a highly experienced trainer in the field of self-advocacy for those with disabilities. His colleague, James Hamilton, is, in fact, disabled: he has Down’s Syndrome. James is an articulate self-advocate and his account of how close family, friends and supporters cooperate to…

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denOn Friday, 9th October, 2009 Equilibrium and the Open Society Club hosted an event in the public reception area of Ruse’s theatre complex.

They were joined in the venture by their valued media partner, Arena Media, for a very important reason (please read on).

Before the EQ team made their various presentations, the audience was addressed by his Excellency, Geoffrey Keating, Ireland’s ambassador to Bulgaria whose informal visit to the social services complex during 2008 was hosted by EQ. He…

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