„DragZone“ makes teenager’s dream come true
On the eve of Christmas, a boy quietly whispers his most intimate dream, although he knows that there is no one in this world to realize it, or so he has thought so far. There is a feverish preparation for the holiday; the list of Christmas presents is ready. Every gift has a limit of 15 leva. So much the team of „Sauchastie (Co-participation)” association can afford. The boy is 16 years old and he is aware that for a sum of 15 leva (donated to each child placed in a foster family) he cannot get the dream bicycle for 700 leva but still shares his dream, albeit a joke. Christmas passes, January is set in the new year. It's also his month: cold, as cold as his dreams, except to have a bicycle. Even at sixteen, even a teenager, even a boy who has long been deprived of opportunities that have youngsters of his age, he starts to save money, but the amount is too much for him.
The team that works with the young man decides to look for opportunities to make his dream come true and addresses „Dragzone“, in the face of Galin Georgiev from Varna. A request is made to him for assistance to buy the bicycle at a discount.
After talks, it is clear that the dream model is not available in stores. Still, the hero in cycling clothes - Galin and his wonderful colleagues from „Dragzone“ - Varna, make every effort and perseverance and manage to collect the necessary parts from all the shops in Bulgaria to assemble the bicycle that was so much longed for.
In March, „Dragzone“ deliver their surprise. The bicycle is assembled and donated absolutely free for the boy's birthday! To his gift, „Dragzone“ also adds extra helmet and gloves for the boy to enjoy the adventures that would come with his new "friend". And as in every tale: „When you want something so very much, the whole universe helps you“ ... With sincere thanks to the Dragzone team: Galin, Jordan, Christian and Ivo, as well as the stores in this chain that sent the necessary parts.
Santa Claus was with us again!
On the eve of the holiday, Santa Claus came to us again, and this year we were a lot more!
With the support of “Kids Care” (London), Santa Claus gave many gifts to children in foster families from Varna and Aksakovo. At the Christmas party children and adults played together and enjoyed the good we have achieved during the year. For many children in foster families last year brought more love and health, more confidence, greater self-sufficiency and full development. That is why Santa Claus thanked the foster parents and promised to come again next year.
New charity event for children from foster families
For a second successive year “Ustrem” Veloclub organizes a charity event for children in foster families, supported by “Sauchastie” Association. At the organized party the children received vouchers for visiting various activities such as swimming, fiolk dances, football and table tennis. Each child was provided with special present that will be needed for the activity for which he/she has received a voucher. Host of the event was again Spiritual and Educational Center at “St. Arhangel Mihail” church.
Candidates - foster parents and foster parents received certificates for completed training courses
Basic training of a group of 7 candidates - foster parents is over. They are expected to be approved soon to become foster parents and to join the number of foster parents in Varna who are raising babies taken from maternity hospital.
Candidates – foster parents have received their certificates for finished basic training together with 12 foster parents who underwent advanced training to care for children with special needs (20 часа). This training was attended by foster parents from different providers (“Sauchastie” Association, Varna municipality, Municipality of Dolni Chiflik). They had the opportunity to exchange experience, information, and to gain practical skills for raising children with different special needs. It is expected that this autumn a new course to be organized for advanced training of foster parents to raise children with special needs.
Union Section of Foster Parents in Varna
Foster parents in Varna established union section of “Podkrepa” Confederation of Labour at “Sauchastie” (Co-participation) Association. It is the first in the country labour – professional association of foster parents. The establishment of the trade union section was done in collaboration with “Sauchastie” Association and “St. Andrey” Social Association that will continue to support foster parents.
At their first meetings union members raised the most important questions related to the violation of their rights:
1. Compulsory transition from employment contracts to civil contracts of the foster parents without changing the nature of their activity. Transition to civil contracts deprives them of security and essentially breaches their labour rights (for pension, health security, benefits).
2. Compulsory change of the service provider without giving any chance to foster parents to choose a provider with whom foster parents could sign contracts for providing foster care.
3. Difficulties in interactions of foster parents with GPs, especially in preparing documents for adoption of foster children.
4. Lack of readiness on behalf schools and teachers to collaborate with foster families, to keep confidentiality for personal history of the children and to work for the successful adaptation of foster children at school.
Union members also insist on revaluating the system of single aid for the families, to revise the procedure for international adoption.
The trade union organization at the moment of establishment has 21 foster parents - members. For further information or for membership application those who wish please call 0895518310 (Eleonora Chorbadzhieva). Every foster parent can become member of the trade union organization despite of the fact that he/she works under a civil contract.