Help for Rural Areas
Benefit & Joy has again visited the Haskovo region / Ljubimec in Bulgaria.
Kindergarden in Losen
We met the mayor of the small village Losen, who explained in detail what has to be done to rebuild the ground floor of the local kindergarten. The walls are dump, the windows are very old, which leads to a very bad condition of the building and also means that it actually cannot be used for the children. There will be serious attempts made by the local government in the near future to raise money from both public and European funds. Benefit & Joy is ready to help as much as we can. The little village with 400 inhabitants (formally 1.500) shows the situation of the rural areas in whole Eastern Europe.
Primary School “Sv. Kiril i Metodi”
Primary school “Sv. Kiril i Metodi” in the village of Malko Gradishte is the last existing school in the rural area of Ljubimec, region Haskovo. At the moment about 100 children are visiting this school.
As we promised during our first visit in 2011, we donated urgently needed school supply, which we bought in the district town Haskovo together with principal Tanja Toscheva, including world maps for the class rooms, paper, office and stationery goods, etc.
We also brought some hardware for the teachers, like printer and laptop.
In addition we gave some colored balloons, balls and sweets to the children, which they really liked!
The school ground inspection showed unbelievable deficiencies. There are almost no possibilities for the children to play or to do sports. The former swimming pool is broken. The former sports hall is in a ruinious state and cannot be renovated. It causes a serious danger for the kids, because it may collapse any minute. There is a second building in an also horrible condition, but because of its solid construction it may be saved. It used to be a canteen and also it could be used for additional classrooms.
We also saw some positive things, like the renovated roof and windows of the main building and a newly built toilet house for both teachers and children.
We revealed the following plan together with principal Tanja Toscheva: Benefit & Joy is ready to continue the partnership and to help as much as we can, but of course we cannot cover all the costs. Though we have the chance to arrange a triple financing, containing funds of the local authority, the European Union (especially because of the fact that the EU has recently opened some funds for Roma people in Eastern Europe, and this school actually teaches a lot of Roma children) and last but least donations from Benefit & Joy. As soon as Mrs. Toscheva reveals concrete plans together with the administration, Benefit & Joy will join in and also do volunteer work on the spot.
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Image Gallery: Aid Projects Bulgaria 2012