Bulgarian Child, Inc.           Love and Loaves to Those in Need
7522 Campbell Rd. - St. 113 - 172 - Dallas, TX

June 2003 Trip
Overview Art Work Razliv Vidrare Pleven1 Totleben Sturmen Brestovitsa Mogilino Radevo Bogdanovo Straldja Dragodonovo Kermen Velingrad Panagyurishte Borovtsi Tri Kladentsi

Mogilino

Our visit to Mogilino was extremely interesting.

First of all - it's at the end of the earth - or maybe it just seemed that way.  We drove through some of the most beautiful countryside from Borovo across a small mountain to the village of Mogilino. Road signs are not that prevalent but with good maps and some good guessing we were able to find our way there with a minimum of back-tracking. (click here for map image)

This home has recently been written up in a very negative Sofia newspaper article so we were a bit anxious about what we would find. 

As it turns out that article was full of factual errors and lots of misleading information.

We first met with the Director of the home who wanted to know the purpose of our visit.  Having met with considerable troubles from prior visitors she wanted to make sure that our motives were non-political.  We assured her that we were really there only to help in any way that we could.

After a preliminary discussion we left to meet the kids. All of them that were ambulatory were outside on a couple of playground areas.  Most of them had recently had VERY short haircuts which had left many cuts on their scalp.  Given the prevalence of lice the haircuts were quite understandable - the cuts were less so.

The building was significantly remodeled in 1996 by a German firm and is in really excellent shape - especially as compared to other similar facilities in Bulgaria.  The physical plant both indoors and out is among the best shape of all of the homes we've visited.
The bed facilities for the young bed-bound children are these cribs with sides on them and although they are somewhat crowded the entire room is clean and well-cared for.

The rooms for older children are also a bit crowded but, as you can see from the pictures, they are lovely colors, clean and neat.

In one of the rooms there was this one "activity crib" where kids were in with some toys.  These toys looked totally unused though as did an ENTIRE room of physical rehabilitation equipment.

This home has a very large room filled with physical rehabilitation equipment that is simply never used (similar to the room at Gorna Koznitsa that is also unused).  The Director asked us if would might supply a team of folks to come to the home and help them learn how to use the equipment and how to work with the handicapped children. 

We are working on a solution to that request as well as the possibility of providing a Physical Therapist and Special Education Teacher for this home.

This "classroom" was obviously setup as a display for our visit and it's difficult to tell what might take place in here on a routine basis.

We were told that these children "can't learn" so there is simply no school as we know it.  We were told that they have some classes on things like colors and "how to dress".

 

There is a significant need here for training and a good possibility for a team that wishes to work with these children and train the staff of the facility.


Needs

  • Fruits & vegetables

  • soap, disinfectant, shampoo

  • Training on handicapped children (mental/physical)
  • Clothing (sweatshirts & pants are easiest for this population)

June 2003 Trip
Overview Art Work Razliv Vidrare Pleven1 Totleben Sturmen Brestovitsa Mogilino Radevo Bogdanovo Straldja Dragodonovo Kermen Velingrad Panagyurishte Borovtsi Tri Kladentsi