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

Radevo

Radevo is one of two "Internat" schools that lie within the boundries of the Obshtina Nova Zagora and are now fully the responsibility of this "county".  (The other is Bogdanovo).

These are primarily "boarding" schools where the kids attend school and live here during the school year but go home during the summer.

These two schools represent the worst of what Bulgaria has to offer in terms of facilities.  These buildings are old, worn, crowded places with no central heat and, in the case of Radevo, only one shower for their population of 100 kids. (Bogdanovo has two!)

The bedrooms are the most crowded that I've encountered with little room to even walk between the beds.
The heat (seen clearly in the lefthand picture) is from coal stoves placed on inner walls of the school.  It's gotta be cold in the beds on the outer walls by the windows.

Imagine 20-25 children bunking in a room measuring 25' x 15' and living and eating on an allowance of 40 cents a day.

This shower - placed by the one sink on this floor - is the ONLY shower available for the 100 kids that live here during the school year.

Also, the only toilets are outside.

Medicines are simply not provided but are available by collection from the salaries of the staff of the home.

There are NO books, games, puzzles.
There is no chance of fresh fruit or vegetables and even if they had them there would be no refrigerated space to store them.

Classrooms are totally devoid of materials such as books & maps and they are extremely crowded.

We were told that they have virtually no school supplies to wrok with and no recreational facilities or supplies at all.

This room (either a classroom or study room - I honestly can't remember) is also amazingly crowded.  In fact, this entire building is just crammed with kids (who were on summer vacation when we visited in June)

 

Thanks to Dave & Mary Elmstrom (Peace Corps Volunteers), we met with the Nova Zagora Rotary Club and have established a relationship with them.  I'm hopeful that we'll be able to do a joint project with them during this coming year.


Needs

This school has overwhelming needs - the most serious one being space.  The 100 kids in this one building are crowded at every turn and have little to occupy themselves with during non-school hours.

  • Refrigeration

  • Freezers

  • Fruits & vegetables

  • Food of all kinds

  • soap, disinfectant, shampoo

  • New beds & mattresses

  • Clothing!
  • Shoes
  • Books, games, puzzles
  • Paper, notebooks, pens, pencils
  • Construction paper
  • recreational items

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