REPORT ON TABITHA BULGARIA FOUNDATION’ S CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN 2015
We are happy to inform you that Tabitha Bulgaria Foundation successfully completed the Christmas campaign 2015. More than 20 social institutions with 568 children and 125 low income older people from Roman and the region received presents, parties and warm food in the Eve of Christmas and New Year. Thanks to the generous support and kind understanding of Tabitha Bulgaria’s donors, volunteers and fans we made the children and the elderly happy and radiant at Christmastide. To cheer up the miserable existence of many underprivileged children and old people we covered more than 3500 kilometres in two, three weeks and were blessed by a sunny and warm weather. The smiles on the children’s faces were the greatest reward we got. The gratitude and tears in the eyes of the old people were worth the efforts and were even more touching.
We are happy to share that this year we also received donation from the Bulgarian School in Boston “Saints Cyril and Methodius” and its Branch in Cape Cod. They launched a fund-raising event to collect money for the underprivileged children in the Bulgarian social institutions. We would like to recognize the personal involvement of the Director of the school, Mr. Rossen Dimitrov. The money was divided between the “Assen Zlatarov” orphanage in Vratsa and the Social House in Samokov.
Tabitha foundation also appreciated the great New Year’s initiative of Ivan and Philip Matov and their friends who collected money at their New Year’s party and bought blood pressure meter and massage couch for Pleven medico-social home. We would like to recognize the kind gesture of Margarita F. family, who donated the money for their Christmas presents to the less fortunate children in Bulgaria.
Money collected by Ivan & Philip
and friends’ initiative.
We are grateful for the personal involvement of our families and friends who gave us a hand in packing the presents for the homes and cooking for IWC Bazaar. Special thanks to Marina Blaginova and her friends who made a huge amount of delicious cookies and cakes for IWC Bazaar. We also appreciated the great help of
Fashion Studio LMV and the cooking skills of Kati and her friends, the fantastic cooking skills of Maria Kubadinska and her wonderful group, and the support of the charming team of Customers’ Services Desk at ING Bank for IWC Bazaar. Special acknowledgement to Nina, Marta, Iliana, Elena and the volunteers from Samokov , Melani, Borjana and Iva, who helped us make it through the Christmas campaign in December 2015.
Tabitha Bulgaria also participated in the fund-raising activities in support of more Bulgarian children and people in need at the IWC Bazaar. Even the King’s couple bought from Tabitha’s tablecloths, made by the girls from Roman Institution on the Stichting Kindertehuizen Bulgarije “geloof, hoop&liefde (NL) and IWC vocational project.
The Christmas campaign in December 2015 started with a generous donation from the Foundation MAX Maakt Mogelijk (NL) for the old people with low income in the town of Roman and the region through “Help Tabitha (Nl) and the personal commitment of Rients Boiten. The misery in which the old people live in is heartbreaking. We provided for 58 people winter packages with essential food stuffs: cooking oil, rice, beans, lentils, sugar, instant soups, macaroni, biscuits, jam, waffles and 2 m³ firewood per person. The elder children from the Roman social institution helped us make and distribute the packages. The old people were moved by the generous donation because it would help them live through the winter.
The money fund-raised by Help Tabitha and MAX donation went also for the Christmas party for 50 older people in Roman. The kids from the orphanage performed at the party. The mayor of Roman attended the elder people’s Christmas party and paid them respect.
Another wonderful event in the Eve of the Christmas Holidays was the official opening of a soup kitchen for 30 low-income old people in Roman. Thanks to the sympathy and commitment of Maria and Ken from ‘K&M Invest Ltd to the miserable fate of the elderly we will provide hot soup and bread to the people the whole winter and spring. Maria herself came to the inauguration of the soup kitchen and there were tears in her eyes.
The only decent food for the woman. Maria among the elderly. The old people enjoy the soup.
Thanks to PROMOTIE FOUNDATION (NL) we provided Christmas presents for all social institutions Tabitha Foundation works with. Some of the institutions got additional donations from other Tabitha’s partners.
BOTEVGRAD CENTRES OF ACCOMMODATION OF A FAMILY TYPE – there are 20 children and adults, aged 6-25, some with serious mental and physical disabilities.
We brought them new slippers and sweets for the party.
DOGANOVO – Home for children deprived of parental cares – 30 children, age 7-19. Their party was at “Pero” Café which provided excellent catering for the children. The girls performed dances which they learnt at the dancing lessons financed by Stichting Kindertehuizen Bulgarije “geloof, hoop&liefde (NL)I We brought the children presents provided by Promotie Foundation (Nl).
The children got a wonderful party and presents.
DREN – Home for children deprived of parental cares “Joy” – 18 children, aged 2- 14 years. Our Babas received well deserved presents and we organized a matinee party for them.
Presents for our babas Babas enjoying themselves St.Clause giving presents
GORNA BANJA CENTRE FOR ACCOMMODATION OF A FAMILY TYPE – 14 teenagers, aged 14-18 who used to reside at Doganovo orphanage until September 2015. We provided them cosmetic sets and they celebrated the Christmas party with their friends from Doganovo at the “Pero” café shop.
Christmas party at “PERO” café with the Doganovo kids. They found their presents under the Christmas tree
DUPNITSA SOCIAL HOME – 56 children and adults 7- 19 years of age, accommodated at several Centres for accommodation of a family type. We provided for them food for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations and some presents.
St. Clause brought the presents. The children perform dances at the party.
GORSKI SENOVETS – Home for handicapped children “Small Sun” –, aged 4-21, Protected home and Day Care Centre – altogether 55 children and young people. The children were very excited to participate in the Christmas party and to have a St. Clause who brought them presents, financed by Stichting Promoties NL)
St. Clause brought the presents. The children perform dances at the party.
GURKOVO HOME FOR CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF PARENTAL CARES – 18 children, aged 3-7. We gave Christmas presents and food because last summer we had Dutch volunteers from Soest who helped there.
George left the presents under the tree. The kids enjoyed them at the party!
MEZDRA – Complex for children with mental and physical disabilities (52 children and adults, age 4-25, accommodated in 3 Centres, a protected house for 6 young people and transitional home for 10 adolescents. Stichting Promoties (NL) provided food and fruits or the Christmas and New Year’s lunches and some Christmas sweets for the social units.
Food, fruit and chocolates for all unites at Mezdra Social Complex.
PLEVEN – Home for medico-social cares (80 kids, 0 – 4,5 years, more than half of them bed-ridden or with serious mental and physical problems. The party was attended by St. Clause who distributed toys, sweets, and chocolates to the kids. G.O.A.L. Inc provided also money for the party and presents.
The kids received a great Christmas party with St. Clause and presents, a lot of vegetable, fruit and meat jars, paste and purees.
RAZLIV – Home for children deprived of parental cares “St. Ivan Rilski” – 40 children, aged 6-19. The children performed Bulgarian Christmas traditions, songs and dances. The children, who participated in the cooking lessons, financed by Stichting Kindertehuizen Bulgarije “geloof, hoop&liefde (NL) and their teacher had made delicious food for the party. The children got many presents, food and clothes. The children got new furniture for the living room from the Soest group (NL) and who renovated it and also from Bulgarian American Society.
Typical Bulgarian Mummers Children performing Albena gave presents. The food was delicious!
SAMOKOV CENTRE FOR ACCOMMODATION OF A FAMILY TYPE. – 14 children, aged 10-16 years. The children were brought from Doganovo orphanage a year ago. Stichting Kindertehuizen Bulgarije “geloof, hoop&liefde (NL) provides swimming lessons for the children there and that’s why for Christmas they asked us big towels and cosmetics for the swimming lessons. We also gave presents to our volunteers in Samokov who have been helping us in the last couple of years.
The presents! Swimming lessons. Our volunteers!
STARA ZAGORA – Home for children deprived of parental cares “THEOPHANO POPOVA” Home (30 children, age 7-19, few of them deaf and mute). Our partners from Park Inn Hotel made a big Christmas tree in the hotel with letters from the children and eventually brought to the kids their dreamed presents. Stichting Promoties (NL) provided presents, fruits and refreshments for the Christmas holidays. The children had prepared wonderful Christmas program with Bulgarian Christmas traditions, dances, and songs.
St. Clause gives presents. Dancers performed Park Inn team Presents for all!
ROMAN – Centre for social services for children and families “N.Vaptzarov” (5 Centres for accommodation of a family type and a transitional apartment for young people who are due to leave the institution, 80 children, 35 with disabilities) and 20 children from the Day Care Centre. Thanks to our friends from t Irish Orphan Appeal we organized a wonderful Christmas party for all children and the staff in a nice restaurant in Mezdra (30 km from Roman). It was a day out of the institution and the children enjoyed every minute of it. The kids looked smart, well dressed with new clothes and cheerful and they enjoyed the food in the restaurant. The children surprised us with a great performance. All expenses for the party, DJ, transport and the Christmas presents were covered. Promotie Foundation(Nl) also made them wonderful presents and sweets bags. Our donors from G.O.A.L. provided food for Christmas and New Year’s Eve diners.
The children got many presents! They loved them. The kids enjoyed the lunch! Food for Christmas!
Shelter house in Sofia for adult girls, managed by Star of Hope Foundation. The flat is accommodated by young girls from Roman and Doganovo social institutions which Tabitha has supported..We provide help to them with scholarships, job opportunities and some financial aid to live on.
Preparing the food and celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s Eve!
VRATSA HOME for children deprived of parental cares ”Assen Zlatarov” ( 59 children, aged 6-19, few with mental problems, 9 adults in Transitional Home. We organized a wonderful Christmas party for the children in a nice restaurant of their choice with open fire and much dances. We also had Christmas support for Vratsa from their friends from Bruchem (NL) and Corawill Inc (US).
VRATZA SOCIAL COMPLEX, consisting of 3 Centres for accommodation for disabled children and a Day care centre for adult people with mental problems – 45 children and adults, aged 6 – to over 30 years.
CNST 1 Day Care Centre CNST 2 CNST 3
MANY PRESENTS, HAPPY CHILDREN!
MANY THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT, CONCERN AND UNDERSTANDING OF ALL DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED THE LESS FORTUNATE CHILDREN AND OLD PEOPLE ENJOY THE GREAT CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS!
TABITHA BULGARIA FOUNDATION IS LOOKING FORWARD TO FURTHER COOPERATION IN 2016 FOR THE SAKE OF THE LESS FORTUNATE!
TABITHA BULGARIA TEAM
/ALBENA & GEORGE/