REPORT ON TABITHA BULGARIA FOUNDATION’ S CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN 2021
HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS 2022 TO ALL OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS!
Tabitha Bulgaria Foundation is indebted to all our donors, volunteers and friends for their efforts, kind understanding and commitment to the underprivileged children in the Eve of Christmas .Thanks to their help and in the midst of COVID 19 challenges, once again Tabitha Bulgaria Foundation was able to organize a Christmas campaign. More than 600 children and young adults at 30 Bulgarian social institutions were cheered up with presents and warm food for Christmas and the New Year’s Eve. Another 120 low-income senior people from Roman and the region were supported with winter packages, presents and wood.
In the last 10 years Stitching Promoties has held the Bulgarian underprivileged children’s fate at heart and allocated money for Christmas. Without their generous financial support we would not have been able to launch the Christmas campaign. As ever we are especially grateful to Maarten Koel for his kind heart and personal involvement in the Christmas campaign for the social homes in Botevgrad, Borovan, Dren, Dupnitsa, Gorski Senovets, Mezdra, Pleven, Roman, Samokov, Stara Zagora, Vratsa.
PROMOTIE Foundation Tabitha-Netherlands Board G.O.A.L. Inc
Some of the institutions got extra donations from Tabitha Bulgaria’s partners. We would like to acknowledge the 22-years of support from Tabitha Netherlands and especially from the Boitens for their steady moral guidance and financial assistance which has enabled Tabitha Bulgaria Foundation to do its work and not fail the expectations of the less fortunate. We also want to thank G.O.A.L. Inc (UK) for their Christmas donation which provided additional Christmas support for four homes (, Pleven, Roman, Dren and Samokov) and to acknowledge the active role of Jody Kerr, Alice Danesh and Emma Daw for their charity initiative. We would like to recognize the many-year dedication and ceaseless help of Bulgarian Orphan Fund (Ireland) at Christmas, especially of Catherine Barkley’s, her wonderful sister Miriam, relatives, friends and colleagues, which made the children in Roman very happy.
Special thanks for the support of SEWA (Sofia Expats Women Association) who provided winter packages for 50 low-income senior people in Roman to help them make it through the winter. They also provided presents for the children to some of the institutions we support: Mezdra, Vratsa, Roman.
The regular support of Werkgroep Bulgarije in Wijk & Aalburg (NL) for the social institutions in Stara Zagora made the children very happy. In addition to food , the new social houses bought wardrobes and sofas.
The help of KVS Agro Bulgaria, Ltd for the senior people in Roman and the children from Roman was greatly welcomed. They distributed food and presents to 20 elderly for Christmas.
Three Rotaracts from Sofia (Serdica, Vitosha and Tangra) launched an active campaign “Buy and Donate” (Купи и Дари) at Metro Cash and Carry and a part of the collected products were distributed by Tabitha Bulgaria to the social homes in Borovan, Botevgrad, Vratsa, Roman, Dupnitsa, Dren, Samokov and other places.
The help of our families and friends was greatly appreciated. They gave us a hand in packing the presents for the social homes. We would like to recognize the help of our volunteers Eli, Yana Angelova, and Philip and Adi, the smallest volunteers, Iliana Stoilova, Ivan and Petja, Lina Valcheva, Angela Makarieva, Svetla Jankieva, Kelsa Smith- Moushkourova, Lisa Freij and many others who helped us, make it through the Christmas campaign in December 2021. We are thankful to Maria Soskova and family for their financial support for Christmas. We are grateful and moved by the regular New Year’s initiative of Ivan and Philip Matovs and their friends who fund-raised 1230 BGN at their party at the Eve of 2022!
Volunteers KVS Agro Rotaract at Metro Ivan& Philip Maria&Joe
Tabitha’s Christmas campaign was preceded by a lot of shopping, making presents , logistic and travelling by Tabitha’s team.
TABITHA FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN provided presents, parties and food for the following social institutions in Bulgaria:
BOROVAN (NW Bulgaria – 140 km off Sofia) – 2 Centre of accommodation of a family type – 19 children and young adults’ aged 9-19 living in dire straits. We also provided for the Centre for community support and personal development “M.Belmustakova” for underprivilaged children.
Food and presents for the instintution. Presents for the M.Belmostakoa Center Dancing and fun
TWO BOTEVGRAD CENTRES FOR ACCOMMODATION OF A FAMILY TYPE – there are 24 children and young adults, aged 6-25, some with serious mental and physical disabilities. We brought them presents and food. Tabitha Bulgaria also supports two grannies on Baba projects and a psychiatrist financed by Berlin Rotary Club and Lisa Freij.
We cheered up the Christmas season at the Centre with presents and food!
DREN – Home for children deprived of parental cares “Joy” – 22 children, aged 8- 17 years. We provided warm blankets and food so the kids were really excited. We supported two grannies on the Baba project by G.O.A.L. Inc. and a group of expats ladies (Cathy, Carole, Eileen, Fiona, Lyndsay) who used to live in Bulgaria
The children received warm blankets and food.
DUPNITSA SOCIAL HOMES – 30 children and adults 7- 19 years of age: two Centres for accommodation of a family type for children with disabilities and a Centre for healthy children, Transitional House. We provided for them crocks, bags with chocolate treats and food for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.
They were happy with the presents and food we gave them
GORSKI SENOVETS –Day care centre for 25 handicapped young adults “Small Sun” –, aged 15-35, with serious disabilities. All participants were very excited to participate in the Christmas party and welcomed St. Clause who brought them presents. We provided them with Christmas treats, chocolates and food.
St.Clause brought presents and gave them to all participants.
MEZDRA – Complex for children with mental and physical disabilities (60 children and adults, age 4-25, accommodated in 4 Centres, a protected house for 6 young people and a transitional home for 10 adolescents. We bought them food and bags with delicious treats. We also provided presents and booklets with colour pencils for the kids from low-income families at the kindergarten (55 children).
Food St. Clause with presents Kids from a kindergarten for low-income families
PLEVEN – Home for medico-social cares (70 kids, 0 – 4, 5 years, more than 70% 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 expensive medicines because the Social home cannot afford to buy them.
Kids enjoying the presents and the beautiful Christmas tree.
ROMAN 1 – Complex for social services for children and families: 55 children and young adults (2 Centres for accommodation of a family type and a Transitional apartment for young adults who are due to leave the institution, 30 persons) and 25 children from the Day Care Centre for disabled children from Roman and the region. Thanks to our friends from the Bulgaria Orphan Appeal and G.O.A.L. Inc we bought them food not only for Christmas and New Year’s diners but also meat, salami, sausages, sweets and fruit to last a month. We support 4 grannies on Baba Project, two by Maarten Luykx(Nl), one by Bulgarian Orphan Appeal(IE) and BAS(US).
Happy girls Food Kids singing Kids with presents
ROMAN 2 – Three Centres for accommodation of a family type for children and young adults with disabilities – 30 persons. The children received warm pyjamas and Christmas bags with treats. We brought them a lot of food for the Christmas holidays from our Irish friends, from Bulgarian orphan appeal.
Much food for the Christmas and New Year’s Eves diners and pijamas.
SAMOKOV CENTRE FOR ACCOMMODATION OF A FAMILY TYPE. – 12 children, aged 5-18 years. We brought them food and crocs. Our friends from Rotary Serdika brought them their dream presents. They not only performed for us but had also cooked lunch and Christmas cookies to treat us.
Happy with a present! The kids had cooked dinner for us! Rotary and Rotaract Sofia Serdica visit .
STARA ZAGORA – Small group houses – 38 children and young adults. We provided presents for all the children and young adults.
Home-made ritual bread Enjoying the presents!
STARA ZAGORA 7 Centres for accommodation of a family type – 90 children and adults, most of them with physical and mantal problems,aged 7-19. They all received presents and food for the Chrsitmas holidays.
In the last couple of months Stara Zagora’s homes have rceived some financial support from Werkgroep Bulgarije in Wijk & Aalburg to buy food and some urgent goods.
Good food and cheerful New Year’s diner New wardrobes
VRATZA CENTRS FOR ACCONNODATION O|F A FAMILY TYPE, Transitional Home, 23 children and young adults(aged 7-25).
Many presents and food for the children!
VRATZA SOCIAL COMPLEX, (54 children) consisting of 3 Centres for accommodation for disabled children – 42 children and adults, aged 6 – to over 25 years and a transitional home for 8 young adults and and Unit for mothers and babies – 4 children and moms. We provided food and presents for all of them. The children were happy and enjoyed the party for Christmas. Though some were in invalid chairs they were also included in the celebration. Thanks to their babas the children performed songs. We support 3 grannies on Baba project, financed by BAS, Corawill Inc and the support of Tabitha’s donors.
Enjoying the party and the presents! Food for all!
SENIOR PEOPLE in Roman and the region – 50 elder people with low income received 2 m³ fire-wood and 120 People got winter packages, containing 2 kg of flour,2 lcooking oil, rice, beans, lentils, sugar, instant soups, macaroni, biscuits, waffles and jam.
Like every year in the last 9 years we received a generous lump sum from the Foundation MAX Maakt Mogelijk (NL) for the old people with low income in the town of Roman and the region through “Tabitha Netherlands” and the personal commitment of Rients Boiten. We also got food supply from SEWA for another 50 elder people. KVS Agro Bulgaria donated food packages for 20 more retired people.
Wood from MAX SEWA food packets KVS Agro Bylgaria Ltd and Valentin
HAPPY CHILDREN WITH MANY PRESENTS
SMILING FACES, HAPPY CHILDREN!
- We also supplied food and treats to 7 orphaned children from a poor family from the village of Rebarkovo whose father passed away and the mother is mentally ill. Their grandmother takes care of them.
TABITHA BULGARIA TEAM /ALBENA & GEORGE/