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Implemented projects :: The Storytellers

The Storytellers

Narativ logoSupported by the Open Society Foundations 

“The Storytellers” ( 2018 - 2020) - a project of BFPA, supported by The Open Sociaty Foundations Berlin office, is focusеd on changing the narrative – the way we talk about Roma, PLHIV, people with disabilities and as a whole the way we talk in Bulgaria, via communicable, revealing and inspiring messages and key words and innovative approaches. The project has three main interrelated workstreams:

    • Campaign to reach the “movable middle” and inspire proactive approach and development of critical thinking;

    • A training for health service providers and field workers in Bulgaria on basics of storytelling, narrative medicine with focus on Roma and other vulnerable groups "Changing the narrative", in partnership with the Narativ company and its world-known experts on the subject;

    • A documentary play called “The storytellers” in which women from different generations, educational background, past, social environment and ethnicity share the stories of their grandparents and their personal stories.

These three streams are an instrument to reach in synergy a better understanding and approach to Roma community and to improve the health services provision for Roma communities as well as the interaction of different strata of society.

Main target audiences in project are:
- Medical Service providers - Roma medical students and their mentors, university professors, health mediators
- Key BFPA experts, staff, partners and volunteers, who work for better access to health, educational and social services - integral part of BFPA advocacy goals;
- Members of the LAP (Learning Action partnership) - NGO's academics and state structures, working for prevention of sexual exploitation and violence against children and young people in institutions.
The indirect beneficiaries are all the patients, clients and target groups representatives the trained professionals work with.

 

Related materials

- Interview with the storytellers

- Coverage of the event 

 

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Latest news

Learning Action Partnership: Efforts for Guaranteed Sustainability

Sofia, February 12, 2020

The first for 2020 meeting of the Learning Action Partnership took place in Sofia on February 12, 2020. The agenda included review of activities done on project up to the moment, fixing of concrete future activities and defining small working groups for the different strategic directions.
Representatives of organizations and institutions who participated shared their working plans and the possibility of inclusion of other LAP members in joint activities. Part of the feedback was connected with the increase of fake news, including on priorities of the Partnership. The atmosphere of the event was businesslike, but with extremely well expressed solidarity and good collaboration feeling. In the debates during the meeting important actual topics were covered, such as increasing media and digital literacy of children and challenges, which we are meeting in our work with teachers with long practice on certain age and with burnout. Forming network of children and young people with innovative model of managing was discussed, which will aim decreasing the aggression of children under residential care. How to focus our work so that the efforts put to have guaranteed sustainability; science and research approach and regional and national level partnerships; the need to work together to change the environment – were among topics discussed during the event.

 
Most significant change: Documenting stories

Dolna Banya, January 24-26, 2020

On January 26-28 BFPA organized a meeting of the teams working on the project „My body, my rights” from Sofia, Yambol and Montana. Representatives of the three locations shared their experiences from the implemented field activities. We discussed problems which health mediators, self-help group members and their partners face and paid special attention on possible ways and strategies for solving. Participants put accent on good practices that had been identified up to the moment. It was the perfect time to watch and discuss several videos, showing the fieldwork as well as image “memes” with messages, which show benefits of family planning.
Participants gave feedback also for the freshly prepared Manual for self-support groups and for the Health application for mobile devices, which will be useful in the future work on the project and after its ending. Divided into groups by locations the participants from Sofia, Yambol and Montana worked on possible ways of documenting stories for the most significant change of people’s lives as result of the work of project teams and health specialists.

 
Start of the second edition of the Sofia Health Education Academy

Sofia, December 16, 2019

After a successful and intense first year during which the first batch of alumni peer educators of the Sofia Health Education Academy got skills and knowledge which they are already sharing with their peers, we started the second academic year. In this process the BFPA team works with valuable partners – the PIST Directorate of Sofia Municipality, the National Centre for Public Health and Analyses with MoH (NCPHA) and the Bulgarian Red Cross Youth (BRCY)
During the academic 2018-2019 teams of young people from 1st High school, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design, supported by their school psychologists underwent an intensive training program and at the end of the education received certificates and demonstrated their abilities in front of schoolmates, parents and teachers.

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Implemented projects :: The Storytellers