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Implemented projects :: Two little girls

Two little girls

TLGTrafficking in human beings, often described as “modern slavery”, is a serious crime associated with exploitation of people who are treated as commodity for sale. Trafficking is a highly lucrative business for traffickers, with gains between 7 and 8 billion annually worldwide. For the victims, human trafficking is always accompanied with violence, control, coercion and false promises. For the majority of people in Bulgaria this problem sounds unreal, or distant, but the truth is that this is one of the biggest risks for the well-being of citizens and society’s security at the moment.

Trafficking in human beings and particularly the children on move, as a cross-border phenomenon, affects the countries in Eastern Europe due to their geographical position which makes them primarily countries of origin and transit. The strategic location makes these countries particularly vulnerable to illegal channels for human trafficking and human smuggling. There are several other rationales that contribute for this situation such as economic inequalities between different strata of the societies due to educational reasons, unemployment and poverty.

In 2011, in collaboration with the National Commission for Combating Trafficking of Human Beings (NCCTHB), BFPA implemented the first stage of the campaign “Two Little Girls”. The campaign is based on short animated film aimed to inform young women in Eastern Europe of the danger of being sex trafficked. It follows the stories of two young women who were cruelly deceived by people they knew and trusted and were then trafficked into sex working against their will. The “Two Little Girls” campaign is currently active in eight countries in Eastern Europe (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Bulgaria, Belarus, Romania & Lithuania).

The initial design of the campaign was done by the UK charity “EAVES” and was supported by various NGOs such as Ingrid Broad, Women’s Trust Fund, Network for Social Change, Staples Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Tudor Trust and Comic Relief. Early in 2012 a further grant was agreed by Comic Relief to allow campaigns in each country to develop a second phase following interesting initiatives developed during the first phase of the campaign.  Also extra support was given on the administrative and monitoring side.

In 2012 EAVES and BFPA introduced new pilot action targeting the children from the most vulnerable communities in Bulgaria. The approach relies on the involvement of Roma children in the design and elaboration of short animation that addresses the main causes for poverty. The approach has 2 inter-related sides: firstly the product will be produced following the identified local needs of the young people and secondly, while the children are involved in the design of the animation it creates room for dissemination of wide range of topics related to trafficking, gender, education etc.

 

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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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Implemented projects :: Two little girls