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Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities (YPLD)

KMS LogoGroup photoLovech, November 24-25, 2016

One of the aims of Keep me Safe project of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) is to increase the work on prevention of sexual violence and harassment of YPLD. The efforts of the team together with the organizations working with and for young people with learning disabilities are to create supportive environment and better conditions for health-educational activities.
A two-day upgrading workshop, part of the prolongation of the Keep me Safe project of BFPA took place in Lovech in November 24-25, 2016. Participants from organizations and schools from Pleven, Dolni Dubnik and Lovech who were trained in interactive techniques during the active phase (2013–2015) of the project participated in it.

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Internal Organizational Changes for Improving the Work of Institutions for Young People with Learning Disabilities

DiscussionLogoSliven, November 3-4, 2016

A two-day workshop, part of the prolongation of the Keep me Safe project of the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) took place in Sliven in November 3-4, 2016. Organizations from Sliven and Yambol working with and for young people with special educational needs participated in it. 
One of the aims of the project is to increase the organizations’ work on prevention of sexual violence and harassment creating a supportive environment for the young people with learning disabilities and conditions for appropriate health educational sessions.
The workshop was an upgrading follow-up for the representatives of the five organizations. Part of them were trained in interactive techniques and exercises during the active phase of implementing the project (2013–2015).

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BFPA is a partner of TEDxMladostWomen 2016

PresentationLogoSofia, October 29 2016

On October 29th 2016 in the DNA space of the National Palace of Culture, TEDxMladostWomen 2016 took place. The topic is Time and this year BFPA is a partner to the event. Last year one of the lecturers was Dr Rada Stamenkova from BFPA, this year – one of the BFPA volunteers – Dimitrinka Borisova with a story of the (im)possible integration and the power of education. Memorable moments – the opera singer Mila Mihova as an event moderator, Mirolyuba Benatova telling about her developing career and the family that has not happened yet, Martina Vachkova about age and the actor’s walk of life. Powerful and electrifying moments. Decorated with the “Reverse your vision” exhibition, leading to the event hall.
TEDxMladostWomen is a part of the TEDWomen Global Initiative, dedicated to the power of women to be creators and driving force for change. The presentations were about Time, women’s place in it and how they pass through it.

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Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and LEAR experts together against violence and sexual exploitation of children

OAK LogoPanelSofia, September 20, 2016

„There is no other way to explain to ordinary people how the things are, but via personal stories. That is the only way we can show the society that the system is NOT working,” shared Ljuben Georgiev from Re-Act Society at the joint meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and the consultative group on project of PULSE Foundation, which took place on September 20, 2016 in “Peroto” club of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

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Mission Possible: Active Work of BFPA and NNHM during the summer

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ChukarkaAcross the country, July – August 2016

Teams of Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) and National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) actively worked during the summer months in different locations of the country. Joint activities of both organizations, in the frame of the project „Mission Possible”, aim to reduce health inequalities and to improve sexual and reproductive health of young people from vulnerable communities.
Maglizh, Rakitovo, Chukarka, Sotirya, Rozino, Hristo Danovo, Gradetz, Velingrad, Ihtiman, Peshtera, Rakitovo, Straldja, Kovachevtsi, Shivachevo and Blagoevgrad are the places where in the period May – September 2016 trainings, presentations, discussions and informational events on  topics connected with prevention on sexual transmitted and other infections, different methods of contraception, specifics during puberty, early marriages, drug and other addictions, hygiene were implemented. In parallel medical teams by locations are doing examinations, counseling and testing on STIs.

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Premiere of BFPA’s short video on puberty at a peer ToT training

Plovdiv, October 29-30, 2018

One of the main modules of the two-day training of young peer educators in Plovdiv was on puberty and growing up, during which for the first time  was presented BFPA’s short film on puberty, made as a part of the project “The Challenges of Growing Up”, funded in the frame of Lidl Bulgaria’s “You and Lidl for a Better Life” initiative. After watching it, the young participants in the training who were from three Plovdiv and three Sofia schools, plus the young volunteers of Red Cross Youth in Plovdiv, Haskovo and Pazardjik shared their impressions and recommendations, as part of an open discussion and filling a prepared in advance questionnaire. Among the main recommendation was the film to also be shown to parents and to start showing with younger children around 5th grade. They see the video as a good starting point for an educational discussion and thus will be good for a start. The rest of the training modules included contraception, hygiene, STI and HIV prevention, family planning, communicational skills and team-building, and there were a lot of questions, comments and discussions. The BYRC volunteers who attended the training supported with up-to-date statistical data about hygiene, HIV statistics in Bulgaria, health messages and campaigns.

 
LISTENING AND STORYTELLING TRAINING FOR CREATING CHANGE

Sofia, October 16-18, 2018

How to exit from our comfort zone and the coziness of the circle of people we are working with and know well; how to learn ourselves to patience; how to overcome obstacles that everyone of us is having, when listening someone...
Paul Browde, psychiatrist, storyteller and couples’ guide, graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Murray Nossel, clinical psychologist, Academy Award® nominated for documentary, founder and director of Narativ – both teaching narrative medicine in Columbian University – were facilitators of a listening and storytelling training for creating change, organized by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA). Health specialists and health mediators, psychologists, professionals working on the field with vulnerable communities (Roma, PLHIV, young people with learning disabilities and at risk etc.) from Blagoevgrad, Kazanlak, Lovech, Montana, Pleven, Pernik, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sliven, Sofia, and Sungurlare took part.

 
The benefits of having a young intern for a week

Sofia, October 1-5, 2018

During the week from October 1st to October 5th Lina Fadl, a 15 year old schoolgirl from the Victor Hugo French Lycee in Sofia took her internship with us at BFPA’s Sofia office. In the photo Lina is with her back to the camera, since she doesn’t like to be photographed, but her Biology teacher, who visited us to see how things are happening, can be seen well. It was a great joy for our team to be reinforced by someone with a fresh outlook and thinking. As always in such cases, the benefits were mutual – Lina learned from us how is functioning of a non-government organization, how to elaborate project proposals,  how to budget and report them, how to go on when your project proposal isn’t approved, why a Pap-smear is important, why besides HIV testing, counseling and support for people coming in for VCT is especially important, how and why to use educational playing cards, which other organizations are working in the field of education and healthcare, what socially responsible business means, and much more.

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