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Ongoing projects :: The ability to change

THE ABILITY TO CHANGE

OAK logoThe project “The Ability to Change” (2019-2021) is a two-year project implemented by the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the financial support of the OAK Foundation.

It is a logical extension of a previous project of BFPA “The Art to Inform” – 2013 - 2018. 
The project aims to contribute for eradication of all forms of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in a moment when Bulgaria is with the highest perceived prevalence of all forms of such exploitation among the countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The project strives to change public attitudes and understanding and to attribute to “zero” tolerance in cases of child sexual exploitation. Additionally, it promotes pro-active, well-coordinated partnership approaches between different stakeholders and sectors in order to improve the implementation of the existing policy and legislative framework. The expected outcomes include strengthening the capacity of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) and its members (LAP is an interdisciplinary network, consisted of governmental institutions, NGOs and academia, created under “The Art to Inform” project) and extending the functioning of the LAP as a resource “hub” and coordination unit of the efforts of the state institutions and the civil society sector to combat sexual exploitation of children and youth in Bulgaria. The project will use innovative approaches (e.g. story telling) to broaden understanding of the causes for the sexual exploitation of children and youth and to change societal norms and behavior in the Bulgarian society that increase the risks.  Specific attention will be given to topics like violence and addressing harmful norms and stereotypes.
By mobilizing all relevant supporters, such as NGOs working with children, youth organizations, parent’s organizations, state institutions and agencies, education institutions and authorities, business organizations and media, the project will try to decrease the vulnerability of the environment for all children in the country. Special focus of all activities will be given to most vulnerable groups: those from poor and marginalized communities, children with disabilities, migrant children, 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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Ongoing projects :: The ability to change