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Ongoing 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

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 counselling and testing for Roma youth”, 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.

 
Social and health messages in Roma neighbourhoods through theatre

Sofia, July 31, 2019

On the last day of July the Roma neighbourhood Fakulteta in Sofia was visited by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Servantes. We started with the best – Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. The Roma actress Natalia Tzekova staged a funny and educational performance with the participation of talented children and youth from the neighborhood in which the art was intertwined with social and health related messages. Romeo and Juliet demonstrated the benefits of family planning, contraception and health education and spoke in verse about the harm of school dropout, early marriages and children having children. The participants performed short sketches which contained the same messages, debunked myths and demonstrated how powerful personal example is. Don Quixote explained some of the community specificities which started a short discussion on stage who should take example from whom about health and health prevention. In between sketches and play scenes the participants shared their own personal stories about health and family planning. At the end of the play as a recap of what was presented they raised a few banners with messages on the same topic”: “I have dreams and goals”, “I am not an incubator for babies”, “Ask – someone will tell you”. The audience appreciated the messages and the element of humor in the sketches and play scenes.

 
The alumni of the first Health Education Academy graduated successfully

Sofia, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17th. Our first alumni class of the Sofia Health Education Academy demonstrated their skills and knowledge in front of classmates, teachers, school directors, school psychologists, parents and supporting institutions. The solemn event took place in the Events Hall at 1st High school, Sofia. The young people from 1st, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design split into three teams after “drawing straws” and presented the topics “Transformations During Puberty”, “Contraception and STIs” and “Prevention of addictions”. We are very glad that our video on puberty was part of the “fun”. Otherwise the presentations pushed the audience to participate actively. The culmination was a surprise for all – we were visited by the TV show “Masters of the air” who enhanced the effect of the challenge.

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Ongoing projects :: The Storytellers