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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.

 

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- Interview with the storytellers

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Zero Tolerance towards Sexual Exploitation of Children

Sofia, November 13, 2019

Another meeting of the Learning Action Partnership (LAP) took place on November 13, 2019 in Sofia. This is, at the same time, the first LAP meting under the project “The Ability to Change”, that builds upon a previous project “The art to inform”. The members of the group discussed opportunities to unite efforts of different organizations and institutions for advocating in area of working on prevention and on cases, connected with sexual exploitation of children. One of the main goals of LAP during the next years is to have significant contribution towards zero tolerance in the society concerning sexual exploitation of children. Numerous initiatives are to come, such as capacity building trainings as well as development and implementation of pilot small projects and field initiatives.
The work of the Partnership is supported by the OAK Foundation.

 
First coordination meeting for the “I want to know” project

 

 

 

Sofia, November 8-9, 2019

On November 8 in Sofia coordinators and service providers  from  BFPA branches in the country  gathered for an initial training about the activities of the two-year “I want to Know” project, financed by Viiv Heakthcare. The discussions included the project activities, the time schedule, target groups and access to them, specificities of working with marginalized groups, identifying the locations for each voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) action. Each coordinator made a prediction of the project activities they could do until the end of 2019 and all received the necessary informational printed materials. Individual risk assessment of the vulnerable communities and optimizing the work of BFPA  in-country were the main discussion topic during the second day of the meeting.

 
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.

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Ongoing projects :: The Storytellers