although this is a follow up from the Mogilino discussion I thought I would post this here as somebody in this area may wish to help.
This is an attachment I received from the Lora Foundation
LORA FOUNDATION www.lorafoundation.co.za
During our first 6 years in Bulgaria we were involved in big humanitarian projects in many orphanages. We got to know quite a few children.
One day we were looking for a Baby Orphanage in a certain town. Ended up at another orphanage where we made some enquiries. An eleven year old boy came to us. “Why are you looking for the baby orphanage, do you want to adopt a child? You can have me. I can speak English and German” We looked into his eyes and saw desperation and hope. On our question where he learned to speak German and English his answer was by watching TV. He thought it might give him a better chance to be adopted.
Once we asked an 18 year old boy about his dreams for the future. He just left the orphanage when he turned 18. His answer “To be adopted”. This was the only dream he had since he was small.
Sometimes we think the emotional needs of the abandoned children are more than their physical needs. Since then we work with fewer instituitions, but on a more personal basis with the children.
For 7 years we worked with the orphanage where our daughter Lora came from. Rented a house in this small village, near to the orphanage. Spent as much time as possible there. We played with the children, got therapists to work with them. Started a special feeding program for bedridden kids. Sadly, 26 children died during this period. Mostly of mall nourishment and neglect. At the end of 2005 one of our beloved orphans, a 5 year old blind girl died of 90% scalds. A hot tap was mysteriously opened on her while she was in the bathroom. After much agony and prayer we decided to report this orphanage. It is not so easy in the country. Directors have friends. An investigating journalist got involved and attention was drawn to the conditions in orphanages for children with disabilities. This home was closed and children were sent to other instituitions. We realized that we need to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Projects we are involved in at the moment:
Razdawitza Orphanage: About 100 kids live in this orphanage. They are homeless kids; half orphans and children from a very poor social background. Most of them are Roma kids (Gypsies). They have no chance in life, no voice, nobody to love them.
-: We buy monthly food supplies- lentils, rice, beans, sugar, flour, eggs, oil, pasta,, milk powder, cheese, minced meat and chicken.
-: Shoes and jackets for winter: We give the sizes to a local dealer and he brings it to the orphanage where we make sure each child receives what fits him/her
-: Wood and coal for the winter:
-: School books.
School project for homeless kids:
Due to high expenses and insufficient funds the Government reduced the age level of the kids going to the Razdawitza orphanage from 8th grade to 4th grade.
Some of the kids who were forced to leave the orphanage and are really intelligent are part of this project.
They go to a school in another village. We provide books, shoes, jackets, monthly bus ticket and one meal per day.
Evening school project:
For children who want to finish Higher Education
Annual Summer Camps
During July/August: Here kids can just be kids. A wonderful time of fun, workshops, sport and games and three meals a day. We make use of volunteers from abroad.
Instituitions for children with disabilities
We try to raise awareness of the circumstances. We visit them, play with them and just show love to them. If there are urgent physical needs, we will provide in them.
Most of the children in instituitions are Roma (Gypsies). As soon as the girls reach puberty (from 12 years) they get married. These are arranged marriages (cultural) and the parents of the bride usualy receive some money.
These girls become mothers at the age of 13, 14 and many times these babies are also send to instituitions. We started a small project to follow up these teenage mothers, assist and encourage them to keep their babies.
Family Project: We make contact with the parents or extended families of the children in the instituition. Just to get to know them, their circumstances. For the 2nd time we will now present seminars on marriage and family life
Jack and Elsabé Louw
Lora Foundation. Bulgaria
As they do not have anything on their website about fundraising, etc., I asked how people could help
Thank you so much for your care. We usually get funds from friends and people who visited. There is a bank account for the Foundation. Take care
Details for the Foundation Bank Account:
Raiffeisen Bank Bulgaria, Sofia
Account Holder: Lora Foundation
Branch nr. 100
Bank Code 15591550
EURO Account Nr. BG52RZBB 915514 60403006
Street address of Bank: Street Gogol 18/20, 1504 Sofia, Bulgaria