In July, a group of 10 volunteers will travel with Humanitarian Travel Abroad, LLC, to Bulgaria and try, with a little elbow grease and paint, to brighten the home of 90 orphans living in Vratza at “Assen Zlatarov.” About 25 of the children face mental and physical challenges. Our trip is in conjunction with Tabitha Foundation, an NGO registered in Bulgaria.
As in much of Bulgaria, this orphanage is an uninteresting cement block building with large rooms and high ceilings – more an ‘institution’ than a ‘home.’ Moreover, while summers are hot, the winter temperatures are below freezing and the heat comes from inefficient old radiators. At “Assen Zlatarov,” the plaster walls are peeling and chipped in many places, their former white color grey, dingy and dirty (see above).
|Young resident of Assen Zlatarov.|
Many people may not realize that children in institutional care seldom leave their residence for recreational outings or receive one-on-one attention. With this in mind, along with painting and fixing up the building, we will take the children on an excursion or two. We are very excited about sharing our ‘hugs.’
In order to make the most of our trip, HTA LLC is funding repairs in advance of our trip. It seems every room needs refurbishment so we could use a little help! We have set up a Fundrazr account and 100% of donated monies will go towards the orphans. Any amount will be greatly appreciated!
Paste this link to make a donation through Fundrazr: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/fXm44