Contribution to ARK Bulgaria SGH Project
This post was originally published in Stara Planina Properties newsletter on 14th March 2008.
In our December 2007 newsletter we informed you about ARK’s Small Group Homes project aiming at creating homes for kinds from an institution in the Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora. Following the receipt of the newsletter several of our readers have immediately contacted ARK Bulgaria to offer their help.
Our clients Steve & Tina Barrett have contributed a lot to the cause by purchasing toys worth over 2,000 pounds and driving from the UK to Bulgaria to bring them to the kids in Stara Zagora. Steve & Tina visited one of the homes in February and below are their impressions.
“When we saw the kids we were amazed at how relaxed they were, how friendly and well behaved they were too. Despite the obvious language barrier, they managed to communicate with us and they were so polite. Obviously, we have only a perception of what they have been through in their short lives so far, but the benefits of the comfortable, safe and pleasant environment have clearly made their mark and the work that ARK is doing is incredible. Add to that the life education and guidance that is clearly working so well and it all looks like a great set up.
What was really encouraging was to hear that the issues are being tackled at government level and that once the local support network has been “trained” by example, ARK will be able to hand control back to the locals with such an excellent model to follow.”
Both ARK Bulgaria and Stara Planina Properties are grateful to Mr & Mrs Barrett and all other people who showed interest and helped within their means.