CHILDREN OF BULGARIA ARE OFTEN VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Headlines of Various News Reports:
- Human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar per year industry.
- Bulgarian children are most often victims of trafficking and Bulgaria ranks as one of the most active human trafficking places in the Balkans.
- Women and children are taken out of the country and most often forced to work or are used as organ donors, research of Animus association said as quoted by Novinar newspaper
- Easy gain is one of the factors that facilitates human trafficking.
- According to the research, girls living in orphanages most often become the victims of sexual exploitation as they grow up to believe that sex can guarantee them prosperity.
- Children often run away from orphanages due to the terrible conditions and lack of love, making them vulnerable, potential victims of human trafficking.
- The annual profit from human trafficking and prostitution for the Bulgarian mafia is over one billion euros, a RiskMonitor report revealed on Tuesday.
- Every year the victims of human trafficking in Bulgaria are around 10,000.
- Bulgaria is at the epicenter of this problem in Europe. 70% of the prostitutes in the capital of the European Union are from Bulgaria.dxcfse
Rainbow Orphanage – Dobrich, Bulgaria
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Jam 1:27
Rainbow orphanage, Dobrich, Bulgaria is one of the many in the country. When the team of Bridge of Intersection visited the place in 2008 for the first time, we were fascinated by the living conditions and lack of care.
The orphanage has been run by the government for many years. Due to limited finances, lack of adequate personnel, and no understanding of the value of every human soul, the orphaned children do not receive loving care, proper education, or even the basic necessities of food, clothing, and toiletries.
In fact, the children struggle with their mental, emotional, and physical development as a result of the lack of attention and interaction.
Inadequate living conditions included run down bathrooms, insufficient sleeping conditions, and a terribly old facility.
Broken tiles covered the floors and walls of the bathrooms.
Sinks, showers and toilets were broken. Sleeping mattresses were old, worn, and stained.
Bridge of Intersection, in partnership with a local organization, Helping Hand, was able to acquire the orphanage and began improvements immediately.
New kitchens were installed.
The building was reorganized into condos. Each condo now accommodates 12 children in six bedrooms, complete with a bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen.
The children were also separated by age groups. Previously, the children did not have any privacy, or any possessions of their own. The new layout of the condos provides a much more personal space.
An extra care giver is also present during each shift. The children spend a lot more time with the staff now that there are less children in the care of each staff member.
The bathrooms in the condos were remodeled, and windows and doors were replaced with new ones.
The kids are thrilled to live in a nice, clean environment where they are surrounded by love and sincere care. The process was not easy for the local team, but the effort was well worth the result –the kids received a new beginning they had never dreamed of!
The kids are thrilled to receive new beddings sets and clothing provided by the generous donations made through Bridge of Intersection.
Packets of bedding comfortors.
Three day seminar with the staff on recognizing the emotional needs of the children.
Party with the staff and the children after the seminar.
As a result of the joined effort with Helping Hand foundation, the lives of 57 children were transformed through care, love, and support and the building was completely renewed! Thank you for all generous donations!
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