Assenovets Orphanage – “Maria Rosa”
Our interest in this orphanage originates with the 14 children who were transferred here from the closed Sara Filaretov orphanage which we assisted some years ago. Recently (March, 2009), OHB president Deborah Dushku Brailsford visited this orphanage and the children to make assessments. While she found the children to be probably the most pleasant and kind 7-19 year old orphans she had ever met, she also found the facility in which they lived to be one of the most disgusting and very cold. She has taken a personal interest in improving this orphanage and the lives of the children who live there through our programs. Barbara Dunn, one of our assistants, lives very close to this orphanage and has also taken it under her wing as she helps oversee projects and expenditures.