Dental care is inadequate for orphans in Bulgaria. Our first dental team was sent to Bulgaria in September 2007. It consisted of 5 dentists, 8 hygienists and assistants. Twenty local volunteers assisted the team who gave dental care to 500 children from 10 orphanages. Each patient received a dental cleaning in addition to dental procedures and instruction on brushing and flossing. Each child was given a hygiene kit that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, pencil, eraser, a small toy and a treat.
Interested individuals can contact our Dental Programs Director, Jan Wray, at email@example.com.
In this program we hire a grandmother to nurture the children by reading to them, by helping with homework, by playing with them and in some situations by helping the very little ones to bathe, brush teeth and prepare for bed or for their day. This is an invaluable program to help the children feel loved and to help them in their social skills and emotional development.
There is wide interest in this program. We are receiving a number of calls with requests from orphanage directors to be included on our list. One Heart Bulgaria has employed 4 babas to give care to children at orphanages. This program has proven to be a great success. The monthly salaries of the babas vary from $60 to $90.
Grandmother Representatives Vanya and Viki are supplied with bags full of educational toys, books, and games for the children.
Vanya is dearly loved by the children at the Sv. Paraskeva orphanage where she is “grandma” to 65 babies and children ages 0-4.
We are very pleased with Lubomir Mladenov, our carpentry teacher at Maria Louisa Orphanage. Lubomir is a talented craftsman who loves to help children learn woodworking skills. Fortunately, this orphanage had an unused room with some equipment, tools and workbenches that was perfect for a OHB woodshop class to train boys and girls in basic skills.
To become involved with these life skills training programs, please contact Deborah Brailsford at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation to keep Lubomir teaching.
Orphanage Caregiver Training
One Heart Bulgaria is excited to develop a training program for workers in Bulgarian orphanages. Workers in the orphanages we visit are often tired and disillusioned after years of physically and emotionally draining labor. Most workers settle for orphanage jobs when they can’t find any other kind of work. They receive little training and are required to care for large groups of children. The result is that the children receive only the most basic care and do not get the positive adult interaction they require to become healthy and successful adults.
The Training Program is designed to develop appropriate skills and attitudes in the workers, while at the same time helping them understand the importance of their work as a role model—someone who is shaping the future of Bulgaria. Training covers such topics as child development, the rights of children, positive behavior management, social skills development, and understanding the needs of children with disabilities.
Orphanages which wish to participate in the training program commit to sending each member of their staff to at least one training session a quarter and orphanage directors are invited to attend all trainings. Participating orphanages will receive a small grant at the end of the training cycle, part of which is earmarked to fund training-related initiatives: the purchase of books, educational supplies for the children, equipment, child development resources for the staff, etc.
The development cost for this program has yet to be secured. One Heart Bulgaria seeks assistance in raising the funds necessary to fully implement the program.
The orphanage workers are often the closest thing to parents that these children have. By contributing to the Training Program, you can help to provide these surrogate parents with the knowledge and skills they need to bring up a large family.
Family Dynamics International Launches Training Program in Bulgarian orphanages.
For more information please contact Roberta Stapely at Family Dynamics International at email@example.com.