The responses change but the problems remain...
Trip Start Dec 05, 2011
17Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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For Tedi, FSCI director, this was a difficult visit. She has worked with different marginalised groups from all parts of Bulgarian society but confesses that the whole issue of child abandonment is one that she struggles to cope with and the fact that she has a one year son only makes it harder for her to see these problems first hand. FSCI works to give hope to vulnerable groups, in particular state care leavers: for more details see fscibulgaria.com
We'd love to show you some pictures but we agreed with the unit manager that we wouldn't show the childrens faces so you'll have to make do with the video clip here.
Things are changing here in the state care system, which is seeing a shake-up of previous rules and practices- but there is still a long way to go to reduce the number of children being abandoned, which remains at the sobering rate of more than 150 per month.
After our visit it was time to drop Molly off at the airport, say "'bye" and then say "hi" to Mark & Sue who are joining the team until Friday. The afternoon was spent doing a few jobs at the warehouse including sorting some presents for young men at a juvenile prison that we'll be visiting on Wednesday.