Some things never change.
Trip Start Dec 10, 2012
11Trip End Dec 22, 2012
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There is quite a bit of snow on the ground and the community looks deserted but a couple of the men are just returning and they soon stir up the other familes who all come out and flock around the van. With the crucial help of long-time local translator Valya the team begin to give out shoeboxes
Many of the kids only have one layer on; one has no shoes. It is very cold and we are warm in our hats and coats but every year we see that these people still live in conditions that would be unbearable if you suddenly found yourself having to endure them. Millions of Roma, right throughout Eastern Europe, live like this and know no other way of life. The Trussell Trust works with other organisations in a small but growing way to support projects that will bring an improvement in the qaulity of life for Roma people. Hopefully an increasing number of young Roma people will be able to escape a life of grinding deprivation through these intiatives. Today provides a reminder that there are large numbers of children growing up in communities like this one in Skravena; marginalised, ostracised, vilified even. There is a lot more to do.
This is our last post form the 2012 Christmas box trip
I want to thank the Bulgaria team; Niki, Tedi, Vera, Nick, Valya, Vicki, Toshko and Chris.
The UK contingent: Laura and Rich Haydon (who has shot a lot of film- should be good).
Thanks for reading,
Bulgaria Ops Manager (UK)
The Trussell Trust