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Trip Start Jul 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 03, 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2013

This is a new venture for The Trussell Trust and our sister organisation, the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI), in Bulgaria. The youth prison at Boychinovtsi is up in the NW of Bulgaria and we first visited it back in 2010 when we were asked by the equivalent of a prison chaplain if we might consider giving Christmas boxes to the lads there. To his delight we said yes and we have been every year since.

The young men in the prison are mainly from Roma communities and the prospects for them upon release are simply this: they will go home to the ghetto's, commit more crime and end up in adult jail. In line with our projects that help other vulnerable young people groups, this project aims to bring hope to those at the margins of society and who are at high risk of going on to become criminals and exploiters of their own peer group. If, even in a small way, we show these young men that there is an alternative to the future seemingly set out before them, perhaps we prevent some of them becoming drug dealers, pimps and traffickers. It maybe be a big ask but we have been given an opportunity to come along side these young guys so through a combination of sport, friendship and teaching we hope to make a start and then see where it leads.

During this time we will also have the young people from our House of Opportunity Programme with us. We have three houses for state care leavers in Bulgaria plus a protected home for 15-18 year olds and this is the first time that we have been able to get them together to work with them and encourage them as a group.

We'll use this blog to share a few thought at the end of each day, showing pics and video (where allowed- prison regs!) of our activities, so check with us on July 29th for our first post.

In football you should not jump in two footed, but I think we are about to do just that...
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