In three weeks, I will be going back to the land I love. This will be my seventh trip to Bulgaria to work with orphans in that land. Over the past two years, my relationships with orphanage directors have deepened and trust has grown. My ministry partners and I now have access to places we only dreamed of. We have been able to provide food, clothing, training and medical care to hundreds of orphans.
Over the next two days, I want to share with you two very different orphanages. Bulgaria has very strict regulations on orphan privacy, so I can’t give orphanage names or show pictures of any of the children. But, I want you to have a better idea of the needs in this country.
The first orphanage had a horrible past – a bad director, starving children, abuse and neglect. A new director took over the care of this building 7 years ago, and she has been working tirelessly to help the children in her care. She and her staff care for more than 100 children with severe special needs. It took us a while to earn her trust, but we now have a sweet friendship with the director. Our ministry has provided thousands of dollars of formula and supplements, we pay for a doctor and two therapists to visit the children weekly, we provide any needed medical testing, and we were able to buy them a good used car. This orphanage is two hours from the children’s hospital in Sofia, but they didn’t have any reliable transportation to get the children from the orphanage to the hospital. Because of your financial gifts to our ministry, they now have a car. Thank you!
The director called last week with a large, specific need. This orphanage hires older women (babas) who work one on one with the children. These women help dress the children, read to them, take them for walks or stroller rides, and provide the individual attention that children living in orphanages desperately need. These women work for very little money (less than $120 per month), and their love for the children is precious to see. The orphanage lost the funding for the Baba Program, and they have asked our ministry to help. We want to pay the salaries for 10 babas over the next year. The total monthly cost is $1200 for the 10 women. If you would like to help, please use the donate button at the top of the page. Without this program, the children will not get the individual attention that they need.
Please pray for our relationship with this director and orphanage. It is one of my favorite places on earth. Tomorrow, I will share about another orphanage that is NOT my favorite place.
If you love the pictures in this post, visit my ministry partners’ photo store. All of the pictures are taken in Bulgaria, and the money they earn from selling these pictures supports their work with the Roma people.
Much love, Mary