Shelter for Homeless Woman

Shelter for Homeless Woman

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The township of Stara Zagora is described as a region of many contrasts in the socio-economic development matters according to investor.bg. Trends are quite negative in regards to both the environmental development and the social environment of the region. The infrastructure development is also in a very negative direction. Unfortunately, the poverty level rises on annual basis, whereas for the country it stays almost on the same level.

The village of Bozduganovo is situated on 20 km away from Stara Zagora. The population of the village accounts for 513 people, one of which is this elderly woman from Roma origin, who has lived up to this moment in a semi-destroyed very small house of one room on the outskirts of the village. The Roma minority is the largest minority group in Europe. This elderly lady, although, only a bit over 60 years of age, look much older, because of the living conditions and living standards she has lived under. She has become practically homeless after her hut/house was gradually destroyed and had no place to live.

This is a small-scale domestic project of ADRA Bulgaria aiming to support a homeless elderly lady by providing her with a caravan in replacement of her destroyed old home. A group of ADRA volunteers from the local SDA church pointed to us the tragedy of the life of this lady and we took the initiative to find ways to support her and thus contribute to the improvement of her condition at that time. It was understood that in the same region a second-hand wagon/caravan was for sale. This seemed as an excellent opportunity to ADRA Bulgaria to solve the housing problem of this goodhearted lady. After communicating with the seller, ADRA Bulgaria organized for the caravan to be purchased and transported to the former dwelling place of the lady. A contract agreement for purchase was signed between ADRA Bulgaria and the seller. All necessary paper documentations were kept in order and reported to ADRA Bulgaria head office, where included in our bookkeeping system. The financing of this project was through the financial contribution of ADRA Bulgaria’s long-time private donors – Mr. Helmut Krause and Andreas Foerschke, matched by ADRA Bulgaria’s own contribution. Additionally, the local SDA church members collected a small sum with which to contribute to the refurbishment of the second hand caravan by purchasing paint and voluntary painting and repairing the caravan.