The first thing you notice when you meet Alex is his infectious smile, his active and mischivievous personality and his beautiful laughter. It didn't take long for the specialists to see his many challenges when it came to mental health and developement due to the fact that his parents hadn't taken care of his primary needs. Children are often left home alone without food og clean clothes leaving them at a high risk for potential dangers.
Alex uses non-verbal communication through play, body language and facial expression. He has difficulty communicating verbally. Because he is so active and lively (and with his brother at his side) he has still been able to create good relationships to those who work at Acasa and with the other children.
Due to the help Alex has received at Acasa, he has had very positive developement the last 2 years. He goes to pre-school and is treated by our own psychologist. Their mother visits often and that helps his emotional and psychological balance. Despite all the misery they have been through, he is a boy that quickly claims a place in your heart with his loving and happy disposition.
Gradistea og House of Joy
In a little district on the outskirts of Bulgaria's capitol, Sofia, there is a slum area called Fakulteta. There are close to 60 000 Gypsies living here that are severly segregated and discriminated against by their fellow countryman. In many ways, these people are left to fend for themselves and try to build a sustainable and healthy life without much needed financial help from the government. In...