These Gypsy children come from much poorer homes than we, that live so safely, comfortably and yet so near, can ever imagine exists. Children are found lying close to pigs to keep warm during the winter. Children just 4 years of age have to take care of their grandparents who are in their 90's. 12 year olds have to work in the fields while their mothers prostitute themselves and their fathers are getting drunk at the local pub. These children are vulnerable for human trafficking and all too often it is the mother that takes her daughters to the streets to sell them for sexual favors. There are no words to describe the situation out in the countrysides of Chiselet.
Thankfully, we can see that by helping the children, we can also have a positive effect on the parents. When they see that their children's needs are being met, receiving food, warmth and care, makes the parents curious about who is helping them. Soon they also come to the center and we can thereby help the entire family. They get help to find a job and we are then invited to their homes and can help them there also.
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...