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Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects

Running projectsOngoing projects of BFPA  

The programme portfolio of BFPA for 2019 includes various and interesting projects mainly targeting the strategic drivers that are a priority both for BFPA and IPPF:
- advocacy for the rights of vulnerable groups, international development (ODA) and social campaigns
- improving the access to quality health care services in the field of SRHR and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STI
- work with adolescents, health and sexuality education
-  resources mobilization and sustainability
BFPA in its role of expert and innovator is enlarging its target groups and is a role model and expert for many national and international institutions. Here are enumerated the most relevant projects of the association, in process of implementation at the beginning of 2019. We are certain that there will be more added within this year. We are presenting the projects with the funding institutions and their duration:

 

 DonorProject name and duration
ViiV Healthcare  I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities, 2019 - 2021
OAK foundation„The ability to change” – Learning Action Partnership for prevention of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children and adolescents, 2019-2021
 OSI, Regional office for Europe„The story tellers” – trainings, play and satellite cultural events on changing the narrative on Roma, PLHIV, women, youth at risk and people in need of support, 2018 - 2020
MERCK for Mothers "My body, my rights" – local resources mobilization, sustainable partnerships and family planning for young women from marginalized communities in Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania 2018 – 2021
 IPPF, self-fundingImproving the access to quality health care services in the field of SRHR,  prevention of HIV/AIDS and STI. Centers offering high quality health and info services in Sofia, Stara Zagora, Varna, Ruse, Pleven 2017 - ongoing
 IPPF, municipalitiesWork with adolescents, health and sexuality education with focus on young people in institutions and from vulnerable groups  2017-ongoing
 IPPF, self-fundingAdvocacy for the rights of vulnerable groups, international development (ODA) and social campaigns  2017 - ongoing
 IPPF, membership feesResMob – resource mobilization and sustainability of BFPA 2017- ongoing
 BCNL, SexwellCondom with a cause, marketing fundraising campaign, 2016 - ongoing
Pleven and Dolna Mitropolya municipalityTrafficking prevention and SRH mobile services provision in Pleven and Dolna Mitropolya district 2013- ongoing 

 

 

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Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

 
Social and health messages in Roma neighbourhoods through theatre

Sofia, July 31, 2019

On the last day of July the Roma neighbourhood Fakulteta in Sofia was visited by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Servantes. We started with the best – Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote. The Roma actress Natalia Tzekova staged a funny and educational performance with the participation of talented children and youth from the neighborhood in which the art was intertwined with social and health related messages. Romeo and Juliet demonstrated the benefits of family planning, contraception and health education and spoke in verse about the harm of school dropout, early marriages and children having children. The participants performed short sketches which contained the same messages, debunked myths and demonstrated how powerful personal example is. Don Quixote explained some of the community specificities which started a short discussion on stage who should take example from whom about health and health prevention. In between sketches and play scenes the participants shared their own personal stories about health and family planning. At the end of the play as a recap of what was presented they raised a few banners with messages on the same topic”: “I have dreams and goals”, “I am not an incubator for babies”, “Ask – someone will tell you”. The audience appreciated the messages and the element of humor in the sketches and play scenes.

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