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First field activities under the Project “My Body, My Rights”

Group photoSofia, Montana, Yambol, February 18-28, 2019

 Partners in the project ‘My Body, my Rights’ (2018–2021) gathered in Sofia on February 25 and 26, 2019 to exchange experience and information. The initiative for health care, information and services for vulnerable people from marginalized families is implemented in Sofia, Yambol and Montana. The meeting gathered the team of BFPA, local project coordinators and health mediators form the three locations, as well as municipalities representatives.
So far, the project team conducted 24 focus groups in the three project locations Montana, Sofia and Yambol - 6 in each one. Participants in the focus groups were girls and boys aged 12-15, 16-25 and over 25 years old. The aim is to explore the attitudes of young people in the communities (especially marginalized groups) towards the family planning services offered and whether they can take independent decisions about their reproductive health.

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Coffee and Condom with a Cause

CampaignFebruary 14, 2018

Everyone choses which of the holidays to celebrate on February 14th. Wine complements love perfectly, especially shared with real friends.
We from BFPA and Sexwell Condoms wink at you together with your coffee today: create your  own unforgettable moments, but do not forget our message:
#THINKwithYOURhead
We honor Saint Valentine and Triffon Zarezan so that to mention the day of people in love, wine and vines in a nontraditional way, but still with care for health in the frame of our campaign Condom with a Cause.

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The first module of the Sofia Academy for peer educators was finalized successfully

AttendeesLozen, February 4-6, 2019

3,2,1, GO! The “Health Education” Youth Academy is officially under way. On February 4th at the Bulgarian Red Cross’s training and logistics center in the village of Lozen young people from 5 schools in Sofia (1st Secondary school, 1st ELS, 144th Secondary school, 119th Secondary school and the PSTFD) and their school councils began their education on topics vital for growing up, such as: changes during puberty, menstruation, sexually transmitted and blood-transmitted infections, prevention of HIV, family planning and contraception, sexual and reproductive health, addictions prevention, etc. The initiative relies on the method that has proven itself most successful with time – peer education. The Academy trainees will learn how to create and disseminate specific to the auditorium health messages, how to be most convincing in their communication with their class- and schoolmates and which interactive methods they could use when sharing knowledge – all this in three educational modules after which there will be a public presentation of the acquired knowledge and perceived skills. The team of young people from the 35th secondary school will join them in the second module, having already passed the first one.

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New Year, new training opportunities

Interactive training moduleSofia, January 2019

From the beginning of 2019 BFPA provides new training opportunities: Interactive trainings 1 ½ - 3 hours in the organization premises for groups of 6 to 15 people and for 15 to 30 participants to other working spaces. Details and confirmation at least 5 days before event is needed. Sessions can be conducted on the following languages: Bulgarian, English, French, Russian. Here are some of the proposed modules:

Topic: Delivering health messages

Appropriate for schools students and for young people who are or want to be peer educators in the field of health and sexuality education.
One, two or three from the following can be chosen (by choice):
- Communicative skills. Team building
- Puberty changes
- Hygiene
- Contraception and Family Planning
- Sexually transmitted infections including HIV
- Prevention of trafficking of human beings
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The shared knowledge: Peer-to-peer education

Fire on air showStara Zagora, December 17, 2018

Students, trained by BFPA in peer education, made a memorable presentation for their schoolmates and teachers on the topic of human trafficking. Alex Stefanova, Mitko Draganov, Yulia Sabandjieva and Rumen Balashov from the Romain Rolland Foreign Language High School in Stara Zagora demonstrated their good presentational skills in front of an audience of tenth-graders and impressed with their enthusiasm to share knowledge on socially significant topics, and namely - on topics concerning the health and well-being of young people. The young BFPA volunteers managed to lay out the types of potential threats that may cause involvement in trafficking for sexual exploitation and also to discuss how a person might fall in the trap through emotional attachment, which are the signs that an ad could be fake and may lead to labour exploitation; why people should be alert, and about the attention they should pay when communicating and sharing online.

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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.

 
The alumni of the first Health Education Academy graduated successfully

Sofia, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17th. Our first alumni class of the Sofia Health Education Academy demonstrated their skills and knowledge in front of classmates, teachers, school directors, school psychologists, parents and supporting institutions. The solemn event took place in the Events Hall at 1st High school, Sofia. The young people from 1st, 144th, 119th schools, 1st ELS and the Professional School of Textile and Fashion Design split into three teams after “drawing straws” and presented the topics “Transformations During Puberty”, “Contraception and STIs” and “Prevention of addictions”. We are very glad that our video on puberty was part of the “fun”. Otherwise the presentations pushed the audience to participate actively. The culmination was a surprise for all – we were visited by the TV show “Masters of the air” who enhanced the effect of the challenge.

 
BFPA gathered the teams from Sofia, Yambol and Montana on a work meeting

Varshetz, May 10-12, 2019

From May 10th trough 12th in Varshetz, BFPA held a working meeting under the “My Body, my rights” project, funded as a part of the global “MSD for Mothers” programme. Hosts and speakers at the meeting were Dr. Radosveta Stamenkova, Ventzislav Kirkov and Boyan Mladenov form the BFPA team in Sofia, and the participants were the local project coordinators, health mediators and social workers from the project locations: Yambol – the villages of Kukorevo, Hadjidimitrovo, Veselinovo and Zavoy; Montana – Ogosta and Kosharnik districts; Sofia –Fakulteta and Filipovci districts. During the working meeting were discussed theoretical and real practice cases from field work with representatives of marginalized groups on topics like hygiene, health messages and campaigns, STI prevention, family planning and contraception. The people working in the project locations shared their experience from this and preceding projects about field work with marginalized groups, they discussed what are the challenges and the most successful approaches for achieving the best results. Peter Tzvetanov, coordinator of project activities in Montana, presented a memorable educational session on self-help groups and his colleagues from Montana and Yambol re-enacted some interesting practical cases. Their colleagues from Sofia put up for discussion theoretical situations that may arise during work.

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