‘I don’t want to end up like my sister...’
At just 16 years old, Maria’s sister is a prostitute, so are several of her friends and family. For many of Bulgaria’s Roma women this is not a choice, it is a way to survive. Conditions in Bulgaria’s Roma communities are third world. There is little access to healthcare, education or employment. Every day children like Maria are abandoned to orphanages because their parents cannot afford to keep them.
There is hope
We want to give people like Maria a brighter future. The Trussell Trust is working with our in-country partners FSCI to break the cycle of poverty that sees children abandoned and young people forced into crime, prostitution and human trafficking. We do this by working with Bulgarian people, providing them with the tools they need to bring about lasting change.
- Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU
- Every month 150 children are abandoned
- 10,000 girls and women are trafficked every year
84% of Bulgaria’s 700,000 Roma people live below the poverty line. Roma people are the most marginalised group in Europe and have little opportunity to break out of poverty.
How the Trust’s Bulgaria work began
How do we help?
We work with local communities, churches and NGOs to run practical, sustainable projects. We make sure that people are treated as individuals not numbers and we work to tackle problems at the root. All our Bulgaria work is run in partnership with our in-country foundation ‘The Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion’ (FSCI).
Find out more about The House of Opportunity
Our vision is to work with Bulgarians to build a future where children are not abandoned and where everyone has the opportunity to live a successful life free from poverty, crime and prostitution.