ON COMING ACTIVITIES
AND CAMPAIGNS 2001
Financing the publishing of a brochure, called “To the children with
love”, after the idea of the Municipal Social Support Service, explaining
to the parents of children with disabilities their rights and obligations
and how to react in particular situations;
• Financing of the play “This is me, this is you” by Orlin Dyakov with
his engagement to put out a children’s play, at the performance of which
the children from Home “R. Gateva”, Home “Nadejda”, Home “D. Basarbovski”
will be invited;
• The foundation is engaged to support the organization of the International
festival “March Music Days” 2001 in Rousse.
international chess championship “Pristis”
The organized chess movement in Rousse started in 1931, and the chess
clubs “Dunav” and “Pristis” are now the heirs of this 70-years’ tradition.
During that time many famous people have worked in the clubs of Rousse.
Their names have become legendary. Among them are: Andrey Malchev- an
outstanding competitor, international category referee, head referee
for the match for the world chess crown between Gari Kasparov and Anatoly
Karpov (Moscow, 1985); Zdravko Milev – the first Bulgarian to have won
an international championship (Bucharest, 1952). However, one thing
is for sure – Rousse and the school of Rousse created the greatest Bulgarian
chess-player ever - Vesselin Topalov.
For the last few years chess club “Pristis” has started intensive activity
among the students of Rousse. As a result of the good cooperation among
the managing body of the club, the trainers, parents and children, a
number of championship titles and medals from national and regional
tournaments were won. Some players take part in world and European championships
too. Among the best are Tatyana Plachkinova, Nevena Nikolova, Dimitar
Roev, Vladimir Tedeski, etc.
For the last year a new generation has sprung up, shaping the international
profile and the image of the Rousse chess-player. Out of the awarded
grants by the foundation chess-players, Rostislav Raev rates 7th in
the world with 7.5 points (ELO 2071), Elitsa Raeva is 16th in the world
with 6.5 points (ELO 2158) in the respective age groups.
The organizing of the First international chess championship “Pristis”
with a total award fund of 10 000 DM was the logical continuation of
the up-going sports traditions of Rousse’s Chess Movement at an international
level. The tournament will be organized by the Bulgarian Chess Federation
under the aegis of the governor of Rousse region and with a main host
– “Bistra and Galina” Foundation, who will provide most of the award
fund. One of its objectives is to celebrate the 70th anniversary of
the organized chess society in Rousse. The tournament will most probably
be held from 1st to 15th June 2001 on the Swiss system of 9 rounds with
a fast finish – 2 hours’ personal time per a competitor.
ARE EXPECTING DONORS READY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID FOR ENLARGING THE
AWARD FUND FOR THE TOURNAMENT
Day center for integrated education
Filling up a niche in the social regional policy, by providing an alternative
to the isolation of children with mental problems from 16 to 35 years
old in the Rousse region. The Secondary Professional Technical School
for Machine-building (SPTSM) “Atanas Burov” – Rousse is partner of the
“Bistra and Galina” Foundation and basic establishment unit, where the
present project is being accomplished. Other organizations and institutions
related to the initiative are Municipality – Rousse – Department “International
Collaboration and Education”; the Inspectorate of Education at the Ministry
of Science and Education – Rousse; Special Kindegarten “Zora”, experts-
psychiatrists from the Hospital for Mental Diseases – Rousse, “RALIZ”
The idea for the introduction of integrated education in the school
comes from a broadcast of the TV center – Rousse, in which parents of
children, who have finished 8th class of the helping schools in Rousse
put forward the problem, in connection with the lack of opportunities
for the children with mental defects to acquire a profession, to be
among people of their age and leave the isolation of their homes. The
inactivity and the lack of contacts additionally burden the children
emotionally and retard their mental development. The establishment of
a Center for Labor Therapy and Rehabilitation of Children and Youth
with Oligophrenia I and II Degree is intended to be a part of the school,
because after the family it is the most powerful socializing institution.
The integration of the students and the young people with oligophrenia
(in the afternoon activities) is an attempt for their further integration
in wider social groups and communities.
The mainstream school is the place where the children with mental disabilities
are placed in different surroundings and meet many children of their
age. The young people quickly find a way to live and study in one school.
They treat each other as friends and coevals.
girls and boys with disabilities aged 16 to 28 are currently studying
at the seven classes of SPTSM. Most of them come from poor families.
Their motivation to acquire professional skills and be among their peers
preliminary research made with the parents and the children shows their
will to have also other salient occupations in the afternoon, when the
school lessons have finished. Currently there are only sports games
in the schoolyard, football competitions with their younger schoolmates
from the helping schools (“Dr. P. Beron” and “St. St. Kiril and Metodii”).
There is no equipment that can provide a complex of rehabilitation activities
useful for their health and development. Although it is set up in the
school, which the children with oligophrenia love and visit willingly,
that base of new premises must be of different standard from the one
of a regular classroom. The Center for Therapy and Rehabilitation for
Children and Adolescents with I and II Degree of Oligophrenia from16
to 35 years old will be a magnet unit. There the children from the school
and many other young people with similar problems from Rousse, who do
not visit school, but have will and ambition for integration, will be
able to spend their free time and socialize.
Now there isn’t an orderly system to encompass the children with oligophrenia
from Rousse and the region. At the Special kindergarten “Zora” there
are activities organized for the children with special needs aged 3-8.
At the moment a project is being developed for the encompassing of children
with oligophrenia aged 8 to 16 in a boarding house for temporary staying
for the holidays. The young people aged 16 to 35 with mental disabilities
are still isolated from normal human relationships.
30-35 children aged 16-17 graduate from the two helping schools. The
number of patients of the Hospital for Mental Diseases includes also
20-25 people up to the age of 35. Thus the youth not included in the
program turn into a social problem and need care according to theirs
and their parents’ wish.
a more distant perspective, labor therapy, combined with acquiring professional
and lifestyle skills could be promoted in other regions of the country
so that the resistance of society against integrating the disabled and
their social realization can be overcome.
the past year 2000, the foundation financed independently the architectural
project for the above mentioned Center. Part of the funds for its realization
- 15 000 levs were raised as a result of the successful charity campaigns.
ARE EXPECTING DONORS READY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID FOR THE BUILDING
OF THE CENTRE FOR INTEGRATED EDUCATION
“Peace alternatives to conflicts through education” Project.
work goes on the long-term UNESCO financed project of the School Association
for Global Education. In 2001 international summer camps will be organized
for the participant-countries from southeastern Europe. Together with
the National UNESCO Committee for Bulgaria and MES, “Open Society” Club,
the “Bistra and Galina” Foundation is an equal partner for the oncoming
initiatives of the “Classrooms across borders” project.
across borders” Project.
by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, under the Stability
Pact of the EC, with head coordinator – Mrs. Yordanka Nenova – president
of SAGE. After the launching meeting, held in Rousse in December 2000
hosted by the “Bistra and Galina” Hotel and Foundation, in March 2001
the project is entering its crucial stage. In March 2001, in Sofia,
the next meeting of the coordinators from the 12 participating countries
will be held – Albania, Rumania, Ukraine, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia,
Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo District,
and Bulgaria. The main topic for discussion will be next-year’s plan
for distant language learning and adjusting to foreign cultures. Partner
of SAGE is the team of experts of the Foundation.