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The successful practice of Habitat Bulgaria presented at a Peer Review seminar in Belfast

A Peer Review Seminar, organized by the European Network Eurochild, took place from 30 May to 1 June 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Successful practices for early intervention and parenting support were presented from Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Wales and Poland. The Bulgarian project “Affordable housing improvements for low-income families and families at risk”, implemented by Habitat Bulgaria and local partner organizations, was reviewed as a successful practice for social inclusion and reduction of poverty. A summary of the program will be also included in a Compendium for Inspiring Practice, which will be published in 2012.

Further to the mutual learning, one of the goals of the event was to prepare a common framework for evaluation and assessment of family support practices. The forum was attended by representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, The University of Dortmund and Eurochild.

The event was organizied in the frame of Eurochild’s

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Habitat Bulgaria presented the AGORA award for "Most Productive Partnership" to the initiative "Multifunctional Hall" of Karlovo Community Centre "Vasil Levski – 1861"

In Sofia was held the official Award Ceremony for announcing the winner in AGORA Platform's Contest. The winner is Chitalishte "Svetlina – Tcarevec – 1927", Svishtov Municipality. Three additional awards were presented to Chitalishtes in the fields "Solidarity and Humanity", "Most Productive Partnership" and "Art and Culture for Development".

Nominated for the Chitalishte "Oscars" were Chitalishtes that implemented their initiatives related with new cultural spaces; festivals for songs, dances, food and crafts; social and information services selected by a Contest Jury, involving professionals in the fields of civil society, media and culture.

The Contest winner of AGORA 2011 was decided on the spot by the audience members during the official ceremony. Each of the Contest participants presented their initiatives live in front of the audience.

Chitalishte "Svetlina – Tcarevec – 1927" was the definite winner of

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48 Good Community Stories

Stories about 48 "good deeds" arrived at AGORA's address till February 20th when the deadline for submission of entries for the Contest AGORA 2011 expired. The contest is organized in partnership with Habitat Bulgaria.

The successful initiatives that are going to compete for the awards in the third Contest issue are quite diverse and related with: children's festival events, new spaces for culture, information and social services, festivals for dance, songs and food, traditional celebrations and recreation of rituals, ecological and tourist initiatives and last but not least initiatives related with children and elderly people with disabilities.

That confirmed the fact that there are active civic communities all over the country from Svilengrad to Vulchedrum.

In the next days, the Contest Jury, consisting of 10 members will go through the submitted entries in order to nominate the ten most original and touching initiatives. They will go to the final round where during the

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Contest "AGORA 2011" in partnership with Habitat Bulgaria

AGORA Platform announces for a third consecutive year Contest "AGORA" for the Most Successful Civic Initiative implemented by a Chitalishte.

The Contest will award practices, projects and initiatives implemented by Chitalishtes in 2011 that have stimulated civic participation in community problem solving, responded to real community needs, mobilized support for various causes, enhanced the solidarity and trust, and supported building active communities for local development. We expect the submitted entries to focus on the role of Chitalishte as a civic organization and community development center.

The Contest is organized by AGORA Platform in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Bulgaria, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, VIVACOM, Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria, University Press "St. Kliment Ohridski" and United Bulgarian Bank with the media support of dir.bg, dnes.bg and ngobg.info (Information Portal of Bulgarian NGOs).

For the first time

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Give Roma Hope This Christmas

This holiday season we are asking you to support our Give Roma Hope campaign and offer Roma families in Bulgaria the gift of a secure home.

The Roma population of Bulgaria, according to some estimates, is between 500,000 and 800,000 people. Almost half of them are currently living in poverty housing. This usually means no heating, running water, or bathroom. Very often homes are overcrowded or simply falling down. Many of the houses are in segregated neighborhoods on the outskirts of major cities.

As a result, Roma are caught in the vicious cycle of poverty, where lack of proper housing limits their educational opportunities, ability to learn skills and to earn a decent wage.

Habitat has developed programs in Bulgaria to meet the needs of Roma families. You can also help these families break the cycle of poverty and make the first step towards a brighter future.

Watch Give Roma Hope Video: http://youtu.be/85LMYUduzCM

 

Read more about the challenges Roma people face:

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