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On 20 September 2014, a workshop dedicated to the exchange of good practices on work with people with intellectual difficulties, including active participation, advocacy and empowerment of people with intellectual difficulties too place at the Worlds Day Care Centre of Maria's World Foundation. One of the highlights of the workshop was assisted employment for people with intellectual difficulties as a key ingredient of the efforts for their integration.
Today, 16 July 2014 we celebrated our first anniversary – a day filled with many expectations, excitement and pleasant surprises! We were pleased to welcome more than 200 guests – our friends, partners, volunteers, the families of our clients and journalists.
We are particularly proud to have seen yet another of our dreams come true today – the opening of the Sheltered Café where we will be offering home-cooked food and drinks to be served to guests by our clients with intellectual difficulties who discovered the joys and pleasures of this novel activity for the first time today, receiving the first visitors with big smiles on their faces, serving coffee and home-made lemonade, and inviting them to join the ateliers where we make paper flowers and scented glycerine soap bars.
Today, 17 April 2014, on a gray and drizzly morning, we received a heartwarming welcome from Coca-Cola staff as soon as we arrived ready for the Easter Charity Bazaar at the company's central office.
With many smiles, music and the whiff of Panettone bread, the room filled with enthusiasts who were impatient to give their support to people with intellectual difficulties by buying our Easter souvenirs.
We received tonnes of friendship, support and heartfelt wishes for good health, much joy and success.
Thank you, friends!
Since the beginning of March our Day Care Centre has been opened to clients on Fridays as well. This is the fourth day during the week on which we visit and develop our skills. And, if on the other four days we focus on work and daily activities, on Friday we pay special attention to entertainment, culture and education. Our day starts with a cup of coffee or tea. We then indulge in laughter yoga under the expert guidance of Gabi, our volunteer. Fun continues with music lessons during which Maya, another volunteer, talks about the different styles in music. Each of us cooks his/her own meal on Fridays. After lunch, we focus on educational programmes with an emphasis on different skills such as oral articulation, handling money, orientation in the community, knowing the clock, understanding our emotions, effective communication with others and a myriad of other practical skills we need for independent daily living.
This is one of the key messages that the participants in the Conference "Is the World Changing for People with Disabilities", which took place on 27 February 2014 in Sofia, agreed on.
The forum was dedicated to the second anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities by Bulgaria. The conference welcomed representatives of non-governmental organisations and people with disabilities or with similar problems and their relatives and friends, politicians, media and donors. The event was organised by Maria's World Foundation in partnership with the Bulgarian Non-Business Law Centre, the Bulgarian Donors Forum, the National Network of Children, the De Pasarel Foundation Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Association of Persons with Intellectual Difficulties and the Global Initiative in Psychiatry – Bulgaria.
More than 40 000 BGN were raised during the first charity ball, which will exclusively support the implementation of the new project of our Foundation – the opening of a sheltered café as a part of the WORLDS Day Care Centre for people with intellectual difficulties.
This was the first ball in the life of our clients – Maria, Boryana, Radi, Violeta, Velislava, Victor, Ivo, Toshko, Ani, Rosen, Gergana and Iliana.
The event was a welcome opportunity to share our sincere gratitude with our donors, friends, volunteers and partners to whom we presented the first annual awards of the Foundation. More information about how your donation will be used to improve the life of people with intellectual difficulties and photographs from the event as well as information about our future projects and forthcoming events is available on www.maraisworld.org and on the Facebook page of the Foundation.
On 26 November 2013 the Worlds Day Care Centre of Maria's World Foundation will welcome the trainers from Cuccio Bulgaria as its guests. They will delight the lady visitors of the Centre with a special manicure on the occasion of their first ball, which will take place on 28 November, Thursday, at the Sofia Novotel Accor Hotel.
The trainers from Cuccio Bulgaria will show the ladies how to look after their nails and hands and will fill their hearts with joy and gladness with the bright colours of a professional manicure.
Our new friends from Scania Bulgaria (http://www.scania.bg ) on October 23rd made the dream of Viktor and Radi to drive a real truck, clients of Day Care Center for people with intellectual disabilities come true! Both of them enjoyed unforgettable day!
We would like to say 'Thank you!' for the sincere support and hospitality to the whole Scania Bulgaria team!
All of us at the WORLDS Day Care Centre are looking forward to 16 October - the day we will spend at bauMax. On this day all stores of the chain will open their doors for the sixth edition of the Open Doors Day for people with disabilities.
We are delighted that the bauMax store in Lyulin has chosen our centre and will give us an opportunity to experience a real working day, communicating with clients and in-house staff.
It is our firm belief that people with intellectual difficulties can be truly accepted and achieve equality only when they are amongst others.
On 15 September from 11:00 until 13:00 hours our clients with intellectual difficulties will be teaching children and their parents how to make beautiful paper flower in front of the Greenwich Book Centre in 37 Vitosha Boulevard. This will mark our participation in the joint initiative Old Paper for New Books of the Metropolitan Municipality and the Greenwich Book Centre. The promise of the organisers is that each child who brings an adult carrying 5 kg of old paper will receive a book of their choice.
You can now listen to our new radio spot featuring Ani, Ivan, Victor and Radi – an idea that we could translate into a reality within the framework of the project 'Living Together – active participation of people with intellectual difficulties in the cultural life of the metropolis' owing to the financial support of the Metropolitan Municipality of Sofia under the Europe 2013 Programme.
On 20 October 2012 MARIA'S WORLD FOUNDATION raised BGN 7,090 at a charitable birthday party at Sofia's Lime Light piano bar. This amount was doubled to BGN 14,181 by one of the founders of the Foundation Mr. Grozdan Karadjov. The generous donation will finance Maria's World Day Care Centre for people with intellectual disabilities.
The fundraising event took place during the celebration dedicated to the birthday of Tsetska Radeva, Executive Director and Founder of MARIA'S WORLD Foundation. The lovely host had earlier invited the guests to show their support for the Foundation by making small donations instead of following the time-honoured tradition of giving presents. Before her close friends Mrs. Radeva spoke about the decision to set up the foundation and shared her deep conviction of the importance of its mission to improve the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities, enable their meaningful integration in society and the expand the possibilities available to them to achieve their full potential.