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Project title: ‘Social enterprise Bon Appétit at Maria’s World Foundation’

BG05M9OP001-2.010-0560-C01 Procedure BG05M9OP001-2.010 Development of social entrepreneurship
Operational Programme ‘Human Resources Development’

Priority axis 2: Reducing poverty and promoting social inclusion

Total project value: BGN 191, 415.84, of which
EU funding BGN 162,703.46 and national co-financing BGN 28,712.38

Project start date: 10 September 2018
Project end date: 10 December 2019

Beneficiary: Bon Appétit at Maria’s World Foundation EOOD

The project ‘Social enterprise Bon Appétit at Maria’s World Foundation’ is funded by OP Human Resources Development and is co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.

General objective: Establish Social enterprise Bon Appétit at Maria’s World Foundation and thereby facilitate access to employment and support the social inclusion of vulnerable groups by providing appropriate conditions for their social integration in the social economy domain.

Specific objectives:
1. Establish a social enterprise at Maria’s World Foundation;
2. Facilitate access to employment by vulnerable groups;
3. Create appropriate opportunities for the accomplishment of vulnerable groups included in employment;
4. Promote social enterprises.

Key activities:

1. Employ members of selected target groups and provide employment for a term of 12 months;
2. Facilitate the social and professional integration of the vulnerable group members;
3. Ensure that employers assign mentors to the persons employed;
4. Provide equipment and fixtures for the new workplaces and ensure the functioning of the social enterprise;
5. Social marketing and promotion of social economy and social entrepreneurship;
6. Management and functioning of the social enterprise.

Performance indicator: 11 inactive or unemployed participants.
Outcome indicator: 11 inactive or unemployed participants included in employment after the end of the operation.

Target group: Persons disadvantaged in the labour market and other socially excluded persons.


1. Facilitated access to employment and social inclusion for vulnerable groups. 11 members of vulnerable groups selected and included in employment. Appropriate conditions created for the full integration of vulnerable group members in the social economy domain.
2. Support provided for the social and professional integration of vulnerable group members following their inclusion in employment. Two subject-matter experts employed: a Training and Development Expert and a Social Activities Expert.
3. Mentors assigned to the new employees. Seamless employment of the 11 vulnerable group’s members ensured.
4. Catering equipment and fixtures provided. Materials, work clothing and running expenses covered.
5. Two promotional events held. Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship opportunities promoted. At least three promotional videos produced.
6. The social enterprise team recruited. The functioning and sustainability of the social enterprise ensured. A three-member management team appointed to steer the social enterprise.

logo programa 2 cveten bgProject: ‘Cinema is for everyone! Social inclusion of disabled people through the Seventh Art’

Project objective:

The project aims to facilitate the access to cinema for people with intellectual difficulties or mental health problems. Adapted movies will be shown as part of the two leading cinema festivals, ‘Sofia Film Fest’ and ‘Cinemania’. There will also be a target film, part of the thematic cycle ‘Living as if in a movie’, which raises the subject of the different people’s life to the general public.


1. Attending movie screenings included in the “Sofia Film Fest” programme.
People with intellectual difficulties will be able to see two movies shown as part of the Film Fest.
2. ‘Living as if in a movie’ event.
A target film about the different people’s life will be shown in collaboration with the “Cinema House”.
3. Attending movie screenings included in the “Cinemania” programme
People with intellectual difficulties will be able to see two movies shown as part of the “Cinemania” festival.

Financing organisation: Culture Programme of Sofia Municipality

Duration of the project: from 1 February 2019 until 30 November 2019.

20190613 153500Project: ‘Creative Laboratory for People with Intellectual Difficulties’

Objective of the project:

The project will set-up a creative laboratory for people with intellectual difficulties at Worlds Day Care Centre. The aim is to foster the clients’ ability to express themselves and develop their creative potential.
The Lab will offer hands-on work sessions in four creative modules (pottery, painting, drama and music) in line with the clients’ interests and preferences as well as visits to art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. Actors, social workers and volunteers will be involved in these activities.
The created artworks will be presented at an exhibition.

Main outcomes:

1. Six hands-on sessions in each of the four thematic modules.

2. Involvement of volunteers.

The volunteers will take part in the hands-on sessions and help organise the visits at cultural events. They will support the group leader and will document the process including the results achieved.

3. 10 visits at cultural events related with the themes of the modules. The objective of this activity is to provide insights of the various arts and bring the Day Care Centre clients closer to the cultural life of Sofia.

4. An exhibition – special event for presenting the artworks created in the hands-on sessions.

Financing organisation: TELUS International Europe

Duration of the project: May 2019 – April 2020

EU flag Erasmus vect POSProject ‘Innovative approach to training adults with intellectual difficulties’

The project aims to support implementation of new approaches to ‘learning by doing’ concept for adults with intellectual disabilities through improving their competences for labor and social integration in accordance with the principles of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and good European practices.
Three mobilities for participation in three structured trainings will be implemented within project activities. The topics of the trainings include emotional intelligence, innovative methods for education, training and quality management in education.

As a result of the trainings a new approach will be identified and implemented to improve the quality management system of the Foundation.
Project participants are specialists involved in social and educational work with persons with intellectual disabilities.
Project activities will be promoted within the activities of the Foundation.

The project will contribute to improvement of support offered towards persons with intellectual disabilities and implementation of innovative approach to their training as well as personal development of the participants, enhancement of their soft skills and multicultural attitudes.

Financing organisation: Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Duration of the project: from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2018

IMG 3047

Project: 'Catering services provided by people with intellectual difficulties'

The overall objective of the project is to promote the sustainable development of the catering services which Maria's World Foundation provides through its Sheltered Café 'Worlds'. In particular, the project will open additional opportunities for supported employment to young people with intellectual difficulties.

Maria's World Foundation's Business plan for the development of a Sheltered Café and catering services is among the best five business plans approved in the framework of 'Entrepreneurship for non-profit organisations 2017', a programme organised by the Bulgarian Centre for Not-For-Profit Law and supported by America for Bulgaria Foundation and by UniCredit Foundation.

The Sheltered Café is the first of its kind in Sofia. Staffed by appropriately trained and skilled clients of the Day Care Centre, the Café offers a relaxed ambience, house-made food and excellent service. The Café also operates beyond its own ground by providing catering services for various occasions and events.

This project is driven exactly by the immense demand for and the great potential of catering services. The project will make this activity sustainable and will help expand our capacity by covering the wage costs for a second professional chef. The new chef will also function as an occupational therapist and participate in each phase of the process – from preparing the food to the hands-on performance of each catering assignment in the field.

Financing organisation: Programme 'Entrepreneurship for non-profit organisations' organised by the Bulgarian Centre for Not-For-Profit Law with the support of America for Bulgaria Foundation and by UniCredit Foundation.

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Project: 'Societies- Support of CSOs in empowering technical skills, inclusion of people with disabilities and EU standards in South-East Europe'

Partners: Caritas Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albanian Association for Psychotherapy, CoDe Albania COHERENT DEVELOPMENT ALBANIA, Association for mutual assistance in mental distress TK "Fenix", Association supporting persons with developmental disabilities "Our house", Bulgarian Center For Not-For-Profit Law, Caritas Albania, Caritas Bulgaria, Caritas Italiana, Caritas Kosovo, Caritas Montenegro, Caritas Serbia, Handikos, Kosovar Centre for Self-Help (KCSH), Maria's World Foundation, Paraplegic Association Bar, Psicologi per i Popoli nel Mondo.

Project objective: to improve the capacities of CSOs in South East Europe (SEE) in managing social inclusion processes and in promoting social inclusion policies, through an efficient dialogue with Public Authorities during the decision-making processes.

Maria's World Foundation will participate in the project as a partner in trainings, workshops and conferences aimed at achieving the specific objective: Strengthening the CSOs' skills in promoting the social inclusion of people with disabilities and mental disorders: capacity building, exchange of knowledge, regional networking, managing of social inclusion initiatives and services, monitoring and evaluating of the social impact.

Donor: European Union

Project period: January 2016 – December 2019

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