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On 23 June 2015 from 09:30 h at the South Park a plein air entitled LET US PAINT A DREAM, attended by Mrs Yordanka Fandakova as a guest of honour, along with people with intellectual difficulties from the Worlds Day Care Centre of Maria's World Foundation, the Annunciation Day Care Centre of the Caritas Foundation, painters, artists and prominent public figures.
We, the clients of the Worlds Day Care Centre, have the pleasure to invite you to take glimpse into the world of individuals with intellectual difficulties by joining the open-air creative activities, which will take place on 23 June 2015, from 09:30 unto 11:30 h, in the South Park, next to the entrance in Petko Todorov Boulevard and Nishava Street, on the left-hand side of the lake.
Guest of honour—Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia
Maria's World Foundation is implementing the 'We are part of the community' project with financial assistance from the Metropolitan Municipality under the Europe 2015 Programme.
The project includes a number of activities intended to raise the visibility of people with intellectual difficulties in the community and improve their overall integration in society.
The event organised by the Ministry of Justice and the Bulgarian Non-Business Law Centre in partnership with Maria's World Foundation, the Bulgarian Association of Persons with Intellectual Difficulties and the Global Initiative in Psychiatry, was attended by Michael Bach from the Canadian Institute for Research and Development of Inclusion in Society, Hussein Ismail, Deputy Ombudsman of Bulgaria, Verginia Micheva-Ruseva, Deputy Minister of Justice, MPs, legal professionals and lawyers.
The Natural Persons and Assistance Measures Bill and the justification thereto is available on the website of the Ministry of Justice, Bills Section.
On 27 January 2015, at 17:30, at the French Cultural Institute in Sofia in 3 Slaveykov Boulevard the Worlds documentary will be shown before an audience for the first time by Maria's World Foundation.
The documentary of the Director Stoyan Radev was filmed in Geneva, Swiss Confederation, and Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2014.
It is dedicated to the life, support available for and integration of people with intellectual difficulties at the Public Integration Establishments in Geneva, Switzerland, building parallels to the practices at Maria's World Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Today, 13 November 2014 a discussion dedicated to 'The Possibilities for Employment and Education of People with Intellectual Difficulties' took place at our Day Care Centre. The most valuable aspect of the discussion was the opportunity the event presented for our clients to voice their opinion on the topic. They shared some of the professions they found most appealing (i.e. cleaning professionals, assistant retail consultants, assistant chefs, etc.) and defined the skills set required in order to be able to practise them in a real-life working environment. They also had an opportunity to share their knowledge and skills aspirations with the audience. One of the shared dreams of our clients and their parents is that a small store was available in Sofia where hand-crafted pieces from our and other day care centres can be sold.
The second annual Charity Ball organised by Maria's World Foundation, which took place on 30 October 2014 at the Auto Bavaria exhibition centre, raised more than BGN 35 000. This year, the clients of the WORLDS Day Care Centre for people with intellectual difficulties participated in the preparation and running of the event by meeting guests, helping with seating arrangements and the sale of raffle tickets.
They thus demonstrated the skills acquired at the Day Care Centre and had an opportunity to invite guests to visit the recently opened sheltered café at the centre — the fund raising cause to which the first annual charity ball was dedicated.
On 23 October the second annual Open Doors Day took place at the Worlds Day Care Centre with financial support from the Metropolitan Municipality under the Europe Programme. We dedicated the day to our clients' parents and close relatives and friends. The event was an opportunity for them to get to know each other, talk to their children and have fun in a tranquil and sheltered environment.
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.