Sophia Children's Charity Bulgaria

Who we are: 
We are a non-profit organisation working to offer a better quality of life to the disabled orphan children growing up in Bulgaria's social care system. Our goal is to improve the lives of all disabled children and their families by providing physical and mental rehabilitation services which are openly accessible to everyone. We are raising money to build a children’s rehabilitation village which will make a positive change to the lives of over one thousand disabled children every year.
Type of knowledge or skills needed: 
Do you have some time to spare? Can you help us to organise events? Would you like to help us build the project? We currently need volunteers to work with us on event and venue research in either England of Bulgaria. Or, you can work with fundraiser's in your own country and help them to organise events. To volunteer you simply need to have an up to date CV and a recent police check.
Non-cash donations: 
Sponsor an event - Each year we will hold two or three high profile fundraising events. These will range from dinner evenings to music concerts to charity fun runs. Every event will include members of the press, celebrities, government representatives, corporate sponsors, charities and members of the public. Sponsoring an event is a fantastic way to support our association whilst also providing a good tax deductible marketing opportunity. Sponsor the salary of a Sophia Association employee - Sponsoring a Sophia Association employee is again a very nice way to support the association. This directly enables us to employ more people within the organisation. Your sponsored member of staff will provide you with a monthly breakdown of their time and they will also work to promote your organisation through advertising that they are sponsored by you.
Languages spoken at charity: 
English, Bulgarian
Contact name: 
Ivor Bates / Petya Petkova-Bates
Telephone number: 
+359 882 298 114 (Bulgaria), +44 7960 544949 (UK)
1 Burdo, Breznik, Bulgaria, 2360
Any further information the volunteer should know?: 
With 154 institutions and 8000 children of which 1800 are disabled, Bulgaria has the highest number of physically and mentally disabled children growing up in institutions in Europe today. The institutions are widely reported to have a severe lack of standards in relation to living conditions, medical diagnosis, interim and long term treatment and general day-to-day care of the children. Many children are classed as bed ridden without any kind of specialist medical assessment.