When we left Bulgaria on our first trip, we knew that we would be going back. I don’t mean going back to pick up Nicholas and Olivia. I mean going back for more children. During our second trip, we spent a lot of time with a man who works as an orphanage psychologist. He told us so much more than we ever imagined about orphanage life and what happens to these kids when they are released from care at age 16.
It is shocking.
Sixty percent of girls will be trafficked. Seventy percent of boys will become criminals. Fifteen percent will be dead of suicide by age 18.
There are 25000 kids in the orphanage system in Bulgaria alone. Many of these kids are healthy and have average or better intelligence. They are talented kids, kids who are so full of potential. They cling to the hope that someone somewhere will see them, will want to make them theirs. They hope for Hope.
So we are going back. It is part of our family-life ministry. We need to raise $30000 in order to give a new life and hope to two more girls. Without us, they will likely age out and be alone on the streets rather than writing stories, performing plays, singing, one day teaching. For that is what these two girls dream of.
They need this chance. And we need you to help us offer it to them.
Art museum, Silistra, Bulgaria:
Baba Yaga House, Tutrakan, Bulgaria:
Chess Along the Danube. Silistra, Bulgaria:
Linden Tree. Silistra, Bulgaria:
Alexander Nevski Orthodox Cathedral. Sofia, Bulgaria:
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Sofia, Bulgaria.
Sofia Street. Sofia Bulgaria: