Human Trafficking

 
With Bulgaria’s poor economy contributing as one of the main factors, victims of trafficking play a significant role in this country. This produces a huge source of traffickers. Many of the trafficked girls are trying to escape the poverty in Bulgaria, which often means accepting deceitful work opportunities from strangers and agencies. It is also known that even friends and family members play a part in this role also by selling their children or other family members. The younger the child, the more money a trafficker receives.
A contributing factor of Human Trafficking in Bulgaria is the direct transportation link from Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Europe as well as the Middle East and Asia. Since the fall of communism, many girls from orphanages and villages across Bulgaria have proven to be the most vulnerable and at risk of trafficking because of the lack of education and their desire for quick earnings.
With many Bulgarian people living in poverty and the increase of unemployment, the outlook for young people does not look promising. Many minors and juveniles in Bulgaria fall victims to trafficking, making children extremely vulnerable and many of them dropping out of school by 5th grade.
With Human Trafficking being one of the fastest growing enterprises and expanding to a considerable rate in Bulgaria. Door of Hope feels the importance to support these marginalised people who feel forgotten and confused. Working alongside our friends and partners on the outskirts of Chirpan, we offer a chance for women and children to integrate again with the local community so they may live with dignity and hope, whilst given support when they are at their most vulnerable.
Door of Hope were able to fund the build of this Learning Centre within the grounds of the Safe House. This building offers a great opportunity for women and children who are vulnerable and at risk to facilitate all learning needs in area’s other than specific school education, therefor, giving them the encouragement to eventually attend local schools.
With the goal to facilitate an internship programme within the Learning Centre, this offers the young women to be trained in a number of different skills. For example:
  • Basic Life Skills
  • Basic Financial Skills
  • Understanding responsibility
  • Communication Skills (Verbal & Non Verbal)
  • Team Work
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Writing a C.V and preparing for an interview
  • And much more
Working with schools in the local area, the aim is to implement a curriculum that best suits the needs of vulnerable women and children so that they have the strength and confidence to rebuild their lives for themselves and their children.
For more successful work with children and their education, please visit: ‘Bags of Education’   
Gary Haugen, author and founder of IJM (International Justice Missions)
Quoted: “When our grandchildren ask us where we were when the voiceless and the vulnerable in our era needed leaders of compassion and purpose, I hope we can say that we showed up, and that we showed up on time”