In the suburban quarters of Chirpan and two small surrounding villages, live ethnic Turks and Gypsies. The social conditions of these places are extremely poor. There is an absence of local medical and dental assistance, no professional social care or compulsory education, minuscule pensions for the elderly and soaring unemployment figures. Inside these minority communities there are many street children and others from dysfunctional homes to whom Door of Hope gives free meals and drinks.
Our wonderful Bulgarian couple Oggy and Bobby Todorov have given their lives to serve the poor. From the proceeds that Door of Hope can forward onto them on a regular basis, we are able to feed not only the young but also the elderly in Chirpan. Many of the elderly are left on their own, this is due to their partners dying and their children growing up and leaving home. Sadly it is not uncommon for their grandchildren to be totally dismissive of their grandmothers. On one occasion we have witnessed a granddaughter throwing her grandmother out of the ‘home’ because she had become too much of a burden. Interestingly however, rarely have we found these ladies complaining.