In the suburban quarters of Chirpan and two small surrounding villages, live ethnic Turks and Bulgarian Gypsies. The social conditions of these places are extremely poor and run down. 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 too.
A wonderful Bulgarian couple called Michael and Boyana Kirov have given their lives to serve their large village and the marginalised people who live there. From the proceeds that Door of Hope supports them with, we are able to feed not only the young but also distribute food parcels to the elderly and vulnerable in Chirpan. Many of the elderly are left on their own, this is due to their partners dying and their children growing up, leaving the family home. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see the grandmother surrounded by her grandchildren not being able to cope because the mother or father has left the family home. This can also have a reverse effect. On one occasion Door of Hope witnessed a granddaughter throwing her grandmother out of the ‘home’ because she had become too much of a burden. Interestingly though, rarely have we found these ladies complaining.