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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:46 pm

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:22 pm

Love these pictures Bernie but I'm sure the first 2 dodgy characters I seen in the police station ? WANTED for being KIND

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:36 pm

For goodness sake man don't tell everyone

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:41 pm

I thought I had seen those mugshots before
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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:50 pm

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:27 pm

Love the pictures Bernie [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] it would be good if you had some more [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] those children seem to look so happy and grateful it must always bring tears to your eye's, I just filled up looking at the one that looks as though they were all receiving gifts ? keep it gal [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:23 pm

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:21 am

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:50 pm

Sorry forgot to post this with the pictures this is the day we delivered the good to the Silistra Orphanage 20th Oct 2008 Get your tissues ready [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Monday 20th Finally Arrived


The Director is Mr Stilian Stoichev, he and Elaina his translator, arrive at our Villa at about 2 45pm Monday 20th Oct. He told us the plan was to take the boxes into the dining room and all the children will be waiting. He told us he did not allow the children to open the boxes that we took on Thursday, as all the children were not there and it would be unfair, so they will be opened today. We can come in and present them to the children. Naturally the children were very excited and are waiting for us. We had prepared all the boxes ready by the gate and then Stilian and his driver loaded them. Elaina came with us in our jeep as there was not enough room in their bus now, with the boxes, the driver and Stilian.


We arrived at the orphanage at about 3.15. The exact name is 'Dimcho Debelianov home for children and teenagers'. The children were already out in the grounds waiting for us and they waved and followed the jeep when we drove in. We were bombarded with children when we opened the jeep door. The ones we met Thursday came up to hug us. The children were just super. They just wanted to be hugged and have a little attention. They are such beautiful friendly children. At present, there are 66 children here, but this changes daily. 3 of them do have parents that they go to some weekends for an hour or so. The children said they love it here in the Orphanage and they are well looked after, everybody is kind to them.


The Director led us to his office where we had coffee and biscuits. He then proceeded to tell us a bit of history. The orphanage was established after the end of World War II for the children who became orphans in Silistra region. The home was located in Sracimir village and in Sept 1998 they all moved to this building in Silistra. This building used to be the residence of the former communist leader - Todor Jivkov. The caretaker and the children all help maintain the grounds. Since he took over the Orphanage, he has made some improvements, like good quality bunk beds and furniture for the children's rooms. New windows and doors on one part of the building and once they have enough funds, will do the rest in stages. The are also planning new wooden flooring for the bedrooms and various other thing, again it will depend on the funding. They have no recreation hall only the dining area. He told us about the children and their general background. The programmes they have set up for them, ensuring they are well taken care of here, giving the a good educations etc and preparing them for life outside ie survival programs when they leave the home, find them accommodation so they ease themselves into the working or study environments etc. He told us they play football, tennis, and are in 2nd and 3rd place, not being a football/tennis fan I don't know exactly what that means, although he show us cups, they are very proud of. Also they are or, will be, performing in a concert in Sofia, singing and dancing folklore. The have talented chess players and painters. The children love to sing and dance. We were invited to an event in April 2009 at the home.


We had the grand tour and we took some pictures. First place we saw was the little area dedicated to the history of Bulgaria. There was lovely costumes and old antique stuff nicely laid out on tables and on the walls. The children are well protected with security all round them. Inside there are 14 small but comfortable bedrooms. The west wing for the boys and south for the girls. There are 6 beds in each room (3 sets of bunk beds) A chest of drawers or a desk and chair and a small built in wardrobe. The furniture was pine and was in good condition. There is a toilet and a washbasin in each room which was in the same bedroom, but in a smaller room off to the side. The children are responsible for keeping their beds made and keeping the rooms clean. What struck me most, was, we did not see one single item of clothing left lying about, everywhere was so neat and tidy. Everything was in its place, exactly the same elsewhere too. Wonderful.


After the tour, the children had gathered into the dining area patiently waiting for us. Stilian spoke to them and explained who we were and I think, why we were here and lots of other stuff. In the meantime the translator said, the director has asked if I would say a few words, would I mind. Now my Bulgaria is not that great, I understand more, but hey lets give it a go. As Stilian handed over to me the room went quiet, Dougie was not by my side I was on my own with all these children and adults watching me - my God, mind went a blank for a moment, then I said in my best Bulgarian, Good afternoon children, I am Berni and this is my husband Dougie, well the whole room roared and clapped and cheered and whistled, I filled up immediately and the tears flowed - I was truly overwhelmed and Dougie was by my side in a flash, he too was tearful. I was totally shocked at the response. I expect it was because I spoke to them in Bulgarian. It was just so wonderful. Elaina said they are happy to meet you, can you carry on, this time I spoke English as there was too much to say and Elaina translated. I told them we had brought them some presents from us, our family and friend in England and we hope they like them. Stilian told us they had been very good children and if they continue to be good, we will do our best to bring more next time. - then Stilian said only if they are very very good. Then they clapped and cheered again Elaina asked me to open the boxes and give some of the stuff out to the children, which I did and again their faces were a picture.. I looked over at Dougie and I knew from his expression we had done the right thing, he was as bad as myself he had tears running down his face, he was delighted as he looked from one child to the other. As I looked round the room, through misty tearful eyes at these wonderful little angels, I felt so proud of us. The children they were just beaming with delight. This is what it is all about, our mission was accomplished, the look on their faces, the joy and happiness we brought them for a few hours was magnificent. It was just heaven, really no other word for it. Then I opened a box that had the football shirts in and they were wild for them. In the end I was getting over crowded and threw them to Stilian, he gave them out. I did not think about bringing toys as they are not essentials, but we decided a few bags of small cars and a few boxes of soft toys wouldn't take up too much room, so we shoved them in. I opened the box with the soft toys in and the children went mad for them. The box was empty in seconds. Whoever, told me, toys were not a necessity, were greatly mistaken, if you seen these children with the smallest toy, you would be amazed. I wish now we had put more boxes of toys in. We never in our whole life saw the delight and happiness in children as we saw this day. It was just the most moving experience I have ever had in my life. Naturally there were tears and hugs and more tears, it was just wonderful. So we left the teachers to sort the rest of the stuff out and distribute amongst the children at their convenience.


Stilian said the children are really excited and they want to sing for us, so we all went to the TV room, where the children were waiting with the accordionist. The sang folklore songs. Then the boys and girls danced the traditional dance as well. The were having a great time and we enjoyed it all as well. Then on of the girls recited a poem she wrote herself, which was translated by Elaina. It was very good all about looking over the town of white Silsitra. Such a shame we forgot the video camera!!! Dougie was kidnapped again, by the children as they wanted to be photographed and by the end of the visit the battery was dead in the digital camera.


There was a meeting in the office and Nellie was on her way. She arrived a few minutes later. Someone found Dougie and escorted him to the office, in case he got waylaid again. We told Nellie about the day and the excitement and Stilian wanted to express his thanks for our kindness. I asked him did he think the children were happy with the stuff, he said there are now words necessary - just look at them. There are currently setting up a website and gave me all the literature but it is in Bulgaria, Nellie will translate it when she gets time. I will see if I can set up a website myself, I have some good friends who will help me, hope you are reading this Bill - BulgariaBill.


Well that was it, the staff had sorted the stuff out and will distribute in due course. The brought up to the office all the games, jigsaws, colouring pens, books, pens, pencils, pads and divided between each teachers group. I wish we had brought more now, they are very short of this kind of stuff. We will know better next time. The other thing was the little bottles of sample perfumes, soaps, powders, few pencil cases, hair bobs etc the teacher said the have kept as special rewards for the children. A lovely lady Ruth from England gave me hand made necklaces and bracelets she made for them. The teachers were truly delighted with them but would only give them to the most deserving child.


We want to say a very special thanks to our family for all their help in collecting, packing and overseeing the loading. Thanks to our friends and neighbours for all their help too. Jack you are a little darling thanks a million for being there with Dougie.

Berni & Dougie

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:53 pm

God I'm shattered and I never typed it well done guy's I think you are a credit to the human race

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:59 am

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:53 pm

Well I don't know if I should cry or smile it all seems full of mixed emotions fair play to you Bernie without your man at your side you still managed to hold on well done again

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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:11 pm

Well I can tell you I read this earlier but didn't have time to post but it made me fill up and get a lump in my throat it amazes me how you do all this but you do and I hope you both get all you deserve
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PostSubject: Silistra Orphanage photos Sept 2008   Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:23 am

Ah bless you all for your kind words You are just great

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