THE STORY BEHIND SUNFLOWER
Sunflower is a small organisation based in Bansko, Bulgaria and registered with the Bulgarian Government. It is focused on fundraising to provide support for elderly, disabled or disadvantaged individuals within the social care system. To improve their living conditions, their social integration and employability.
For some time there have been various individual initiatives to help the people of the Bansko and Razlog Municipalities. For example, fundraising for walking frames for the disabled, unwanted clothing redistribution and the provision of two special saddles for the Perivolas riding stables.
More recently there have been initiatives from the UK based charities SPARKS and Educ8, which have provided computers, sports education, English lessons and even Yoga classes.
The concept of Sunflower was sown from those involved in some of these initiatives, with the help of several willing friends! The aim being to bring together the individual activities in order to build on them and officially fund raise and target priority needs within the area.
Sunflower has it’s roots firmly in the local community, as well as being supported by the many people who chose to holiday in this fantastic region of Bulgaria.
Our immediate aims are:
To purchase mattress protectors for all beds in the Mesta Dementia Home – UPDATE: we are pleased to say this has now been achieved.
To continue collecting and redistributing clothing – ongoing.
To work towards the Provision of Sensory Equipment for Stravetz Centre in Bansko for local people with Special Needs – UPDATE: this is our current project and focus.
In the medium term;
To continue work towards the Sensory room
To provide new mattresses for the Mesta home
To expand the provision of English lessons.
Computers, computer support skills, sports equipment and youth to adult size training shoes are also on our ‘Wanted!’ list.
Donations can be made in person to any of the Sunflower representatives, at the Bansko Tourist Information (BTI) office or online via Paypal (soon!).
With your help, financial or otherwise, Sunflower can spread these roots and make a real difference to many lives.