When Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, thousands celebrated on Sofia’s streets with high hopes for the nation’s future. However, corruption, a weak judiciary and organised crime continue to hold the country back and hamper its economic prospects. The Centre for the Study of Democracy found 150,000 bribes paid every month, across all sections of society.
40% of the Roma population live below the poverty line. They face severe social and economic disadvantages, as well as widespread discrimination, with even the deputy prime minister convicted of hate speech in 2017.
We work with families in southern Bulgaria, including many Roma, journeying with them towards self-sufficiency. We provide educational and emotional support to vulnerable children and see them thrive as result. In Sofia, there are many homeless people who have fallen through the cracks. Here we demonstrate the love of Christ through hot meals, shoes, clothes, medical care and sharing the gospel.