Direct Work Programs

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Programs for direct work with refugees and asylum seekers

The Council of Refugee Women in Bulgaria supports its beneficiaries through Programs for direct work with refugees and asylum seekers in  Social mediation and Humanitarian support.

Social mediation

Through the social mediation program, people seeking protection are given access to social support.

Humanitarian support

With us, refugees and asylum seekers can receive basic necessities, according to the situation in which they find themselves.

Social mediation

The social mediators of CRWB are representatives of the Bulgarian and Middle Eastern culture. They speak Bulgarian, Arabic, Farsi and English, undergo mandatory in-service training and follow-up training on a number of topics such as: the humanitarian context of working with people fleeing armed conflict; protection of children at risk; difficulties in social adaptation, measures in cases of domestic violence and gender-based violence; responding to a crisis situation and developing a security plan and others. Part of the team of social mediators is based in the field, in the regional reception centers of the State Agency for Refugees at the Council of Ministers in Sofia.

Through the social mediation program, asylum seekers have the opportunity for direct access to social support in the form of translation and facilitation of communication, accompaniment to government institutions, social counseling and information, covering emergency health and social costs for vulnerable people.

The same support is given to people who have received international protection and settled in Bulgaria. They are assisted in their efforts to adapt to a different and unfamiliar social, health and educational system. Social mediators provide support in cases related to education - enrollment in schools and kindergartens, registration in the health system, social information and access to social services in the community and more.

Humanitarian support

In the CRWB office refugees and asylum seekers can receive basic items, according to their individual social situation. Within the frames of our humanitarian program, they have access to regular donations of clothes, shoes, blankets, cosmetics, baby products, children’s toys, school materials and supplies, kitchen and household supplies. Target campaigns for gathering of specific donations are organized to provide access to baby formula and cereals, small furniture, cleaning products, etc. We conduct researches on a regular basis, so that we are able to define all current needs and address them in a suitable manner.

Newcomer asylum seekers, unaccompanied children, as well as persons in a difficult social, health and economic situation are considered with priority in the program –separated or widowed parents, persons, who have lost their close relatives and are living alone, families with more than three children, elderly persons and children with complex medical and psychological traumas.

The donations in the Program are made both by big corporate donors – manufacturers and importers, as well as by individual donors – people who share their belongings and income in order to contribute to the CRWB target donation campaigns. Private individuals respond to our campaigns willingly, as well as large company employees as an internal initiative, or the company management itself with a corporate donation that covers current needs.

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