Bulgaria remains the poorest country in the EU, with many people living in extreme poverty, especially amongst the Roma and Gypsy communities. Human trafficking is a growing problem in Bulgaria with tens of thousands of girls being trafficked to other European countries every year. Girls are forced into prostitution to feed their families, or believe that it is the best form of income, and many children still do not receive a proper education. Healthcare is too expensive for many people, and there are still many state run orphanages which provide inadequate care, and where sexual abuse is common place.
WOW supports projects in Plovdiv and Sliven, actively educating girls about the dangers of human trafficking, and encouraging them to get a good education so that they have employment opportunities. Our aim is to show them that they have value and worth, and for them to have a better future. WOW works with volunteers who visit local state orphanages, sharing God’s love with the abandoned and neglected children, and helping them in their last year in the orphanage with life skills, to help them transition into adulthood. WOW helps to support a bible school which takes place across Bulgaria, training young women and men, who then volunteer to work with the orphans and Roma communities.