On April 16, 2021 our organization "Changing a Generation" was a part of the sponsorship and the opening of our 5th playground in Bulgaria. The new playground was gifted to the city of Nikolaevo, located in the south-central part of the country.
One of the most touching things that took place on the day of opening was meeting the children from the neighborhoods who will be playing and enjoying the new playground. Although the kindergarten located across from it will be utilizing it most of the time, the communities all around will be sending their children to a place where the kids can play and enjoy just being kids.
As we walked throughout the nearby neighborhoods, the kids were coming out of their houses, running after us, and tugging on us... They all wanted help, attention and love. The needs in the area are literally overwhelming. The children were jumping off the rooftops of their homes or climbing the electrical polls, some were playing in the dirt with stones...little girls desiring to play with dolls were playing with sticks.
This summer we are starting new outreach programs for the kids and in the fall we are partnering with the local kindergarten by sponsoring young children between 3-4 years of age. These kids come from extremely poor families with one parent or living with distant relatives. We believe that we can make a difference in this new area by showing them Christ's love and providing for their needs.
Several years ago we began a campaign called, "Adopt a Neighborhood" that allows anyone to become involved in sponsoring neighborhoods in Bulgaria in various ways so we can bring sustainability and change in the lives of the people. Anyone interested in partnering with us in this endeavor or would like to sponsor a child from Nikolaevo can be involved by visiting our page HERE.
Thankful for our friends and current partners for helping us make a difference in the lives of many through prayer and sponsorships.