Friends of Bulgaria is the first charity to devote humanitarian aid to Bulgaria, responding in 1991 to the crisis in funding hospitals and institutional homes for children with disabilities and orphanages for abandoned children. Ellie is best


Friends of Bulgaria is now the longest-serving children’s charity devoted to Bulgaria, celebrating in 2016 a quarter-century of work locally, improving the welfare of children without parental care and adapting to meet their requirements as institutional childcare transforms into care in the community. 

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Friends of Bulgaria responds to local initiatives for improving the quality of life of children in care and adolescents leaving care living isolated, routine-bound existences in urban locations, deprived of social communication, recreation and proper education.

Fund-raising Sponsored Walk

In 2018, Friends of Bulgaria is chosen to benefit from funds raised by Jan Kozlowski’s Trekking Spirit Project, a 7,200 km walk from the Black Sea to the Spanish Atlantic Ocean passing through Bulgaria to be distributed for the benefit of children’s recreation, music and and play in orphanages and refugee shelter.

We wish Jan and Eva every success!

Friends of Bulgaria works in partnership with charities in Bulgaria delivering projects designed to promote:

Communication & Social Skills:

Life Support Skills:

Personal development:

Individual confidence:

in Creative Arts:  music, singing, dance, art, crafts

in computer literacy, cooking, accounting

'Outreach' and Mentoring projects targeting individuals’ social, emotional, physical and educational difficulties

Outward Bound projects, eg: summer camp and excursions offering experiences of rural nature and team building

2017 / 2018 News

ZOV Childrens Club at Penyo Maria Centre, Veliko Turnovo - new Sports Room:

At the opening, Deputy Minister of Social Care Department Bulgaria Rositsa Dimitrova said:

"Organisations like ZOV are a great example of collaboration between institutions. Other organisations should learn how ZOV helps children and how to be consistent, sustainable supporting not only for the children but the whole child protection system. I have never known an organization like ZOV. I am so proud of what ZOV is doing".

February 2018

Project providers ZOV, Veliko Turnovo

a team from Friends of Bulgaria visited ZOV programmes in several centres pictured

ZOV initiative to extend the Outreach Mentoring programme to Children in Care in Vratsa is the focus of Friends of Bulgaria special Christmas Appeal 2017

Project providers ZOV, Veliko Turnovo
a team from Friends of Bulgaria visited ZOV programmes in several centres pictured 

ZOV initiative to extend the Outreach Mentoring programme to Children in Care in Vratsa is the focus of Friends of Bulgaria special Christmas Appeal 2017: music making
     ZOV Saturday Club for Girls at Risk in sheltered accommodation: dancing and singing     Volunteer Mentors help children in care with school work

      ZOV Childrens' Club for Special                       ZOV Saturday Club for Girls at                          Volunteer Mentors help                 

           Needs: music-making                            Risk in sheltered accommodation:                children in care with school work         

                                                                                 dancing and singing                                                                                    



ZOV Saturday Club for children                   ZOV Mentoring Education club

 in residential home craft making,                                                                 

decorating eggs, candles                                                                 

Star of Hope, Sofia

Replacing Star of Hope founder Emilia Manolova, new director, Martin Evgeniev introduces the team at Star of Hope, including long-standing Social Worker Lubka Ivanova who is closely associated with sheltered accommodation HalfwayHouse residents past and present and maintains the level of care given to Family Centres for children without Parental Care and people with Special Needs, including adults and the elderly, provided by Star of Hope in the Vratsa and Blagoevgrad districts. read more

Dalbok Dol, Troyan - Centre for Social Rehabilitation and Integration         

Supported by Дете и Пространство - Child and Space

Contact with Centre resumed, after a break following the departure of Centre Director in 2014

Situated in the tranquil Balkan village Dalbok Dol, the Centre comprises of:

- a Family Centre with capacity for accommodating 14 children without parental care

- a Day Centre with therapy for children with Special Needs referred by the schools in Troyan

- and is equipped with an art and ceramics workshop


Dalbok Dol Day Centre therapist support

Friends of Bulgaria supported Summer Camps 2017

A record number of summer camps welcomed children from distant towns in Bulgaria to the heart of the Balkan Mountains:

-       from Sofia, Star of Hope’s regular summer camp

-       from Veliko Turnovo, ZOV increased the number of successive camps to 6

-       from Kichevo, Varna, the first summer camp from the Center for Faith, Hope and Love

Friends of Bulgaria’s Project Providers:  

OXAB: Oxford Aid to the Balkans -

ZOV: 'appeal'  -

Star of Hope Foundation, Sofia

Karin Dom Foundation, Varna

Friends of Bulgaria  Project Sites

Veliko Turnovo

Dalbok Dol



Stara Zagora


Gorna Oryahovitsa

Star of Hope – HalfwayHouse supported accommodation
Penyo and Maria family centres, Two Family Centres, Crisis Centre
Paraskeva Neikova Dom residential Centre

Centre for Rehabilitation and Integration

Ivan Hadjiskii School – unit for disadvantaged children

Municipal Community Centre,

Club, National Association for Nydrocephaly and Spina Bifida

Karin Dom Foundation for Mental and Physical disability

Nezabravka Orphanage  

Home for children with mental disabilities

Day Centre and Family Centre for Children with Disabilities