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Our second action day in Sofia

Sunny autumn, smiling people. All in the support to our campaign against the hate speech!

We are now at Schools

This week we have started our presentations in Sofia's high schools. We have already visited two of them andseveral more we are going to visit in the nearest time.
The first school that we have visited was 28 Средно Общообразователно Училище "Алеко Константинов". There we gave a presentation to the seven graders. The second school was that let us in was113 СОУ "САВА ФИЛАРЕТОВ". There we had a little bit older audience – 10-11 graders. But at the same time there were few children from the lower classes. During all the presentations in the classrooms we gathered around 50-60 youngsters.
During the presentations we have presented the video about bullying that led to the discussions what youngsters are seeing there and what they think about this topic. Later on it was our turn to talk more about human rights, specifically about hate speech online. We have presented our work and what we are doing here in Sofia. We ended up all the presentations with a topic about vol…

International Youth Day Video

Some flashbacks from International Youth Day in Sofia where we took part in. Our friend, EVS volunteer in Lovech Maria Sonia Vigart made an amazing video about that day and our EVS experience.

Thank you Maria!

What I found after the tunnel

In Nadezhda there are not playgrounds but children willing build them up. As an alternative, they are using a steep ramp inside a tunnel - the one they should cross everyday on their way back from school. Built under the railways, this narrow and yellow corridor is the entrance and exit passage to two entirely different realities: the Tsigani and the white Bulgarians’ one. This is the story of the Roma Neighborhood in Sliven, one of the cities with the highest Roma Population in Bulgaria.  When we arrived to Nadezhda´s doors I didn´t even notice we were there. This huge Roma Settlement starts behind the red building of the train station in Sliven, and when the train reaches this stop the neighborhood disappears. It is like a curtain made of wagons which hides for a couple of minutes every two or three hours one of the biggest Gipsy ghettos in Bulgaria.
During my visit to Nadezhda my Polish friend and I were guided by Stefan and Dorothea. Two of the workers of Thirst for Life Associatio…

Wise Art

Last month we were talking about music. So this week we decided to talk about art.Andy Warhol. I guess a lot of you already know this name and what it is famous for. 
Andy Warhol was a man of a lot of talents: a fashion illustrator, painter, printmaker, sculptor, magazine publisher, filmmaker, photographer, and archivist. He was an leading figure in the art movement called Pop Art. He became super popular in the second half of the twentieth century. His best seller paintings are Campbells soup cans, Marilyn Diptych, Seven Elvises and many more.
But why we are talking about him and his art here? How it is connected to anti-discrimination and tolerance?
To begin with, the artist has said a lot of insightful phrases in his short but productive life. One of them and one of the most world wide known phrasesof Andy Warhol is: “I think everybody should like everybody.” The quote says a lot itself. Maybe not intentionally, maybe with some intentions, the artist spread a tolerance message to the…