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Five children to leave Mogilino social care home

Author: Petar Kostadinov Date: Wed, Jun 04 2008 1675 Views
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Varna municipality would build a house for five of the children currently residing at the Mogilinо social care home in northern Bulgaria, according to the cooperation agreement signed on June 4 2008 by Varna mayor Kiril Yordanov, UNICEF and the State Agency for Social Welfare, mediapool.bg said.

Varna would provide the land for the house in its remote neighborhood Vladislavovo. A total of 300 000 leva would be needed for the project, which would be spent on building the house and training staff. The money will come from the charity campaign launched by private broadcaster bTV.

The house will be near Vladislavovo's hospital, schools and kindergartens.  A total of eight children would live at the house, Yordanov said. Five would be from Mogilino and the other three will - from other social care homes. The idea is for the children living at the house to be able to attend local schools and take care of their own.

The Mogilino social care home became of international interest after BBC4 broadcasted a documentary on the poor living conditions in the home in September 2007. Harsh reactions from abroad made Government take action and draft an action plan to close it down.

A total of 16 children and teenagers have left the home since the start of the year, mediapool.bg said. The children were transferred to special care homes and homes for children with mental disabilities. The biological parents of three of the children have been found.

Two girls from the home are to be transferred to the first home for people with mental disabilities in the town of Pernik, near Sofia. The shelter in Pernik will open several months from now.

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