• They are capable of more than we think

    They are capable of more than we think

    The first few years of life are the most important ones. This is why we help children and parents in Roma communities build fundamental life skills together. If we begin early, we’ll reach far.
  • A positive path of development for Roma youth.

    A positive path of development for Roma youth.

    An increasingly large part of children entering schools come from ethnically-isolated communities. We work with children and their social environment for their successful education.
  • Builders of today's Bulgaria

    Builders of today's Bulgaria

    25% of our young work-force will be comprised of Roma. We develop work-ethic and build confidence for success in Roma youth.

The Health and Social Development Foundation (HESED) works on breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and places vulnerable groups on the path of development.

How are we different?

Exiting the cycle of poverty is a mission made possible with our successful Model for integrated development (MIR) in Roma communities. In the short run, the model prepares young people for successful participation in the labor market. In the long run, it ensures early child development so children can receive a good education and realization in society.

Team

We are a multiethnic, multidisciplinary team comprised of psychologists, social workers, educators, medical specialists and collaborators from Roma communities.

Successful outcomes

The children enrolled in our programs have five times greater academic achievements compared to other children in Roma communities who do not have access to early child education and development programs.

MIR Centers

We affirm a new type of social infrastructure based inside isolated communities. The centers’ clients receive direct access to our development programs.

Centers

MIR Center Sofia – "Fakulteta" Neighbourhood
MIR Center Sofia – “Fakulteta” Neighbourhood
MIR Center Kustendil – "Iztok" Neighbourhood
MIR Center Kustendil – “Iztok” Neighbourhood
MIR Center Sofia – “Filipovtsi” Neighbourhood
MIR Center Sofia – “Filipovtsi” Neighbourhood
Demo Center MIR,  "Fakulteta" Neighbourhood, Sofia
Demo Center MIR, “Fakulteta” Neighbourhood, Sofia

Join our efforts!

We have 20 years of experience and a team of over 40 specialists. To be even more successful we need a greater scale for our projects. We currently have four community centers, that have changed the lives of hundreds of people. We still need dozens of centers to meet the needs of thousands of people.

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We change the roadmap to development 

Our centers and programs solve the two fundamental problems in Roma communities – education and employment.

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