Organization that is implementing
2016 – Onwards
Refugees and Asylum Seekers and migrants
The Mentorship Programme implemented by the “St. Anna” integration centre for refugees and immigrants at “Caritas Sofia“ helps to encourage the communication of people who have obtained international protection with the local population which assists their integration into Bulgarian society. The Programme exists since 2016 as a corroborated operating practice helping the people who have obtained international protection and who live in Sofia. The refugees, newly arrived to a unknown environment, need somebody to help them- a friend and/or a partner with whom they can share their problems, practice Bulgarian and spend time in the company of a local person.
The mentors go through a training at the beggining of the program, where they learn the basics of mentorship, effective communication, the objectives of the programme, how to teach Bulgarian through conversation and inclusion in appropriate cultural events.
Impact on refugees or local community lives?
The Caritas Mentorship Programe helps two groups of people make their dreams come true, building a bridge to their worlds, hopes and willingness to show their best, deleting the imaginary barriers of prejudice and fears.