The photographs were taken with the participation of young people from the family-type homes in the city.
The “Discover Me” photography exhibition was presented on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the Cultural Information Center in Kazanlak. The exhibition showed photographs taken with the participation of the youths from the family-type homes in the city managed by The Cedar Foundation. The photographs will be on show until the end of January, 2020.
The exhibition is one of the many activities of our Photodrama project – a psychodramatic approach which achieves strong therapeutic results for children and youths who grew up in specialized institutions.
Among the visitors of the event were the deputy mayors Ahmed Mehmed and Lilia Tsonkova, representatives of the “Social Assistance” Directorate and the Department of Child Protection, partnering organisations, school directors, teachers, and society members.
During the official part of the event Lilia Tsonkova talked about the effective long-term partnership between Kazanlak municipality and The Cedar Foundation. Our Executive Director Alexandrina Dimitrova thanked the attendees for their support and shared the successes of the foundation, focusing on the results of the individual care for the children and youths in the centers.
“Through the “Discover Me” project we expanded the activities for the children and youths in our centers and we provided therapy for those with disabilities, as well as mentorship for the disadvantaged teenagers. The photodrama sessions gave the children priceless experiences for working in a team, having meaningful discussions, and making choices. They also helped them become more confident and ready for an independent life after leaving the centers.”
In addition to the photodrama, the project also focused on individual and group therapeutic activities, health, mental health, social and education counseling, support for personal development, development of talents and nurturing social inclusion as well as improving the abilities required to live an autonomous life.
The “Discover me. See me. Support me. Support for independent living and social inclusion” project is funded by the European Social Fund of the European Union as part of the “Human Resources Development” operational programme with The Cedar Foundation as the beneficiary.