Sustainable Space for Participation and Engagement - Stimulating the Mother Centers in Bulgaria and SerbiaSustainable Space for Participation and Engagement - Stimulating the Mother Centers in Bulgaria and SerbiaBulgaria Roma MCSustainable Space for Participation and Engagement - Stimulating the Mother Centers in Bulgaria and Serbia

Our objectives

Our concrete objectives for the project are the following:

1. Discovering lessons learned to improve the Mother Center model in Roma communities
Based on an analysis of the rise and fall of six Roma Mother Centers in Serbia, Bulgaria and Hungary in the last 10 years, we want to identify and understand the limits of the Mother Center model in Roma communities as it has functioned so far.
Out of this analysis, we will formulate adaptations to the model that fill in the “blind spots” in the support structure and that give new impulses and leverages to these projects and make the concept on the whole more sustainable.

2. Revival and starting up of Mother Centers in Roma communities
With these results, we will first of all revitalise the Roma Mother Center in Sandanski that functions now at a low level.
The main part of the project is a start up training of a group of interested local stakeholders from North-East of Bulgaria and Serbia. They will learn appropriate competences (knowledge, attitude, skills) to advocate and intermediate the establishment of Mother Centers with active involvement of Roma communities. The training will be designed and lead by international facilitators in Bulgaria.
After the training a follow up support will be provided for the local stakeholders to prepare their grounds and start new Mother Centers in two municipalities in the North-East of Bulgaria.
In addition, we want to prepare the grounds in Serbia to establish a new Roma Mother Center by identifying, training and strengthen the competences of 3-5 women multipliers.

3. Strengthening the partnership
In order to strengthen the ties between Bulgaria, Serbia and Germany, we want to organise a meeting in Germany. The objective is to strengthen the network, to exchange experiences and to establish valuable connections for future projects.