Silistra Orphanage

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We now have 6 sets of beautifully colored bunk beds donated to Malak Preslavetz orphanage
from Mrs and Mrs Hughes daughter Emma Burgon and their friends and Helen Wilson.Thank you all so much you have done great! Dougie and I, the children, staff and the director are over the moon. They are just wonderful, see photos on our facebook page. Soon we hope to start fundraising for wardrobes and cupboards to complete the rooms.

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Welcome to the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage, Silistra, Bulgaria

We are Douglas & Bernadette Leggett and we would like to tell you a little about ourselves and our involvement in the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage and others  in Silistra, Bulgaria. We currently live in Peterborough in the UK. We are two ordinary people. Dougie is retired and in June 2013 I took early retirement to dedicate more time to our cause.  We have been visiting Bulgaria now for a number of years and we just love the country, the people and their traditions. Most of all, we feel very passionate about the children in the Orphanages.

We started off bringing a few extra clothes and giving them to various people, to give to the needy and the orphanages. Then, in 2005, we bought a small house in Silistra, in the North-East of Bulgaria, which we renovated in order to spend our holidays there. We got to know our neighbours, the villagers, their families and, more importantly, we got to know about the Dimcho Debelianov Orphanage.

We decided that we would bring what we could to help the children ourselves. Dougie built a huge trailer with the intention of filling it with goods for the children and driving over. We had lots of help collected goods from friends, family, work colleagues and Freecycle. The results were wonderful. Before we knew it, we had boxes and boxes to transport to Bulgaria. The trailer was almost finished when due to sudden illness, all our plans had to be changed, and the trip was delayed for 7 months.

We collected more than we could carry in a trailer, so we had to find another way of transporting the goods to Bulgaria, therefore, I contacted a Bulgarian transport company and they agreed to transport for just under £2,000. We had no other option but to pay for the transport of the goods ourselves as we had come this far and could not let the children down now.

Finally, the boxes were delivered to the children on the 20th October 2008, the most wonderful experience we have ever experienced. We were so happy, even through all the problems we had encountered, the setbacks, Dougie’s ill health, extra costs etc., we achieved our goal. It was just wonderful. The children were delighted and our donations made them so happy. We decided there and then that this is what we want to do, to help those children and others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Our aim is to send a lorry load out every year - we hope to get help with the goods and transport costs. We can do so much to help the children, but naturally, we cannot do it alone next time. Therefore, we need your help please. We  had also been made aware of a baby/medical orphanage in the same town and have collected boxes of goods for them too, as well as some products for the Hospital and the Home for the Elderly. All we need to do now is get the goods out to the needy people of Bulgaria.

Update  August 2015:   To date we have helped 31 orphanages/organisations for children/adults/elderly without parents or family.  from orphanages to the very poor in the villagers. 

NOTE: 2008 to  2014  We  have helped 21 organisations to date

In addition to above we continue to support the following every year in Silistra 3 Orphanages, 2 Disability Centres, The Disability Day Centre, The Home for the Elderly, the Hospital, Plovdiv Orphanage, Kalovo Village, Dobrich Centre  SFTH Disability Centre  Silistra and  a new project for 2014 is Glavinitza Teenage Disability Centre Silistra  and others when needed. See our other organization page

Thank you for your help, without you, we cannot do this.

Berni & Dougie

 
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