You can’t make a village with just one house or How to save the Bulgarian villages

You can’t make a village with just one country house, that’s what they told us in the Rhodope village Manastir. People there are full of bright thoughts and positive attitude, perhaps because they see everything from above – after all Manastir is the highest situated village in Bulgaria. We went there and also to a few more villages in the area, to meet the local people and their everyday life, talk about the crafts, which are still alive and what each village needs. Just a week later there was an emergency situation there due to the snow, which brought out even more questions and problems than we mentioned during our meetings with the local mayors.

This mobilized us to start thinking how to bring the most appropriate people to our new project “Baba Residence”. Our dream is to connect the potential of unemployed young people with the knowledge of the elderly in one innovative social- entrepreneurial model, in which we will use design thinking, competences in ethnological researches and… in the village…. In the Rhodope Mountains – with a granny – for four to six weeks during this summer!

If you are interested in finding out more about “Baba Residence”, on the 26th of March we will be in “Bibliotekata” club in Plovdiv at 19:30 o’clock. Find more about the event – here!

EEA_Grants_JPG_4642_1-150x150The project “Baba Residence” is financed through the “NGO Programme in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014”. Our partners are Association for Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore studies “Ongal” and Foundation “Plovdiv 2019”.

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