weltgewandt. Institut für interkulturelle politische Bildung e.V., Berlin/DE
The non-profit organisation provides citizenship education and information on political, social and cultural issues for everyone. weltgewandt („open to the world”) focuses on a) making current developments in society and politics understood, b) fostering an awareness of what democracy is and which values are needed to keep it running, and c) encouraging citizens to actively participate in social, political and cultural life. Taking the existing plurality of modern societies into consideration, weltgewandt also strengthens d) the dialogue between people of different cultures, social contexts, generations and life-styles.
weltgewandt e.V. runs seminars, workshops and trainings combining complex issues of societies with creative approaches. It also produces educational material for trainers and teachers encompassing information and didactical inspirations for positive and fruitful learning experiences.
Health and social development Foundation (HESED) was founded and registered in 1998. The multi-ethnic (Roma and Bulgarian) and multi-disciplinary team of more than 70 persons includes specialists in the fields of pedagogy, psychology, social work, medicine, human rights protection, PR, management, accountancy, and Roma community workers.
HESED works in three main areas: Roma community development programmes; health and preventive programmes for key populations; research in the field of behavioural change. Currently HESED is providing community development services in three big Roma communities in Bulgaria – Fakulteta neighbourhood, Sofia (40 000 inhabitants), Filipovtzi neighbourhood, Sofia (10 000), Iztok neighbourhood, Kyustendil (10 000). HESED established the first in Bulgaria community-based health and social center in the Roma neighbourhood in 2003 and nowadays operates four community-based centers according the Model for integrated development (MID) where the last one started functioning in 2017 and is the biggest of its kind in Bulgaria.
MID includes early child development and successful social integration of Roma youths and adults. The focus on the environment issues had become integral part of the work with youngsters and their families. Different approaches to support all community members to diminish water wasting were implemented in the recent years aiming to change and improve the everyday life in Roma neighbourhoods.