Children from families who have no economic standing, who are under skilled and from outlying rural areas are particularly affected by discrimination and poverty. Catastrophic living conditions combined with unemployment and systemic dis-crimination create a vicious circle that is difficult to break out of. Some children in the poverty-stricken areas of Sofia, the so called “mahalas,” never go to school or are placed in a special needs class.

In Bulgaria, children are the age group with the highest risk of poverty or social exclusion at around 33.3%, according to Eurostat data.

CONCORDIA Bulgaria began its work in Sofia in 2008 to provide sheltered housing and educational opportunities for young people from marginalised communities. Today CONCORDIA cares for children, young people and families who are experiencing poverty and social exclusion - among other things through educational offers in the day centres, social counselling and outreach work with the families. In 2022 more than 1,538 people were supported by the services of CONCORDIA Bulgaria.

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