Roma Girls Camps

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Idea in Action

Areté Youth Foundation (AYF) was founded in 2005 to fund and support the leadership development of disadvantaged youth in Bulgaria and the Balkans.  Since the summer of 2000, members of AYF have been involved in the design and implementation of Camp Zaedno Napred (Forward Together).  The camps began as a way for motivated Roma youth from Bulgaria to build leadership skills and self-esteem, and to find ways to overcome the extreme cases of discrimination that they face in their communities.  The purpose of these camps was to help motivate, inform and improve the lives of participants by encouraging them to complete their education and take a more active role in their communities.  The goals of this initiative continue to be relevant today.

While AYF has always supported young Roma women, for the first time we will be implementing a National Roma Girls Camps (NRGC) to directly meet the needs of high school girls throughout Bulgaria and we need your help!  We believe youth camps are essential for building networks that both encourage and support further education and lead to job placement.  Through our initiatives we have cultivated hundreds of young leaders within the Roma community.  By establishing connections and partnerships among successful Roma and educational institutions, we will help remove barriers and level the playing field for those who have the will and desire to succeed.


Roma Girls Camps' main objectives are:
• Enhance the capacities and empower 25 young women from across Bulgaria by promoting equality and equal participation in Roma communities and organizations;
• Enable young women to become active, conscientious and engaged citizens through teambuilding activities, identification of leadership skills, and strengthening of relationships between communities, Bulgarian and Roma leaders;
• Create a sustainable network of young women leaders to support greater participation in school and an enhanced desire to "give back" to the community;
• Provide tools for young women to better understand their dynamic roles in society and to deal effectively with the challenges they face individually and as a community to help foster motivation and personal development; and       
• Increase self-confidence and develop an increased awareness of Roma history and civic responsibility.

Duration of the donation campaign

The campaign for donations will end on 30th of May 2014.

Your support is an Investment in the future!

To successfully implement our first National Roma Girls Camps, we will need a total of $5,357 / 3750 € / 7500 BGN. With your help, we can achieve our goal! A donation of:

~ $965 / 675€ / 1350 BGN will ensure daily meals and accommodation for 25 girls for 3 days;
~ $430 / 300€ / 600 BGN will cover travel costs for 10 participants;
~ $70 / 50€ / 100 BGN will be enough for health insurances for all 25 girls; and
~ $17 / 12€ / 24 BGN will be needed for training materials for each participant.

Arete Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization in the U.S.  All donations are tax-deductible.

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Thank you for your generosity and support.


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