After working 35 years in hospitality, catering and education I moved to Bulgaria in 2008. In 2009 we set up and registered Phoenix Inspire as a legal Non Government Organisation (NGO). Since creating Phoenix Inspire in 2009 we have worked with children living in the Children’s Home in Novo Selo, Vidin and participated in a number of other activities.
We know that too many people in Bulgaria are in need of support. As Vidin is the poorest area it has the greater need. I moved to Bulgaria with the intension of offering opportunities to young adults to gain skills and knowledge so that they can move out of poverty.
I created Phoenix Cafe as a social enterprise to create learning and training opportunities in patisserie, bakery and customer service. All our products are made in house as this is where the skills are developed. There are two groups of people whom we hope to be able to help. Firstly, those from the Roma community and secondly, there are a number of families in the region who are well below the poverty line and therefore unable to pay for tuition and education.
Phoenix Inspire’s motto is ‘Creating Chances, Inspiring Success’. I believe that through training and skills development we can change things for the better. I know that the road to success is not easy. However, if we remind ourselves of the proverb ‘if you ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ we will succeed.
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