What We Do
The Daughters of Bulgaria brings prevention and awareness of human trafficking and sexual exploitation to our communities. We proactively build relational bridges (outreach) to women who are enslaved in the sex trade and intervene on their behalf when opportunities arise. Through the Rose Garden Program, we provide recovery and reintegration to formerly exploited women with their children. Why? No one ever experiences exploitation without experiencing trauma, and this trauma affects and colors every aspect of that individual’s life – emotional, psychological, physical, relational and spiritual.
If we could only keep women and children from being swept away into the river of human trafficking to be commercially sexually exploited in the first place, how much better! This is Prevention & Awareness of the dangers and destruction they will face. Once swept away, IF they can escape through Outreach & Intervention, they begin crossing the bridge to what will be a life-long struggle for Recovery from abuse & to Reintegrate into society. Even so, there is HOPE for a new life! They are no longer drowning in that horrible river.
According to the Founding Act of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation (DofBF), the objectives of the DofBF are as follows:
- To raise funds to fulfill the DofBF’s objectives and charitable activities and to use these funds according to and in pursuit of its objectives and charitable activities.
- To combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation with efforts in prevention and raising awareness in Bulgarian society and particularly within groups of people who are determined to be at high risk.
- To assist women (with or without children) who are at high risk of becoming victims of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking, who are sexually exploited and/or trafficked, or who have come out of sexual exploitation and are committed to recovery and reintegration into society.
- To assist this “population” by co-operating with international networks and local organizations as much as possible.
- To produce and retail handcrafted products as a means of achieving the goals of the Foundation’s charitable projects.
Operating Model - Core Values
The Core Values of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation (DofBF) drive its program and operational delivery. These values are summarized in 5 key values enacted within the DofBF’s operating model:
- Trust in the Lord. We trust that the Lord Jesus Christ is in charge of all our needs and growth. He brings leaders and volunteers of his choosing and he provides the funds through individuals, corporations, churches and events to meet our daily and development needs. He provides the healing participants need to recover successfully.
- Quality over Quantity. In all the activities of the Foundation we emphasize excellence. This is seen particularly through the Rose Garden Program’s emphasis on smaller numbers of participants addressed in each area so that they receive long-term, individualized, and quality care. The result is a high success rate of reintegration into society among a population that has extreme barriers to reintegration.
- Human beings have Intrinsic Value. People, we believe are made in God’s image, and therefore, regardless of race, religion, economic status, gender, or nationality are worth the investment of time and finances.
- Recovery is a Long-Term Process. People do not end up “broken” overnight nor do they get “fixed” quickly. It takes time to heal. Therefore, the Rose Garden Program model is designed to support our women with increasing levels of independence for up to 7 years.
- Prevention is Best. When women are prevented from experiencing sexual exploitation and trafficking, it is far better than entering into the life-long struggle for recovering from sexual exploitation. This is why we are committed to education and disseminating information to Bulgarian-speakers internationally and within Bulgarian society.
“What’s going on in your country?” she asked in a lilting New Zealand accent. “I am in Berlin, and there are so many Bulgarian women on my streets. Why?” That was the phone call in 2010 from a New Zealander who for decades had been walking the streets of foreign cities helping prostituted women.
We heard, “These women on our streets [in Berlin] are your mothers, sisters, and daughters.”
We saw prostituted women in a different way, for we had been blind, unable and not wanting to see, even as we passed by women being prostituted on our own streets, day after day.
We learned that Bulgaria was and continues to be known as a major exporter of girls and women for the European sex industry. Why?
We responded, “Help us understand!” we asked future colleagues with whom we are now networked and they coached us, giving freely of their experience, insights and training.
During 2011-12, a handful of Christian missionaries and Bulgarian nationals came together to become known as the Daughters of Bulgaria Coalition (DofBC). They grew in their commitment to reaching out to the prostituted women on the streets of Sofia offering coffee and snacks, a smile, a listening ear, and help for needs as possible. During the same time, they visited like-minded organizations throughout Europe in order to understand the scope of the tragedy affecting the Bulgarian daughters. "What did we now know? What could we begin to do? How could we respond in hope?”
In 2012, the DofBC assisted the newly formed European Freedom Network (EFN), the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP), and Business as Mission (BAM) in hosting a combined international consultation addressing the issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation throughout Europe. After this first “Bridge Conference” and responding to the challenge and advice from the experienced leaders of these networks, the Outreach Team continued more consistently with weekly outreaches, while the DofBC continued researching and trying to grasp who was doing what to address these issues in Bulgaria specifically. The question from the Outreach Team was, “What do we do, what do we say, when any of these prostituted women with whom we are developing relationships, asks for help to leave her place of exploitation and move towards a new way of life?” The reality was there were very few, if any, options to which they could refer the women being prostituted, for help.
While researching, one of the founders came across Servants Anonymous Foundation’s Program Model of Recovery, based out of Vancouver, CA. The DofBC agreed that this was the holistic model of action which they should adopt. This model, especially, focused on the answers to the questions that the Outreach Team was asking.
Then, in 2014, the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation (DofBF) was registered as a non-profit organization in Bulgaria. And the following year, the DofBF entered into a partnership relationship with the SA Foundation to establish a franchise project of their Program Model and The Rose Garden Program (RGP) was created as a subsidiary organ of the DofBF.
Throughout 2016, some of the members of the DofBC engaged in extensive training and preparation to implement The Rose Garden Program, while simultaneously continuing with the ongoing activities of Foundation with weekly Outreach Ministry and nurturing the beginnings of offering employment readiness skills to survivors of prostitution. In the winter of 2017, the RGP opened the Learning Center (full-time day program for social reintegration) and offered residential assistance to survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking (with or without children).
The Daughters of Bulgaria is committed to fulfilling its mandates and objectives. For further information regarding its activities, please refer to the Annual Reports of the Activities of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation.
BONNIE – THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE LINKS TO THESE REPORTS
2015 Annual Activities Report
2016 Annual Activities Report
2017 Annual Activities Report
2018 Annual Activities Report
TIMELINE of IMPORTANT EVENTS
• A challenge by a woman reaching out to prostituted women in Prague, seeing so many Bulgarian woman said, “Give me something to send them home to.”
• Participation in International Consultation on Ministry to Women in Prostitution (ICAP), Wisconsin, USA
• Participation in Evangelical Baptist Federation (EBF) Anti-Trafficking conference, Budapest, Hungary
• Participation in ICAP “Living Hope” conference, Wisconsin, USA
• Participation in EBF ATWG meetings, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Participation in Conference on Anti-Trafficking, Amsterdam, Netherlands, sponsored by Scarlet Cord
• Phone call from Berlin: “Why are there so many of your daughters on my streets?” leading to an informational meeting with Patricia Green, Alabaster Jars ministry, Berlin, Germany
• “Come find out about sex trafficking in Bulgaria” workshop, Sofia, Bulgaria, sponsored by DofBC and Mission Possible-BG
• Participation in “Escape 2010” conference, Chisinau, Moldova
• Investigative/research trip to Athens, Nea Zoi organization
• Vision visit to Nea Zoi, Athens, Greece
• 1st DofB logo
• Participation/Sponsorship of EFN Bridge 2012, ICAP, & BAM conference in Bankya, Bulgaria
• Participation in “Poverty, Gender and Trafficking” seminar, sponsored by Caritas, Sofia, Bulgaria
• Participation in “Hands That Heal” workshop, Sofia, sponsored by Breaking Chains Network, Belgium
• Daughters of Bulgaria Coalition formational meetings held
• Participation in “Breaking Free” conference, Brussels, Belgium, sponsored by ICAP; Breaking Chains Network
• Investigative trip to learn from organizations working the streets of Amsterdam, the Hague, and Brussels
• Participation in EBF Anti-trafficking Working Group meetings, Sabodell, Spain
• Participation in EFN “Equip” conference in Cyprus
• DofBC participated in public screening of “Price of Sex”, Sofia, Bulgaria
• 1st repatriation from Cherut Ministry, Belgium
• 1st Bible study with Daughter from DofB Outreach Ministry
• Participation in anti-trafficking conference, Sliven, Bulgaria, sponsored by A21-Bulgaria; Anti-Trafficking Commission of Bulgaria
• Participation in EBF Anti-trafficking Working Group meetings, Kungsor, Sweden
• Received street and brothel outreach training in Vienna with Herzwerk and in Athens with Nea Zoi
• Pre-assessment training for a possible franchise relationship to implement SAFoundation’s Program Model of long-term recovery, in Budapest, Hungary, and in Vancouver, CA
• DofBC ambassador spoke at MissionNet Conference, southern Germany
• DofBC hosted Vision Trip of American women sponsored by MTW
• Assessment of leaders of the Organizational Development Team of The Rose Garden Program and approval by SAFoundation – Canada;
• Daughter from Outreach Ministry takes first steps towards new life
• 2nd DofB logo created
• Participated in FirstAid Art conference, Vienna, Austria
• DofBC hosted Vision Trip sponsored by 7 Rivers PCA, Florida, USA
• Presentation at the Ambassadors Weekend (MTW)
• Participation in ICAP “Beauty” conference, Wisconsin, USA (May)
• Sponsored “Healing the Wounds of Trauma”, Sofia, Bulgaria, training with B. Randolph
• Participation in EFN Bridge conference, Berlin, Germany
• DofBF sponsored conference, “Holistic Approach to Trauma Healing”, Sofia, Bulgaria, with international speakers, Dr. Diane Langberg, Dr. Katherine Welch, Carolyn Bramhall, Yanitsa Nedelcheva (April)
• S. and A. Kallauch visited to research and give training in trauma response and indoor outreach
• DofBF video clip created for Prevention & Awareness efforts
Board of Directors
The Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation (DofBF) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They are very well acquainted with the core values, particularly with regard to servanthood, personal recovery, community, come from different walks of life, and have various professional backgrounds.
The purpose of the Board of Directors is to ensure, on behalf of the Daughters of Bulgaria Steering Committee (DofBSC), that the vision and mission of the DofBF provide its intended benefit for its consumers and meets its intended social impact at the right cost. The Board is a governing/working Board and consists of between three and eight Board members.
The purpose of the Board of Directors is to govern and manage the affairs of the DofBF. It is also to define on a yearly basis the Foundation’s position regarding its social return on investment (SROI) and to produce policies that not only deal with practices and methods, but also with situations and conduct.
The Board of Directors is responsible for approving budgets and developing and implementing, along with the DofBSC, the ongoing 5-year strategic business plan. It also appoints the auditor yearly.
To become a member of the Board of Directors of the DofBF: Board members should have at least 1 year prior experience as a member of the DofBSC, and be in good standing. Board members must ensure that they are available to commit the time requirement needed to fulfil their job descriptions.
Paid staff and contract workers are not eligible for positions on the Board of Directors. In order to avoid Conflict of Interest, those holding business contracts, those who are major financial contributors ($10,000 USD +/year) to the DofBF, and those who have relatives working within the DofBF as paid staff/volunteers, are not eligible for a position on the Board.
No remuneration shall be provided to Directors and Officers of the Board of Directors except for pre-approved expenses occurred on behalf of the Foundation.
Public Relations & Marketing
Public Relations Policy
The public relations policy of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation is designed to attract individuals seeking to be part of a solution to a global crisis, but especially for wherever Bulgarian women are being targeted for purchase and sale in the sex trade. This is mostly in Bulgaria and Europe.
We welcome these “individuals” who speak well and with conviction about the work of the DofBF and its accomplishments, for there is no better publicity. When representing the DofBF, these “individuals” whether through word or action abide by the Code of Conduct and our values and refrain from providing opinions unrelated to the work of the Foundation.
The Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation implements pilot projects that assist Bulgarian women in moving from vulnerability of being sexually exploited to a new way of life free from sexual exploitation. These projects focus on prevention, intervention, and reintegration.
A major activity of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation is The Rose Garden Program. This is a long-term comprehensive recovery and reintegration program, which offers women (with or without their children) an opportunity to begin and maintain their personal recovery with the goal of becoming productive members of society.
The Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation, with the decision of the Board of Directors, can engage in public policy dialogue and development activities, so long as these activities further the charitable purpose(s) of the Foundation and do not involve the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office.
The Board of Directors of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation together with the members of the Daughters of Bulgaria Steering Committee, makes the decision on all marketing efforts, which includes input from volunteers who offer their time and talents at this level.
The Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation has a core value of creating a fair working environment. This means that:
- We have a solid volunteer management, employee handbook, and code of conduct in place.
- We adhere to the employment regulations of Bulgaria.
- We have a 3:1 rule which states that the highest paid employee may not receive more than 3 times the salary of the lowest paid employee.
Social Impact & Annual Reports
The social impact of the Daughters of Bulgaria Foundation (DofBF) can be seen in Bulgaria, the European Union, and the United States as we interact with the issues involved in the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of Bulgarian women. This results in support of the activities of DofBF.
These ethnicities have been served:
- Bulgarian Roma
These populations have been impacted:
Long-term care has been provided to Bulgarian women, some with their children, through the Rose Garden Program as they have moved away from lives of prostitution to new ways of life. Also, as part of the mandate of the DofBF, opportunities are provided for educating others to the realities of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Therefore, we have given informational seminars and workshops focusing on raising awareness of these issues. These issues include PTSD as well as the trauma and vicarious trauma experienced by after-care givers. During 2018, these services were provided to many people including social workers, social service providers, church members and pastors, business leaders, the general public and volunteers, and professionals involved with sexually exploited/trafficked youth, women and their children.
Prevention, Intervention & Outreach
Our desire is that young women would not be sexually exploited to begin with, and therefore, as stated above, one-on-one conversations, educational talks in groups, and printed information was distributed within at-risk populations in Bulgaria. Through intervention, counseling, and street outreach youth and women were challenged to understand that sexual exploitation is not a good thing, and that it is possible for the lives of those caught in this lifestyle to be transformed.
Recovery & Reintegration through The Rose Garden Program
The Rose Garden Program has adopted the SA Program Model, and has proven, as stated by the SA Foundation, “When fully implemented, over a 3-year program period, the SA program model generates a steady success rate of over 70%.” The Rose Garden Program had a success rate of 100% in 2018. Success in The Rose Garden Program is defined as program participants who:
- Escape and stay away from all sexual exploitation and are no longer engaging in
- Remain drug & alcohol free
- Live crime-free lifestyles
- Maintain school and/or employment
- Live independently and pay personal bills in a timely manner
- Are emotionally stable to the point that emotional issues no longer interfere with day to day living
- When applicable, parent adequately