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Choose to Help, Raiffeisenbank’s donation campaign, raised BGN 6722 in support of The Apostle in Children’s Eyes, a project of Vasil Levski museum in Karlovo. The amount was raised by personal donations of Raiffeisen Group’s employees and the bank which added BGN 100 to each donation made by an employee.
On 17 September the chairman of the Municipal Council of Karlovo, Stoyko Karagenski, and the regional manager for the South Central region of Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD, Lozan Rankov unveiled the Museum and Education Centre for Children, built with the campaign’s donations.
The centre will stimulate the interest of the youngest visitors in the personality of Vasil Levski by implementing different programmes and activities. A workshop devoted to the Bulgarian National Revival provides kids with an opportunity to get acquainted with the Apostle through various games and competitive modules designed especially for children with special educational needs.
A portion of the funds was used for the publication of The Apostle’s Lessons and Levski in the Children’s Eyes books. Both editions gather the best literary works for children from different authors and genres, all dedicated to the Apostle of Freedom.
During the event, the children created a poster of Vasil Levski with the help of specially designed stamps; they drew pictures and put together puzzles, which were also suitable for children with special educational needs.
The new centre facilitates the learning process and improves the work environment for the Museum’s specialists in their work with children. At the same time the publication of the books addresses the serious deficit of children’s literature dedicated to Levski.
The museum has a rich archive of materials, a unique setting and carries out various activities for children and students: competitions, quizzes, creative programmes. Vasil Levski Foundation is a partner in the realization of the project.
In the past 6 years the Choose to Help campaign has supported 166 projects and the total of donations – of the bank, employees and external donors exceeding BGN 2 million. This year’s initiative will commence in early November.