Photos by Jay Heiser

The orphans of Tran Bulgaria

In April 2007, Young Life, a Christ-centered youth organization, brought 185 high school students to Bulgaria to perform service projects for local orphanages. I accompanied a group who were assigned to an orphange called Tran (or Trun). The second day we were there, a Bulgarian television news program aired a program about Tran, characterising it as 'the worst orphange in Bulgaria.' Although reasonably well fed, the kids in Tran have very little to look forward to in life. They receive amazingly poor treatment, and live in appalling conditions. Although a great deal of money has been donated to these institutions by European and American charities, little or none seems to have reached these kids.


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