Mrs. Penka Petkova is the president of the Commission of Social Activities, Education and Healthcare of the Local Parliament, and president of the Clkub of Pensioners No 2 in Slivo Pole, Bulgaria
Mrs. Pavlinka Marinova is the president of the Club of Pensioners No 2 in Borisovo, Bulgaria
Who was the baking group?
There were 2 groups of 27 women which included the president of the Union of Pensioners of the Slivo Pole Municipality, the presidents and members of 11 Clubs of Pensioners, and the secretary of the Community Center “N. Y. Vaptsarov – 1927”, Babovo.
Where did the baking action take place?
the house of Mrs. Veska Uzunova – president of the Union of Pensioners of the Slivo Pole Municipality
How many sparrows were baked?
Can you tell us about the baking action?
For the baking action “Bread sharing is caring” and sharing homemade “Danube sparrows” as a symbol of common European values and the necessity of joint activities for preserving peace in Europe, a working plan was developed by the presidents of all 20 clubs of pensioners of the Slivo Pole Municipality.
According to this plan, the international event GIVE А HAND OF FRIENDSHIP TO NATIONS ALONG THE DANUBE: CULTURAL TREASURES OF EUROPE – BULGARIA – GERMANY – ROMANIA was organized by the Union of Pensioners of Slivo Pole Municipality, in cooperation with the Institute for Virtual and Face-to-face Learning in Adult Education at Ulm University (ILEU) e.V., Ulm, Germany, the Danube Networkers for Europe (DANET) e.V., Germany, the Center for Third Age Education at the University of Ruse, Bulgaria, the NGO “Nothing is impossible – 3N”, Silistra, Bulgaria, Union of Writers, Giurgiu, and the Union of Pensioners, Calarasi, Romania.
The organizing committee prepared special Letters of Invitation and delivered them to more than 100 persons. The event team purchased gift wrappings, ribbons with the flag of the EU, paper flags of the EU, and paper flags of the European countries to wrap the baked sparrows. The Municipality transported women from Slivo Pole, Brashlen, Babovo, Borisovo, Yudelnik, Ryahovo, and Golyamo Vranovo to the venue of the baking action in Chereshovo.
The preparing and baking of Danube sparrows was planned and done by two groups of pensioners (15 and 14 persons each) in two days (10 and 12 November) because of the large number of sparrows needed for the invited guests.
Each of these two groups had a discussion on the goals and the expected results of the baking action, details of the preparing of the sparrows, and the different stages of that process. Every member of the groups had to go through all the stages.
A scenario of sharing the Danube sparrows was developed. It included:
- Opening ceremony (Mrs. Veska Uzunova, President of the Union of Pensioners, Slivo Pole Municipality; 2 folklore songs as a welcome performance by the choir of the Club of Pensioners in Brashlen)
- Presenting the guests by Mrs. V. Uzunova. Brief presentation of the project Bread Connects that involved many pensioners from the Municipality. Congratulation to Mr. Valentin Atanasov, the Mayor of the Slivo Pole Municipality, for his successful second term election.
- Congratulatory address to the pensioners and wishes for new successful projects by the Mayor of the Municipality.
- Presentation of the new bread action “Bread sharing is caring” and starting a new project of ILEU, Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg Staatsministerium, Germany, by Mrs. Carmen Stadelhofer, President of ILEU and DANET.
- Sharing Danube sparrows with the guests, representatives of different organizations such as the Municipality, Local Government, mayor offices, production and agricultural companies, schools and kindergartens, centers and organizations from different Danube countries with the words “I give you my hand for friendship” by members of the clubs of pensioners. Every pensioner had to briefly present themselves, the organization they belonged to and their main area of interests as the grounds for future cooperation.
- A background slideshow demonstrating the preparing of the Danube Sparrows presented on a monitor.
- Visiting the exhibition and tasting some of the 23 bread products prepared by the club of pensioners.
- Closing the Cross-Border Meeting with wishes to the guests to share their experience during the baking action “Bread sharing is caring” and sharing homemade “Danube sparrows” with their workers, colleagues, and families.
Тhe baking action results are: becoming aware of the common values of the European countries and the need for joint activities; sharing the main problems of the pensioners’ clubs with the representative of he local parliament; team building involving all the presidents and the active members of the pensioners’ clubs; preserving the ethnic peace in the municipality; dissemination of information about the results of the Bread Connects project; introducing the idea of the action and getting members of companies, educational organizations and specialized centres of the municipality in Bulgaria and from other countries involved in the activities of the pensioners and in planning joint activities and various forms of care aimed at improving the life of the elderly.
As continuation of this international event, Mrs. Stadelhofer gave three sparrows from the event in Slivo Pole to international groups from France, Italy and Serbia inviting them to join this initiative.
For whom did you bake?
More than 100 guests were invited to take part in the Cross-Border Meeting. Special Letters of Invitation were prepared for them and were delivered by Mrs. V. Uzunova.
The guests were from Bulgaria, Germany, Romania and Poland. Event attendees included the Mayor of the Slivo Pole Municipality, the President of the Committee of Social Activities, Education and Healthcare of the Local Parliament (1 participant), the President and representatives of ILEU and DANET, Germany (4 participants), NGO’s in Romania (1 participant), the President of a company from Poland (1 participant), NGO’s in Silistra, Bulgaria (3 participants); members of the Local Government (3 participants), mayors of towns and villages of the Municipality (9 participants), presidents of production and agricultural companies (18 participants), directors of schools and kindergartens (3 participants), centers of rehabilitation and centres of social protection (3 participants), owners of shops (2 participants), clubs of pensioners (44 participants) in the Municipality, in Marten (2 participants) and the University of Ruse (1 participant), etc.
Why did you select this recipient group? What are the reasons?
The reasons were:
to make people aware of the common values of the European countries and the need for joint activities;
to preserve the ethnic peace in the municipality; to disseminate information about the results of the Bread Connects project;
to introduce the idea of sharing and caring and get members of companies, educational organizations and specialized centres of the Municipality in Bulgaria and from other countries involved in the activities of the pensioners;
to encourage policy makers and other interested parties to plan joint activities and various forms of care aimed at improving the life of the elderly.
What emotions did baking and sharing trigger in you and the recipients?
For the organizers: It was nice that so many people got interested in the activities of the pensioners and that so many pensioners took part in the organization of the event. The Baking action encouraged many people to participate in the new projects of ILEU and DANET. The event participants planned joint activities between companies, schools, various centres and pensioners’clubs.
For the quests: They found it interesting and unexpected that the municipality pensioners perform so many activities. The guests expressed their readiness to plan and take part in future joint activities as for example a theatre performance in two languages, life stories for the children and some other undertakings.
The media were interested in the origin of the idea about sharing baked sparrows since there are sparrow stories in Bulgaria as well. Mrs. Stadelhofer was interviewed with regard to future projects, activities and conditions for participation.