We created the workshop "Hug me" to give a chance to the abandoned children, to show them what the life they were denied could be. The workshop is a cosy and beautiful place these children like visiting. They meet there with friends – painters, actors, writers, journalists – and together draw, read, make illustrations of fairy tales, make dolls from rugs and angels from silk. The workshop is the place they get the confidence that they can do things. They are taught to believe they have a future.
The children, their dreams and achievements, this is our inspiration, meaning and support. Most of them come to us feeling unloved, abandoned, unliked, they grow up expecting that the world is a bad place, that life is “dirty business”, and that they are alone. This is why most of them want to be strong, fearful and bad. And we teach them other things, that a human being is not alone, that the good and the beautiful is stronger than the evil. Our biggest joy comes from the achievements of four of “our children”: Niki, who studies painting in the National Academy of Visual Arts; Zdravka, who graduated to be an actress as a valedictorian; Anio, who studies visual arts, and Lia, a student at the National School of Applied Arts.