The state of emergency was extended until the end of June, but many of the restrictions have been lifted, and there are now no limitations to movement. Cultural and entertainment events are now allowed, but under certain conditions, including social distancing. The same applies to community centres, children's complexes, cultural centres, youth centres and school halls. As of July, all extracurricular activities organised by legal entities, such as after school and Elder Clubs are now allowed under certain conditions, including social distancing. So far, all universities and schools remain closed.
Family to Family and afterschool activities, Soup Kitchens, Street Mercy, Elder Care, and Senior Care projects and programs are carried out according to the updated legal requirements. F2F activities follow their regular schedule and our Coordinators deliver families’ parcels to their homes. All our Soup Kitchens function and continue to show care, at the same time providing our beneficiaries with warm meals prepared by outside catering companies. As indoor gatherings are permitted officially, all coordinators started their regular Bible gatherings in their church premises, observing the limits on occupancy. The Elder Care coordinator is in constant communication by phone or internet with those responsible for all clubs for the disabled. After the easing of most of the anti-pandemic measures, these clubs restarted their activities with gatherings observing the limits of occupancy. Through the resumed Bible gatherings MWB continues to share the Gospel along with encouragement, comfort and any other help needed. Regardless of the easing of the anti-pandemic measures, our F2F coordinators still do not enter our beneficiaries’ homes. We deliver to the door step monthly food and hygiene parcels for the families, and distribute packed food in like manner to our soup kitchens. The Street Mercy project is still in operation, but with the necessary distancing between the beneficiaries. All of our projects have suitable premises for indoor Christian Input gatherings.
Through our Street Mercy project, we continue to support the homeless in Sofia with a meal every day, of course, adhering to strict safety regulations. Senior Care coordinators and volunteers with masks provide food and hygiene parcels and explain very carefully to the people the vital importance of staying at home as they are the most susceptible to any virus attack. It is very encouraging for the lonely beneficiaries to be assured that they are not forgotten.
Although anti-epidemic measures are easing, the situation in the summer will be uncertain. In this regard, our team decided not to hold the Summer Camps in the usual format, but to rather replace them with one-day camps. In this way we will be able to reach many more children, i.e. all the children from our many different projects. We are also planning to train volunteers who will supervise the one-day camps. The Day-camps will be held in suitable premises e.g. partnering churches, community centres and public halls. There will be offered praise songs, Bible lessons, crafts, movies, etc. Games will take place outdoors. Lunch, snacks, and refreshments will be provided during the camps.