Bulgarian-British Foundation "St. George
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Building life in a new culture brings about a variety of challenges for immigrants. Like many other recent immigrants, Bulgarians face language and cultural adjustment challenges and struggle with the dilemma of total assimilation and preservation of their own cultural heritage which is too often the root cause of tensions between family and or other community members. Bulgarian children and particularly those who are second generation Immigrants face additional challenges due to the absence of or presence of fragmented memories about Bulgarian culture. Identity confusion and a disconnection from Bulgarian cultural heritage present risks for the development of these children. We address these challenges by creating opportunities for generations of Bulgarian immigrants and their families to socialize and reconnect with their cultural heritage. The gatherings also help younger members of the Bulgarian community to fill the gaps that may already exist in their memories of Bulgarian language, culture and tradition. The encouragement of stable identity facilitates the integration in the UK society and culture. We organise and govern a Sunday school where young children learn Bulgarian language and history. We have a mobile library with collection of books in Bulgarian language to help them learn about Bulgarian literature. We run Bulgarian Folk dance classes for children and adults in a number of different places throughout South West of England.