Mustafa’s Journey from Poverty to Top School

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Mustafa Ramadan comes from the Roma neighborhood in the Northeast Bulgarian town of Provadia. He studied in a vocational high school preparing students for manual work in construction, but he had higher hopes for himself: he wished to go to university. However, his family could not afford to pay tuition even at a state institution.

A Trust for Social Achievement program ensured that his wish didn’t remain a distant dream. He received a scholarship to study English and subsequently to enroll at the American University in Bulgaria, where he is currently double-majoring in business administration and journalism.

Mustafa told his story on Bulgarian National Radio. Sarah Perrine and Iskra Stoykova, of the Trust for Social Achievement, joined him and talked about their work in the area of educating Roma children and preventing early marriage among this group.

Listen to the story (in Bulgarian only) HERE.

Supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, the Trust for Social Achievement works with economically disadvantaged groups across Bulgaria. Find out more about its activities HERE.

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