In 2019, once again, Bulgaria commemorates November as the Refugee Month, to recognize the courage of these individuals escaping persecution, conflict, and desperate poverty, some of whom look for a chance to rebuild their lives in our community.

By tradition, Sofia Development Association is a partner of the initiative Refugee Month. On November 14th, 2019, we hosted in SofiaLab a second INTEGRA day - a series of community celebration events. “Community Drum Circle” was organized by Creators Association in partnership with SDA and with the support of IOM. Over 50 people from various nationalities took turns to play drums and percussion in a circle, creating a sense of rhythm and harmony that transcends language and takes participants to another level of understanding.

This international get-together day also served to close our INTEGRA awareness raising and advocacy public campaign, and to evaluate its strengths and achievements, positive outcomes and unintended consequences. A number of campaign achievements were volunteered including new and interesting free resources developed, new partnerships established and broadening the pool of Sofia stakeholders, new campaign avenues like the screens in public transport vehicles. The most significant unintended consequence is the fact that the campaign completion coincided with the inauguration of the newly elected Sofia Municipal Council on November 3rd, thus providing a great opportunity to present all policy proposals timely to the new local government.