ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP provided special kitchen equipment for the Sofia center of the Little People of Bulgaria National Organization. The value of the extended aid is BGN 6,550 and will be of key importance for the comfort of the people staying at the centre for treatment or training.
The kitchen has a special design that is tailored to the height and mobility of the users. The furniture design, all electrical appliances and the washing machine follow certain standards so that they have quick, easy and convenient access to them.
“The project is very important to us because it is about making a custom- designed kitchen that you cannot buy from the store. It will serve all little people who visit and stay in our center. The center is of national importance because it welcomes people from all over Bulgaria. When they are here, they receive support, service, they will be able to prepare their own food, and the costs while they stay in Sofia will be significantly smaller. This assistance is extremely important to us. The center is visited annually by 30-40 people, but they come much more often than once and it is important that they have all the conditions for comfort. Now, we are organizing an art studio and we are expecting visitors very soon, ” said Svetoslav Chernev, Chairman of the Little People of Bulgaria National Organization.
The value of the aid amounts to BGN 6 550 and is part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program
The center is the only one of its kind in Eastern Europe and on the Balkan Peninsula, the third one following Bremen – Germany and Gijon – Spain. It offers a range of social services for the little people and their loved ones. The center provides social services, psychological support, rehabilitation, referrals to medical professionals, material support, second-hand items shop, information on adaptation in a residential and work environment, and how the little people can become drivers. The center also has a specialized library.
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 CSR Profile
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 ranks among the largest employers and the most generous donators in the Stara Zagora and Galabovo region, where its thermal power plant is located. In recent years, the company has allocated over 4 million BGN for projects for the benefit of the public. The bulk of the funds are channeled to help local communities. In 2018, the company won the prestigious Business Social Responsibility Award, given by the Bulgarian Donator’s Forum for the biggest share of non-financial donations.
ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 owns and operates the first lignite coal-fired thermal power plant in Southeastern Europe, which operates in full compliance with the highest European standards of occupational safety and environmental protection. The TPP generates 10% of the electricity in Bulgaria, using local energy sources and thus contributes to guaranteeing the country’s energy security and independence. Over BGN 1.4 billion has been invested in ensuring the reliable operation of the TPP and in environmental protection measures. The shareholders are the international energy company ContourGlobal (73%) and the National Electricity Company (27%).