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Violence, misery and corruption in Bulgarian prisons...One of the World’s Toughest Places....  

In one of the harshest places,  Art Angel was changing one of the most ruthless and flawed systems in the World. A huge and cumbersome state, nostalgia for totalitarianism, Putin's influence, bureaucracy, corrupt officials, ties and dependencies in appointments, business dependent on the state... this is Bulgaria today, turning many social institutions into lucrative corruption schemes and human warehouses. 

One example of how and at what cost European funding is spent in Bulgaria.

Hundreds of thousands for the renovation of shacks and this under the uncomprehending eyes of naive European bureaucrats. In the project of Art Angel, for the same price, the construction of a modern art center, a production facility and the creation of a park space is envisaged - the same price for which the refreshment of this shack was made!
The main problem with the Art Angel Project is that it does not fit into any corruption schemes. That several European Embassies, the American Embassy in Bulgaria were invited as transparency partners. A Scandinavian accounting firm was invited, and was partering to audit and advising the project, working with the Scandinavian and German Chambers of Commerce. Art Angel's project had Zero tolerance for the corruption that plagues Bulgaria. 

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Bulgarian prisons have one major problem, they are part of the country's communist legacy in all its manifestations. Communism is the carrier of the lack of personal initiative and responsibility, of bureaucratisation, of corrupt officials, of a total state in which there is no concept of private property and business. While every other institution in Bulgaria has changed more or less over time, Bulgaria is the most corrupt country in Europe. Prisons remain in a previous time, an uncontrolled environment, in a new reality.

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Benefits of Functional Foods enriched with vitamins and supplements for the prevention of diseases and maintaining good health for inmates, depending on their living conditions: Plant food and source foods saturated with useful vegetable fats and vitamins. During 1947 in Japan Япония a series of experiments were carried out concerning the feeding in camps of imprisoned. The diet ranges from saturated animal fat to completely fat-free and carbohydrate-only foods. Various health anomalies have been demonstrated, such as the lack of a vitamin B complex, for example in the production of insulin. According to current research, the role of the missing in the diet of Omega 3 and Omega 6 is significant in psychiatric illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as others. Considering the high level of psychiatric problems in prisoners ( report of the World Healthy Organization for the health of the inmates in Bulgaria is attached at the end), the need for them to be present in the diet of detainees behind bars is critical. Anomalous Manifestations Of Malnutrition In Japanese Prison Camps Author(s): R. G. S. Whitfield Source: The British Medical Journal Benefits of omega-3 supplementation for schoolchildren: review of the current evidence Author(s): Amanda Kirby, Amelia Woodward and Sarah Jackson Source: British Educational Research Journal, Vol. 36, No. 5 (October 2010), Vitamin A and the prevention of Infectious Diseases – Vitamin A is called the anti-inflammatory vitamin, and recent clinical studies have shown that it increases the body’s immunity and resistance to infections. In the context of the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020, the relevance of daily intake of vitamins as a prevention of infectious diseases is extremely relevant. Vitamin A, Immunity, and Infection Author(s): Richard D. Semba Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 19, No. 3 (Sep., 1994), Harmful food, which do not contain benefit substance as a precondition of violence Food in the prison and the need to be reduced the harmful foods: John Stein, Professor of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford University, wrote in a letter in 2012 to the British Medical Journal: Prison meals meet nutritional guidelines, but purchased items- much of it “junk” food- may not.3 We analyzed macronutrient and energy content of food available in a canteen from a representative young offenders institution. The products typically provided high levels of fats, sugars, and energy. Some products were also relatively high in sodium. Products tended to lack vitamins, minerals, and fibre, and if eaten instead of nutritious foods could lead to micronutrient deficiencies. Some items contained trans-fats, which have well established implications for cardiac health. An unrestricted supply of high sugar products may lead to excessive consumption, thereby disrupting metabolic and neurophysiological processes. Proportionately less sugar routed through the non-oxidative glucose metabolic pathway is a predictor of violent impulsive behaviour.4 Excessive daily consumption of confectionary in children may predict criminal violence and convictions in adulthood,5 and increased consumption of sugar sweetened carbonated drinks is associated with violent behavior in adolescents.6 Importantly, reduced consumption of snack-foods is associated with reduced offending and self harm in prison.7 These are important considerations in the context of a prison environment. . HM Prison Service has a duty to ensure the health of its residents. Availability of canteen products may run contrary to this, but the removal of such items may create resistance among prisoners. A slow incremental alteration of available items, alongside promotion of alternative healthier ones, may improve prisoners’ health. Reduce junk food consumption Author(s): Jonathan Tammam, Louise Gillam, Bernard Gesch and John Stein Source: BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol. 345, No. 7880 (27 October 2012), “The prison diet is the cause of Aggression”, is the title of an article published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. But the point of the research of the physiologist Bernard Gesh is to demonstrate that the correct supplements can reduce the violence level in the prisons. The research is among 700 inmates at the age between 16 and 20 years old, at the the harshest institution in the Great Britain “Her Majesty’s Young Offenders Institution Polmont” and prove that the aggressive behavior is a result of bag diet. Diet Causes Violence. The Lab? Prison Author(s): John Bohannon Source: Science, New Series, (Sep. 25,2009) The answer of the Ivar Mysterud ( Behavioral Psychologist at the University of Oslo, Norway) is elementary “Get rid of the Sugar and highly processed foods, improve your diet and give nutritional imbalances to prisoners containing minerals, vitamins and healthy fats.” Diet Causes Violence. The Lab? Prison Author(s): John Bohannon Source: Science, New Series, (Sep. 25,2009) In addition, nutrients protect and support the treatment of the cardiovascular diseased and immunodeficiency related to vision and oral cavity. Based on the fact that the Bulgarian prisons are among the few that already lack dental care and competent health care within the institutions, prevention is of paramount importance. Efficacy of vitamin and antioxidant supplements in prevention of cardiovascular disease:systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials Author(s): Seung-Kwon Myung, Woong Ju, Belong Cho, Seung-Won Oh, Sang Min Park,Bon-Kwon Koo, Byung-Joo Park and Korean Meta-Analysis (KORMA) Study Group Source: BMJ: British Medical Journal Low Vitamin D among HIV-Infected Adults: Prevalence of and Risk Factors for LowVitamin D Levels in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Adults and Comparison to Prevalence amongAdults in the US General Population Author(s): Christine N. Dao, Pragna Patel, E. Turner Overton, Frank Rhame, Sherri L. Pals,Christopher Johnson, Timothy Bush and John T. Brooks Source: Clinical Infectious Diseases Diagnosis and management of vitamin D deficiency Author(s): Simon H S Pearce and Tim D Cheetham Source: BMJ: British Medical Journal, Vol. 340, No. 7738 (16 January 2010), pp. 142-147 Published by: BMJ

 

The Revolution of an Idea- Simply Social Business

Heretical! Simple math. At the price of corruption - expensive bread, expensive coffee, not only the prisons in Bulgaria, but also the society in Bulgaria get a lot and at a cost of 0 from any budget and funding. This project is proof that a society can live without corruption. That business is an extremely potential tool designed to lift people out of poverty. We believe in business and its power!

How to solve many problems- illnesses, misery, lack of freedom of speech, inefficiency, corruption, failed state, failed institutions, failed society….? One Idea, more than a year, more than 100 meetings, more than 400 articles, tv, radio, all institutions, and all we did was 100% financed by us… it is simple, we chase a dream….

We have a Problem, we know the solution, we have the Idea about social business that can give much more…

We will supply what is needed and build the main production inside the prison. We will reinvest 100% of the profit back for good.

Annual Program:

At the price of one daily vitamin

1. Prevention and Care for the Health of the inmates and the staff

Functional food – fruits, nuts, протеинс, good non-animal fats

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics

Social service – which do not relay on government budget, but works

and creates using the most up-to-date world practices.

Functional food, which will provide the daily dose vitamins, minerals, amino acids, minerals and probiotics and added with proteins. 100% of the profit (completely new practice in Bulgaria ), will be used for realization of the social projects in Bulgarian prisons and with the inmates.

Aims:

Art and Functional spaces

a. Art Center in the first year in Pazardzhik prison.

b. providing the space for cultural exchange Ezoligencia Pazardzhik – for work

experience, certificates, center for self-help, space to be used by the syndicate of the

workers in the prison and the Syndicate of the inmates.

c. Build second center Ezoligencia in Sofia with the same functions as the center in

Pazardzhik.

d. Free hostel – center outside Pazardzhik prison with minimum four rooms managed by

the Art Angel Foundation – provided for free to returned into civil live, prisoners who

don’t have where to stay.

e. Help center – that works 24/7 under the Ezoligencia management – helping finding

work, preparing CVs, helping preparing IDs and to help with institutions.

f. Creating Coffee Roaster and Bakery during the first year in the Pazardzhik prison. And

each year to add another prison.

Work experience and diplomas

a. Barista

b. Coffee baker

c. Baker

d. Basic English language

Therapy through Art

a. Creative writing including an experienced writer and philologist

– publishing of the book

– presentation and media promotion of the project

b. Painting

– promoting of the painters in the famous Galleries in Bulgaria

– promoting of the painters in the famous international Galleries

– media promotion of the project

c. Rock school therapy

– publishing of an album of the group gathered behind the bars

– promoting of the album by commercial festivals and awards, media exhibit of the

project

Researches – minimum 3 for the first year, which will be financing by the Art Angel

Foundation, and engagements of minimum one prestigious foreign university (we have

the consent of a lecturer at the University of Oxford, London, creating studies for

corruption and its impact in developing countries)

a. The influence of the healthy food to the inmates for decreasing of their level of stress,

philological health and prevention of infectious diseases.

b. The idea of law among the inmates – different forms of social growth and contributing

to the society.

c. Social enterprise and its possibilities in Bulgaria as an instrument for fight with

corruption and harmful practices, giving a new method for financing of the social services

– Consideration of social business models as a solution at a time of financial stagnation

and reduced funding.