Kunka Velikova and Nina Dimova from Things with Soul create educational games and materials to help children learn easily while they play. With these materials, kids can learn various skills such as fine motor skills, coordination, speech, imagination. They help them learn the letters, the numbers, interesting facts about nature and the world. The materials have been adapted to the educational system and can be used by all children to train what they have learnt in class. However, they are particularly useful for children with special educational needs, who find it hard to learn solely based on the textbooks and paper handbooks. All materials have been developed in partnership with experts and have been handcrafted with love by disabled people.
Things with Soul were selected among 136 applicants in the sixth edition of the competition following eight selection stages. In the online voting stage, which preceded the last stage and took place in the period Jan 14-Feb 3, the audience had the chance to support their favourite candidate among the five finalists – Parent Academy, Peacekeepers Academy, Things with Soul, The Poppals, and Tinusaur. A total of 28,401 people voted, ranking Things with Soul, The Poppals, and Parent Academy as the three finalists. On Feb 13, they were evaluated by a grown-up and kids jury, who made the final decision naming Things with SWoul as the big winner in PROMYANATA (Game Changers) 2019/2020.
Things with Soul will receive a grant of BGN 30,000, while Tinusaur and the Parent Academy will receive BGN 15,000 each. Apart from the financial support, all five finalists will join PROMYANATA’s Incubator for a period of one to five years. They will also benefit from trainings, business mentor consultancy, access to Reach for Change’s international network of social entrepreneurs, and media support thanks to Nova Broadcasting Group.