#WATWB: The 100-year old Living Saint

30 Jul

Every end month, members of the ‘We Are The World Blogfest’ post uplifting and inspiring stories from news sites.

For my second #WATWB post, I’ve chosen to once again share the story of grandpa Dobri, which has a special place in my heart and is in fact one of the initial posts I did when I created this blog.

Grandpa Dobri is a 100-year-old beggar who is already celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria; a country ravaged by poverty and corruption. For over 20 years, Dobri Dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth lots of money. You would expect him to use the money to better his life, but that’s not what he does. The old begger gives all proceeds from his begging to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, making him the church’s largest private donor. 

Besides donating his collections to the church, Grandpa Dobri also shares food items given to him with other believers. According to a bishop from the church, Dobri gave them $24,900 in 2009 while he continued living a life deprivation. This is a considerably huge amount of money that can change a man’s life given the high poverty level  in Bulgaria; the poorest, if not one of the poorest, members of the EU. The bishop notes that the old man also donates to snaller churches around the area.

His selflessness and generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed despite his meekness and refusal to grant interviews to the media. He is is locally known as “The Living Saint from Baylovo” and graffiti artists painted a mural of him holding a candle on a 10-storey building in a Sofia neighbourhood. 

Grandpa Dobri Mural. Photo courtesy

Dobri is indeed an inspiration that any one can do good to others in society irrespective of financial standing. You can read the story in it’s entirety here.

For guidelines and how to join the #WATWB community click here

For further info, get in touch with this month’s cohosts Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanIndepreet UppalSylvia Stein and Damyanti Biswas.


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6 responses to “#WATWB: The 100-year old Living Saint

  1. Damyanti Biswas

    July 31, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing this lovely post, Edwin. It is so true– there is no need to be rich in order to give, charity lies in the heart.

    Liked by 1 person

    • eduzmi

      July 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Indeed, grandpa Dobri’s selfless acts made me seriously question my beliefs on philanthropy.


  2. hilarymb

    August 1, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hi Edwin – what an amazing story … sounds sort of almost unbelievable – but so generous and thoughtful … and which must have helped so many out of their immediate troubles … crumbs – it does make one think – as you say … it does make one think. Thanks so much for letting us know about Grandpa Dobri … wonderful – cheers Hilary

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    • eduzmi

      August 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Thanks Hillary, grandpa Dobri is testament that we are all capable of being saintly…if we choose to.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. simonfalk28

    August 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    A truly generous man who undestands what living out works of mercy means in everyday life. Thanks for posting and joining us Simon’s Still Stanza #WATWB



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