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The Executive Director of For Our Children Foundation Ivanka Shalapatova and the diplomatic partner of Evening of Virtues H.E. Stavros Avgoustides handed a valuable rosary to Atanas Furnadzhiev – managing director of Moto Pfohe

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The Executive Director of For Our Children Foundation Ivanka Shalapatova and H.E. Mr. Stavros Avgoustides Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Bulgaria and diplomatic partner of the Evening of the Virtues 2017 presented to the Managing Director of Moto Pfohe Mr. Atanas Furnadjiev the silver rosary given to Mr. Avgoustides by Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. Mr. Furnadjiev was the highest bidder for the specific valuable object at the charity auction of the eighth edition of the Evening of Virtues held  on October 23rd and gathered over 400 representatives of the socially responsible business Mr. Furnadjiev and Moto Pfohe has once again demonstrated their support for the organization’s charity work and its mission to give a strong start for the lives of thousands of children at risk.   Mr. Furnadjiev himself donated an object that provoked strong interest among the guests of the organization’s biggest charity event – a t-shirt of French football national player Anthony Martial.   With the donations that amount to over 160 000 leva, For Our Children Foundation will implement the “I Play and Dream” program, which will encourage the development of 720 children living in institutions or in a risk family environment and will strengthen their relationship with the adults who take care of them.   H.E. Stavros Avgoustides, Mr. Furnadjiev and Mrs. Shalapatova used the opportunity to discuss their plans for the future.   We are grateful for the support of H.E Stavros Avgoustides and Mr. Furnadjiev, who are part of the community of like-minded people who support our vision and without whom we could not fulfill our mission for development and happy childhood for the most vulnerable children in…

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For yet another year “For Our Children” foundation project was selected to participate in Raiffeisenbank’s charity campaign “Choose to Help”

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This year, “For Our Children” foundation applied with a  project named “Give a happy childhood to children with difficulties in development”. Six children with physical disabilities and / or development difficulties will be supported by the project implementation, will be provided with the opportunity to work with different specialists and will participate in  innovative therapies.   Thanks to the initiative, last year we managed to raise over  10,000 leva for the project “A dream for a family in the Children’s house”. With the help of our team, we have helped our colleagues from the Center for Temporary Placement of Family Type (CTPFT) “Children’s house” to preserve the high quality of care, which guarantees the children’s development and the adequate meeting of their needs. The cause was among the 22 successful projects that supported the eighth edition of Raiffeisenbank’s charity initiative.   “Choose to help” campaign will last until December 20, as donations to “For Our Children” foundation’s campaign can be done in several ways: Customers of Raiffeisenbank Internet Banking can make donations via a link from the Raiffeisen Online website directly to the foundation’s account:   Recipient / Holder: FOR OUR CHILDREN foundation IBAN: BG32RZBB91551060533767 BIC: RZBBBGSF Bank: Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria Reason for payment: Choose to help Through the online payment platform pay.dir.bg Via SMS with text DMS DETSTVO at 17 777 for all mobile operators   The donation campaign started in 2009 and over this period of time has supported over 210 projects with over 2.4 million leva.   “For Our Children” foundation has been directing its efforts to provide support to the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria and the right to a family for every child for 25 years. Thanks to its long experience and continuous service development, the organization not only provides an alternative form of care for children abandoned by their parents, but also develops preventive services. Given the large number of children with disabilities and / or development difficulties in recent years, the foundation’s staff is working both to find foster families to take care of disabled children and to support families with children with disability and / or development…

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How our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” helped a young mother to overcome the difficulties and fears

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Two months ago, Valentina and Simeon came to the Community Support Center “St.Sofia”. Young couple, just recently married. They truly loved each other. It did not seem to have problems. But it turned out they did.   Soon after the birth of their first child, Rosen, the problems began. Valentina had a difficult birth – she had to give birth with a cesarean, during which she suffered a panic attack. This left a lasting impression on the young mother’s psyche and months after the birth of her child she still feels unhappy. After meeting a psychologist and undergoing a therapy, Valentina managed to feel happy again and finally started enjoying her little treasure.   But the joy of the young mother did not last for long. The family has financial difficulties because of  expensive medicine Valentina has to take and the things needed for little Rosen – a crib, trolley, clothes and diapers. This made the woman stop paying her health insurance at the worst possible moment – when she realized she was pregnant for the second time.   Valentina asked for our help in this difficult  for her family moment. We had been with her throughout her pregnancy. We took her regularly on examinations that helped track her pregnancy. Experts from a specialized hospital took care of her constantly to make sure her pregnancy was normal, without complications.   Still, the fear of a recurrent attack did not leave Valentina, and it was her constant companion. She felt restless and uncertain in her parenting abilities. She did not believe she would be able to provide the best that her child needs. That’s what brought the young mother to us – her desire for her child to get the best care. We helped with the care of the little Rosen, who is a big mischief and did not listen to mom and dad. We gave her tips on how to take care of him and educate him properly. We kindly supported the family by buying diapers, clothes, and purees for the baby. With the money saved, the family managed to pay Valentina’s health insurance.   Just a few days ago, the expected day for Valentina came –  their second child, Denitsa, was born. The two are already at home with daddy and her baby brother, who are eager to get acquainted with the newest member of their family.   And we, from CSC,  keep working with the young family so that the two parents can enjoy their two children peacefully and give them all the love they need so that Rosen and Denitsa have a happy and carefree childhood….

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CSC “St. Sofia” convinced a mother to take her abandoned child back

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We met Antonia after we were informed by the maternity ward that she left her baby right after birth and had run away from the hospital. Our specialists at the Community Support Center  “St. Sofia”visited the mother in her home to talk about what made her to take this hard decision.   While we were talking, her other children stood around her smiling. They looked happy and healthy. However, Antonia was not confident in herself; she thought she would not be able to give her newborn all the love and care it needed. She told us sadly that she could not deal with another child.  We advised her to think more thoroughly and not make hasty decisions.   A few weeks later, Antonia reached us herself. She told us that she and her partner did not stop thinking about their little girl and they were wondering what to do. They finally realized that the love for the newborn was stronger than fear and hesitation. So they decided to do their best to bring the baby back, which is currently in a family-type accommodation center. Parents did not know what was going on, and they were very worried that they would not be able to take their child back.   We helped the mother and accompanied her to all the institutions to get the necessary papers. We also took her to the CSTN to see her child. When she saw the little sweetheart, Antonia started crying and  kept hugging and speaking  softly to her.   We’ve done our best to help the family get back the baby. We talked to our colleagues from different institutions and together we made the decision to return the child to her parents. A case was set up to arrange the final moving of the baby back home. And we, from CSC “St. Sofia”, will continue to help Antonia’s big  but happy family so that they can always be together….

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Mira’s revived beauty

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Mira is beautiful. With big, warm eyes. Long hair. Gentle. Charming. Good student, athlete, sister, daughter.   Mira is really hurt. Her own nightmares have been chasing her. Day and night. She feels fear. Sadness. Even shame and guilt. For something for which she is not to blame for. For the evil of others.   In a warm evening in May, Mira goes to the shop when the 70-year-old “neighborhood voyager” does the unthinkable. He comes in her way when there is no one around them. He drives her somewhere. Pulls her hair. Insults her. Undresses her. The other … is clear.   Since then, Mira is not the same 13-year-old girl. Her beauty – as if it is drowsy. Her eyes – still big but sad. Her long hair – heavy and dirty. She is skinny – so skinny as if she  will crash. It is difficult for her to talk even to her closest people, and sometimes the days go without her saying a word. Not even mentioning friends and school.   For Mira’s mother, what happened to her daughter is the most terrible thing. Something changed her happy daughter, the excellent student, the athlete – a shadow in the face of a man. Knowing that she could not cure this wound alone, Ivana reached the Department of Unit Protection, where she was told about our psychologists at the Community Support Center “St. Sofia”.   For a few months now, a psychologist from the CSC has been working with Mira, talking to her about the bad memories, the constant sense of fear that chases her, the nightmares, the shame and the guilt. Mira started sharing with her beloved ones, her friends; instead of hiding behind the terrible trauma, she is more open. She eats, laughs, and one can see in her eyes the same girl she was – the girl before the terrible evening in…

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Only two days left until the biggest charity event of “For Our Children” foundation – The Evening of the Virtues 2017

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There are only two days left until the biggest charity event of “For Our Children” foundation – “The Evening of the Virtues 2017” which will be held on October 23 at Sofia Event Center, Paradise Center at 19.30. Hosts of the magical evening will be the actor Kiril Efremov and the actress Elena Petrova, and world famous Bulgarian artists will also take part in the art show – Mario Hosen, called the “Bulgarian Paganini”, the pop singer Miro, the illusionist Valeri Ivanov – the Joker as well as Kalin Veliov and Funky Miracle group. In the traditional charity auction, hosted by the exceptional Igor Markovski, under the spotlight will be valuable artworks and crafts with special story behind them such as Peter Michev’s painting, a plate with EUROPE’s autographs, a rosary, gifted by  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Anthony Marcial’s t-shirt from the France National Football Team, etc. Our guest will also have the chance to bid for unique experiences such as menu preparation and a dinner with Chef Ivan Manchev in his professional kitchen, pre-Christmas traditional German dinner for 10 in the German ambassador’s residence in Bulgaria, a cooking session with the chef of the British Embassy, in H. P. Emma Hopkins’ residence the theme of which will be traditional Christmas cookies and a lot of other unique experiences. A lot of pleasant surprises are waiting for our guests, friends and…

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