The March 8th campaign of “For Our Children” Foundation raised over 7000 BGN in support of children at risk of separation from their families

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Today is the last day of the March 8th campaign of “For Our Children” Foundation, which is finishing with great success. This year we dedicated the day, on which we honor and thank our mothers, to the children who have no one to thank. “Instead of a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a luxurious box of chocolates for your beloved wife and mother, donate a diaper package,” we called everyone who believes that children have the right to grow up loved and cared for in a family. For them and for all families at risk of separating with their child, the friends of “For Our Children” Foundation managed to raise the amount of BGN 7,106.60, as well as 2,080 baby diapers and 19 boxes of baby formula. We extend our gratitude to Dundee Precious Metals – Chelopech, Anakatech, Kreston BulMar, Porsche Leasing, Studio X, Yan Bibian Kindergarten – Stara Zagora and to many other individual donors, people with big hearts who believe that every child is entitled of happy childhood in a family! With your support, the team of “For Our Children” Foundation will continue to create miracles in the name of the children of Bulgaria! So we can see more children smile….

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The “Care at Early Age” Team of the “For Our Children” Foundation to Support Kangaroo-care for Premature Babies

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The “Care at Early Age” Team of the “For Our Children” Foundation has developed a procedure for implementing kangaroo-care for premature babies. It is applied by the healthcare professionals of the neonatal wards at the University Hospital in Plovdiv and the Specialized Pediatric Hospital “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev “-Sofia. Since 2017 they partner in the implementation of the “Care at Early Age” project, which puts a strong emphasis on the introduction and development of internationally acknowledged practices in the field of developmental care and the integrative approach in neonatal wards. The teams of Dr. Argirova and Assoc. Prof. Georgieva and the families of preterm babies are supported on a daily basis by specialists of the foundation – a psychologist, an “Early Childhood Intervention” expert and a kinesiotherapist. Kangaroo-care (also called skin-to-skin contact) is a leading element in family-oriented care as well as one of the most effective ways the family can be involved in caring for their baby in the neonatal ward. In March, kangaroo-care is the “theme of the month” in the neonatology departments of the two hospitals. The primary objective of the “Care at Early Age” project, funded by the OAK Foundation, is to improve the development and welfare of children at early age (0-7) by introducing an integrated health and social, family-oriented approach to care. Through research and advocacy activities, as well as by piloting socio-health services for direct work with children and families, the project aims to improve the policy and practice regarding the early child development in the health, social and educational systems in our…

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The “For Our Children” Foundation’s mobile team now supports the children, parents and specialists of the Temporary Accommodation Center “St. Dimitar “

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The “For Our Children” Foundation’s mobile team now supports the children, parents and specialists of the Temporary Accommodation Center “St. Dimitar “. This is the sixth site of the multidisciplinary team of specialists in the “Care at the Early Age” project. A psychologist and early childhood specialists will support the children and families at the Center, enabling children to attend various cultural events, participate in celebrations, picnics and other socializing activities to help them develop and realize their potential. The parents will be included in discussion groups and trainings that will support them in caring for their children. The team will also work with the Center’s specialists, for whom they will organize trainings to advance their professional competencies in working with children and parents.   We plan to create a cozy family room where we can work in a group with the children as well as with their parents. We thank Mrs Nadka Andonova, Director of the Temporary Accommodation Center “St. Dimitar, who warmly responded to our invitation for partnership and allowed our specialists to assist in the support of the most vulnerable children and families in the Center.   The “Care at the Early Age” project, carried out by “For Our Children” Foundation, and funded by the OAK Foundation, aims to improve the development and welfare of children at early age (0-7 yrs.) by introducing an integrated health and social, family-oriented approach to care. A mobile multidisciplinary team of specialists works at six sites in Sofia and Plovdiv, supporting children, parents and health professionals. The team provides psychological counseling, rehabilitation and early childhood intervention services, as well as socializing and development activities for children, discussion groups and trainings for parents and health professionals. Through research and advocacy activities, as well as by piloting socio-health services for direct work with children and families, the project aims to improve the policy and practice regarding the early child development in the health, social and educational systems in our country.  …

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“For Our Children” Foundation is the first non-governmental organization in Bulgaria to work with TIMEOFF.GURU

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“For Our Children” Foundation is the first non-governmental organization in Bulgaria to work with TIMEOFF.GURU. The platform helps everyone involved in initiating, approving and processing of holiday requests, thus turning the process from burden into pleasure. Using this platform enables the Foundation team to save time and resources. The process is quick and easy to use by all employees, allowing us to invest even more time and resources in working with children. The “For Our Children” Foundation once again proves that, in addition to being a leader in providing professional social services for children and families from vulnerable groups, it is an employer who follows and applies the latest trends in people and resource management. We cordially thank the IBS team for the overall support and professional attitude towards the mission of the “For Our Children”…

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The strategic goals of the National Strategy for Early Childhood Development to be determined by the end of 2018

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The strategic goals of the National Strategy for Early Childhood Development to be determined by the end of 2018. This is what the participants of today’s conference “Vision for Early Childhood in Bulgaria” were united about. The conference was organized by the “For Our Children” Foundation and was attended by over 150 representatives of national and local authorities, the academic community, international experts, professional and non-governmental organizations.   The conference was held under the auspices of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria Maya Manolova, represented by Mrs. Eva Zhecheva, Director of the Children’s Rights Directorate at the Ombudsman’s Office. She said she was convinced that the combined efforts would motivate the political will for change that would be reflected in the national strategy for early childhood development.   Undoubtedly, early childhood development is the most important investment that allows us to actively shape our future, she said. The results of a large-scale study ” Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria” on the impact of health, social and educational systems on childcare at the earliest age (0-7 years) and their safety were presented at the forum.   Participants in the conference discussed the key recommendations for improvement of the performance of childcare systems, which were articulated during the study. They will be prioritized by the end of March and will serve to define the goals of the early childhood development strategy. The role of early childhood education and care policies in the European Union was presented by Mrs. Nora Milotai, a political analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), working on European social policy issues.   The integrated systems and early childhood development services in Serbia were presented by Prof. Veronika Espanovic – member of the National Council on the Rights of the Child and of the working groups that have developed the National Program for Promoting Early Childhood Development and the National Strategy on Violence against Children in Serbia.   The conference was attended by the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Rositsa Dimitrova, the Deputy Minister of Education Denitsa Sacheva, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare Boyko Penkov, the UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria Maria Hosse Conde and the Ambassadors of Cyprus, Indonesia and Denmark.   For all of us, it is clear that investing in early childhood development is the present and future of Bulgaria, Europe and the entire international community. With our presence here and the support from our partners – the municipalities, the national and international NGOs, we reaffirm our readiness to draw together the concept of early childhood development, as set out in the national strategy, Deputy Minister Dimitrova said.   Investments in early childhood development have a significant impact on the future of children, the present of their parents and the social and economic wellbeing of the whole society, said the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Denitsa Sacheva.   I call on all who are here today to work together to promote and advance early childhood education to create a fairer, free world with equal rights. We need to invest more in child development. And we must start early, said the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Bulgaria H.E. Stavros Avgoustides.   I and my team are encouraged because today we took another step towards creating the first National Strategy for Early Childhood Development, closed the conference Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of “For Our Children”…

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“For Our Children” Foundation organizes a conference “Vision for Early Childhood in Bulgaria”

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On 15th March – Thursday, “For Our Children” Foundation organizes a conference “Vision for Early Childhood in Bulgaria”. The forum is under the auspices of the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mrs. Maya Manolova, and will be held at 9.30 am in the Opal Hall of Hotel Ramada.   The results of a large-scale study “Early Childhood Development in Bulgaria” on the impact of health, social and educational systems on childcare at the earliest age (0-7 years) and their safety will be presented at the forum. The study was carried out by the “For Our Children” Foundation together with the “Child and Space” Association and the Institute for Population and Human Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.   The study explores the interaction and co-operation of the three systems and the extent to which they work together to support child development in early childhood care services /nursery schools, hospitals, kindergartens, social services and others/. The practical implementation of the family-oriented approach in the work of the providers of state-sponsored child care has been explored. Subject of the study was also whether the health, social and educational systems use mechanisms to involve the parents, whether the parents feel supported in caring for their children, and the place of system-parent interaction. The care of children with special needs at an early age is examined, as well as the extent to which the state measures for their inclusion are effective, what needs to be changed in the organization and functioning of the systems so that children can develop and their parents be encouraged and supported to take the best care of their children. Participants in the conference will discuss the study’s key recommendations for improvement of the performance of childcare systems in order to support the ongoing process of developing a national early child development strategy.   The role of the early childhood education and care policies in the European Union will be presented by Mrs. Nora Milotai – political analyst at the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), who works on European social policy issues.   The integrated systems and early childhood development services in Serbia will be presented by Prof. Veronika Espanovic – member of the National Council on the Rights of the Child and of the working groups that have developed the National Program for Promoting Early Childhood Development and the National Strategy on Violence against Children in Serbia.   Among the participants of the conference will be the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Rositsa Dimitrova, the Deputy Minister of Education Denitsa Sacheva, the Deputy Minister of Healthcare Boyko Penkov, the UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria Maria Jesus Conde, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus H. E. Stavros Avgoustides, the Ambassador of Great Britain H. E. Emma Hopkins, the Ambassador Israel H. E. Irit Lillian, the Ambassador of Denmark H. E. Soren Jakobsen, the Ambassador of Indonesia H. E. Sri Astari Rasjid.   More than 150 representatives of national and local authorities, the academic community, international experts, professional and non-governmental organizations and personalities engaged in the topic of early childhood development and its importance in achieving a stable and prosperous society will take part in the discussions.   “For Our Children” Foundation advocates adopting a national strategy for early childhood development. Since April 2016, the Foundation has been implementing the Early Childhood Care project funded by the OAK Foundation, whose primary goal is to improve the development and well-being of early childhood (0-7) by introducing an integrated health-social approach to caring for them. The aim is to support, through research and advocacy activities as well as direct field work, the improvement of policy and practice on early child development in health, social and educational systems….

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Kaufland Bulgaria donated basic baby necessities in support of “For Our Children” Foundation

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At the end of last month, “For Our Children” Foundation received a wonderful surprise from the large family of Kaufland Bulgaria, which donated baby formula and porridge, baby nappies and wet wipes, laundry and cleaning detergents, suitable for babies – essential products in the care of a child during the first months of his life. The team of Kaufland joined with enthusiasm in delivering the gift – the human resources team members were divided into three teams and competed for speed and dexterity in packing the products.   We are happy to be part of the valuable efforts of the “For Our Children” Foundation to support the youngest. For us as a team, it is a pleasure to share and contribute to this cause, representatives of the company said. The generous donation will support our teams from the Foster Care Center, the Community Support Center “St. Sofia,  the Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” and our “Children’s House” in their responsible daily task – to work so that every child in Bulgaria grows and develops in a secure family environment.   We thank the team of Kaufland Bulgaria, who has supported us in our mission to help struggling children and families. For the 25 years since its establishment in 1992, “For Our Children” Foundation has supported over 11,000 children and families at risk. These achievements would not have been possible without our sustainable partnership with the Child Protection Departments, the healthcare facilities in Sofia and Plovdiv, and without the regular support of our individual and corporate donors. The team of “For Our Children” Foundation believes that partnerships between companies and their employees and the non-governmental sector is an opportunity for society to develop, to become more sensitive about socially significant problems, and to seek adequate solutions where the state is not able to offer…

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Five with a prize for contribution to the development of the social work of “For Our Children” Foundation

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In the warm and cozy atmosphere of the family type placement center “Children’s House” of the “For Our Children” Foundation, the Executive Director of the organization Ivanka Shalapatova handed a specially crafted Peter Pan statuette and a certificate for outstanding contribution to the development of the social work of the organization to five of the most devoted supporters.   Thank you all, because you did a lot to help build up the Foundation, for it to achieve everything we have been striving for together, and to dream. We invited you here to the “Children’s House”, which gave a chance for a better life to over 40 children and we are proud of this. Today is the day we want to thank you for being with us all the time, supporting us in our mission to make sure that every child in Bulgaria lives and develops in a family, said Mrs. Shalapatova.   The prizes went to:   Elka Nalbantova, Program Director of the National Network for Children and former director of “For Our Children” Foundation – for her long dedication to the cause of the “For Our Children” Foundation and her contribution to saving of thousands of children. I can boldly say that the Foundation has a very well-structured operation that  should be supported, Mrs. Nalbantova said.   Victoria Tahova, Deputy Director of the Social Assistance Agency – for establishing a constructive partnership between the Child Protection Department and the NGO. Thank you for being our friends, my greatest wish is that the innovative model implemented by the Foundation will become a model for work across the country. We need you, the state cannot cope without organizations like yours, said Mrs. Tahova.   Dr. Diana Yancheva, Director of the former Home for Medical and Social Care “St. Sofia “- for her courage to partner with a non-governmental organization and open the doors of the home so that the team of “For Our Children” Foundation can work with the children there and give them a chance for a better future. Dr. Yancheva was the first director to know that together we can make the change happen, Mrs. Shalapatova said.   Iskar Iskrov, Vanya Alexandrova and Vassil Alexandrov – for the biggest investment in the causes and initiatives of the Foundation. Thanks to such sustainable partnerships over the 25 years since its establishment, the “For Our Children” Foundation has supported over 11,000 children and families.    …

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“For Our Children” Foundation launches a campaign for March 8 to support children deprived of maternal affection

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“For Our Children” Foundation launched a charity campaign to support children deprived of maternal affection. Every day in Bulgaria at least two children are separated from their parents, with 90% of them being babies under 1 year of age. For thousands of Bulgarian children, March 8 – the International Women’s Day is a day of the year without special meaning because they grow without the love and warmth of a family.   This year, “For Our Children Foundation” will dedicate the day when we honor and thank our mothers to the children who have no one to thank.   We turn to you – the people who believe that every child has the right to grow up in a family – happy, loved, and cared for. Each of us can help bring this dream to life so that we can see more smiling children.   Instead of a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a luxurious box of chocolates, for your beloved wife or mother, donate a diaper package, or the amount you have chosen for the gift, to support children without a family.   We will use the funds to buy baby cosmetics, formulated milk, diapers and other supplies necessary for the newborn during the first months of its life.   You can support the most vulnerable children by bringing diapers to one of  “For Our Children” Foundation’s Centers or donating your chosen amount online via our website www.detebg.org or by bank transfer – IBAN: BG 32 RZBB 9155 1060 5337 67.   You can find us at: Community Support Centre “St. Sofia” – Sofia, 21 Giueshevo Street, Family-type placement Centre “Children’s house” – Sofia, 2 Ohridsko ezero Str. Community Support Centre “For Children and Parents” – Plovdiv, 21 Maritsa Blvd., Central office in Sofia, 64 “Hristofor Columb” Blvd., Sofia Airport Center (Logistic Center), Building B 2, floor 2.   The campaign will continue until March 11, inclusive. The collected material donations and funds will be announced on the Foundation’s website and Facebook on March…

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