For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian non-government organization which has been supporting the vulnerable children and their families since 1992. For Our Children is an inheritor of the British human rights organizations European Children’s Trust, Christian Children’s Fund and Every Child. With its international experience and qualified expertise, the organization applies for the first time at national level the support for parents for prevention of children abandonment, foster care and creates the first municipal teams of social workers for child protection. For 25 years now, For Our Children Foundation has been a standard for qualified social work, works for its integration in the state policy for child protection and for the increase of the system’s capacity.
How we help
Every year, more than 1000 children are abandoned by their parents, most of them at the maternity ward. Their childhood starts in a social institution or separated from their parents and are brought up by strangers.
The active social work, psychological support and mobilization of different specialists around a child are the main factors, which help for coping with the situation of vulnerability and the hardship in the life of a family.
How you can help
For more than 20 years “For Our Children” Foundation has met a reliable and responsible partner in the face of the business sector. A sector with which we realize project for corporate social responsibility, we create new social innovations, we support the most vulnerable children and families and we make children’s dreams come true.
Everybody from “For Our Children” Foundation believes that small acts multiplied by millions of people can change the world. Our individual donors are people who every year change the world for hundreds of children by donating once or regularly with material donations or volunteering.
Our team in action
Events and campaigns
Фондация „За Нашите Деца“ и фирма „Компас“ организираха весел празник по случай Международния ден на детето. В часовете между 16:00 и 20:00 часа десетки малчугани и техните родители празнуваха на Лятната сцена в Борисовата градина. По време на празника децата се забавляваха с фокуси и аниматори, с рисунки върху лице и детската дискотека за малки и големи. Огромен интерес сред малчуганите предизвика Стихотворилницата, в която с помощта на екипите на фондация „За Нашите Деца“ и фирма „Компас“ те написаха весели стихчета за детството, игрите, за мама и за татко. 12-годишната Василена пък написа истинска дълга творба, посветена на Международния ден на детето. Всички гости на празника имаха възможност да опитат от вкусните сандвичи с любимите детски пастети Happy Junior, произведени от „Компас“ ООД. Те се произвеждат вече 5 години, а 8% от стойността на всеки закупен продукт с марката Happy Junior се даряват на фондация „За Нашите Деца“. Вече 22 години фондация „За Нашите Деца“ се грижи всички деца в България да получават грижи, обич и подкрепа в истинска семейна среда. Защото специалистите на фондацията знаят, че няма по-ценно на света от ласката на мама и подкрепата на татко, от баба и дядо, от всички, които са наше…
“My wish is to have a laptop” – says quietly Nikola, 9 years old. He has finished the school year with very good grades but he does not have the right to make wishes. The income in his family is already allocated before it even gets into the household. Nikola is the oldest from three children in the family of Emilia and Zahari. They do not have enough resources to take good care of their children. The father is unemployed and cannot find a job because he has epilepsy. The mother has spent her childhood in orphanages. She was often bullied there and because of that, she lost her hearing. Despite the poverty, the family makes sure that the children feel loved and supported. The youngest member of the family Melinda was born with distorted legs and has not begun to speak yet. The parents were concerned and sought help from the program Early Childhood Intervention at the Community Support Center (CSC) “St. Sofia”. “The only thing I want is for Melinda to start talking”, told us with great pain Emilia when we first met her family. The parents were confused, didn’t know how to help their daughter, that’s why we introduced them to our specialist Raya Tzvetanova. She evaluated the child‘s development, explained its condition to the parents and directed them to a specialized clinic. An operation is to be performed on the little princess and we will continue to support her parents. They live outside of Sofia but come to the activities the CSC organizes for them and Melinda every month. We consult them about stimulating the girl’s development and help them not lose hope that she will soon say her first…
With great joy but also a bit of sadness, we said goodbye to Peter today and sent him to his new family. From now on, the biological grandparents of the little boy will take care of him. Pete came to us more than a year ago, when he was still a little baby, straight from the maternity home. We from Children’s house contacted the grandparents of the child right on the first week and they showed their readiness and desire to visit the little boy two times a week, play with him, feed him and sing him to sleep. We witnessed a strong emotional bond being formed in the family with every visit, and Pete found love and warmth in the eyes of his grandparents. The little one even met his mother who got attached to him really quickly and will stay continue to visit him until she can take care of him by herself. Although we were sad, we said goodbye to Peter and we are sure that he will grow up to be a happy child, surrounded by the love and care of his closest…
A year ago, we from “St. Sofia” Community Support Center at “For Our Children” Foundation started working with Dilyana. She was a single mother with very low income. This prevented her from taking good care of her two-year-old daughter Katerina and she sought help from the specialists at CSC. We helped the mother, consulted her about stimulating the child’s development, and provided various materials for her and the girl. While working with Dilyana, she got together with Katerina’s father, they got married and started living as a family. The grandmother from the father’s side joined the household and started helping. Soon after, the family received some good news that made them happy but also concerned – Dilyana told us she was pregnant. The baby was unexpected but the family wanted to keep it. The mother was not sure whether she would be able to handle taking care of a second child. Dilyana did not have a health insurance and was anxious aboutthe monitoring of the pregnancy. We from CSC “St. Sofia” did everything we could so Dilyana would feel secure and confident about the pregnancy. We contacted specialists from a hospital who took good care of her – Dilyana went through all the required examinations and medical tests. A few weeks before the baby was born we gave the family a crib, some clothes, diapers and baby care products. Dilyana was now sure everything was ready for her and the new family member – the little Antoniya. However, the hardships for the family did not end here. Few days after leaving the hospital, Dilyana noticed that Antoniya has difficulties breathing. It turned out that the baby got pneumonia which the doctors did not notice. Dilyana and Antoniya spent nearly two weeks in the hospital together and Katerina also got sick in the meantime. We immediately sprung to their assistance and bought the medication the family needed because they did not have enough money. In this difficult moment, the grandmother passed away. It was hard for the whole family to cope with the loss and the father was devastated. We supported the family through all the challenges. Although it was tough for them, they managed to find strength and keep fighting for the sake of their children, and our help – material and emotional gave them hope that together they can overcome the challenges. We from “For Our Children” Foundation continue helping the family because we believe that nothing is more important for the children than growing up in a family environment, surrounded by the love and care of mom and dad. Dilyana’s family has some other great news – we successfully signed Katerina in a kindergarten, which she will start attending in the fall. There she will get to meet her peers, improve her Bulgarian and continue…
Sofia Airport Center (Logistic Center), building В2, 2, bul. “Hristofor Columb” 64, Sofia 1592
02/ 980 70 58, 988 82 45
With the support of Sofia Airport Center
Community Support Centre “Saint Sofia”
21, Gueshevo str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
02/ 822 35 10
Family type placement centre “Childhood”
2 Ohridsko ezero str. , Sofia, Bulgaria
0892 285 003