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The problem

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.

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The solution

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.

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11 Months Healthy Nutrition For Our Children by Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

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Among the children worldwide, which the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) will help this year, are also those with which the specialists of “For Our Children” Foundation work. Thanks to the donated $ 10,000 through the HNF program “Casa Herbalife”, we can together, over the next 11 months, to ensure the best opportunities for healthy nutrition for dozens of children at an early age.   “For 25 years, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation and our Members and employees have been dedicated to improve the children’s lives by helping to provide access to healthy meals and nutrition education. This time, we are proud and happy to contribute to the mission of For our Children Foundation both financially and voluntarily in order that children in need to get the nutrition they require to reach their full potential.”– shared Romeo Cazanescu, Country Director for Bulgaria.   “For Our Children” Foundation will invest the donated funds to ensure adapted milk and baby food for the babies and toddlers in our Family-Type Placement Center “Children’s House“. This will allow us to guarantee the daily full and healthy nutrition of its young inhabitants – an element of the overall care for their growth in a family-type environment. Some of the funds will help vulnerable families which “For Our Children” Foundation supports through the Community Support Centres in Sofia and Plovdiv and the Foster Care Centre in Sofia, providing them with food, necessary for the proper development of their children.     In the coming months, Herbalife Мembers will become a true part of the Foundation’s life by immersing themselves in the workplace of our specialists and supporting our team in their efforts to provide quality social services to children and families.   “We’re all very excited that this generous donation from HNF will enable us to ensure and improve nutrition of the vulnerable children supported through our services. It will also help us to increase awareness of the caregivers – parents, relatives, foster and adoptive parents, babysitters – about the healthy nutrition and encourage proper nutrition habits. Thank you, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation!” – said Galya Getzova, Director Corporate and Individual Partnerships and Communications of “For Our Children” Foundation….

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The Community Support Center “St. Sofia” with 3 new services

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“For Our Children” Foundation will continue to manage and develop the The Community Support Center “St.Sofia” and in the next 5 years, decided Sofia Municipality after a competition procedure.   The Community Support Center “St. Sofia” is under the management of the Foundation since 2008. At the beginning, it operates with a capacity of 55 cases, but the increased interest in services and the proven professionalism of specialists, only 6 months after the first competition, its capacity was increased to 105 cases. Over the next 5 years, the Center will work on 130 cases per month, which again shows the trust of Sofia Municipality in the quality of the services we provide.   In addition to the expanded capacity, the Center will deploy several entirely new programs aimed at supporting more children and families at risk and offering more diverse services – “Early Childhood Development”, “Primary Prevention to Prevent Violence and Achieve Security for Children” and from 2021 we also plan the development of the Foster Care service, which will include recruitment for foster parents, evaluation and selection, training and subsequent support for foster families. And in the next period, the team will focus their expertise to prevent the separation of newborns from their families, to provide full support to families of children up to 7 years in order to prevent the risk of separation between them, it will work with children and families in the process of reintegration, it will continue to prepare prospective adoptive parents and support already adoptive families, it will take care of the social and emotional development of children entrusted to public care.   The newly introduced services under the “Early Childhood Development” Program will support and develop parenting skills to meet specific needs in the physical and mental development of the child at an early age and they will increase their confidence and autonomy. In the form of group or individual sessions, we will hold consultations, trainings, trainings for parents and children. There will also be a free access space where children and their parents will be able to play and study together. During Early Childhood Intervention activities (screening and evaluation of development, preparation of an individual development plan for the child), socializing and development activities (“Toys Library”, “Music in action”, “Play the fairy tale” and others), we will also support parents of children who are at risk for illness, disability or development problems.   The Primary Prevention to Prevent Violence and Achieve Security for Children program is aimed at students, parents, teachers, educators, professionals working with children and families, children in kindergartens and their families and aims to raise awareness, knowledge and skills of the community regarding child welfare, children’s needs and rights. We plan to organize trainings to understand and meet the needs of children at different ages and positive parenting, seminars for identification of signs and symptoms of violence, family planning courses, parenting skills, sexual and health culture, etc.   In the beginning of 2021, we will also run the “Foster Care” service in order to have the opportunity to recruit more foster families to provide a cozy home and care to children without parents for whom an alternative is only the institution.   And during the next 5 years the Community Support Center will continue to get involved in the fate of children and families at risk, it will be a loyal partner in the challenges they face, and will make sure that every child has a safe and happy childhood in a family. Because our belief is only in a family the child can develop fully and grow into a successful person.  …

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Summer, office and cause meet in the campaign “Challenge summer in office” of “For Our Children” Foundation

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He, the office..   She, the vacation..   Can they really meet?   Invite him, the summer, at your office, let the breeze caress each of your colleague and envelop every desk. Let it unites you under. Let it unite you around a noble cause – to spend some time together and get to know each other in a different light with lots of laughter and positive energy.   And let the summer at the office starts now!     With the third edition of the “Challenge summer in office” campaign and the 10 funny challenges, prepared this year, “For Our Children” Foundation invites the employees of middle, small and big companies to adjust to the summer wave and surrender to His Majesty’s Summer. Although behind the computer at the office…   The challenges   Whether you go to a culinary race or write “salty” ode for a colleague, organize a karaoke or tender for summer privileges, the variations are many, the most important thing is to challenge yourself and your adventurous spirit to do it with a cause. Let’s not miss the charity participation fee! Because what is better than opening a wide open door of the office for the summer, transferring to summer fiesta through the little jokes of the campaign, knowing that you are contributing to the happy ending of our cause – the smiling future of the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria.   The cause   With the funds raised by the campaign, the foundation will support parents in order not to separate with their babies. We will continue to work with children born prematurely, with disabilities or at risk of developing impairment, delay or developmental deviations in order to have a full life and to grow into active and independent individuals. And of course – to have one beautiful, blue summer.   How to participate?   On the page of the campaign you can see the full list of our challenges! Choose 1,2 or even more to dive in a sea full of entertainment! And if you’ve been inspired and you invented a new challenge – share it and don’t forget the hashtag of the company – #Summer_inOffice!   Join today – don’t wait until the end of the campaign – the last day is 31st August. Because before you know, the season will be over. And with the season, you will miss so many opportunities to have fun, to get to know your colleagues and to help more children to have a wonderful childhood.   “Challenge summer in office!”     For more information: 0887 070 268,…

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Happy stories

Vyara and Nadezhda … and the Love between them

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Vyara was 29 when she get divorced with her husband. She was alone in raising her daughter. Like any young woman, even after the disappointment of her first marriage, she dreams for a relationship with a happy end – a family in a home, where she can raise her child in love and understanding.   After the divorce, Vyara and her daughter start living in Vyara’s mother’s place – Mariya. The three quickly get used to living together. Vyara finds work next to her home and slowly but confidently she begins to arrange her life. At her workplace she often talks to an older man – in her words “gallant” and “a real gentleman”. Gradually, the feelings between them become more and more ignited. They understand each other, he helps her in the care of the home and the child. He shows her how to live a peaceful life and enjoy everything she has.   When Vyara’s mother finds out about her relationship with Dimitar, shares her unwillingness for her daughter to communicate and to be with a person older than her. In love, Vyara refuses to listen to her mother, their relationship is getting worse and Mariya decides to go abroad.   After her mother’s departure, Vyara finds out that she is expecting a child – result of her love with Dimitar – a child who is going to erase the bitter memories of her previous marriage. Her happiness is over when Dimitar leaves her – he refuses to take care of a child at his age and he can’t believe the child is his.   Fear starts to occupy Vyara – is she going to handle it by herself? The time passes, but doesn’t heal – her love for Dimitar is still strong. Lonely, without support, without a job. Vyara loses her faith, her hope. Her love. From the social media she finds out about our team from the Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” in Plovdiv and connects immediately with our specialists.   Our social worker meets Vyara at her home almost the same moment we understood she needs help. She talks with her, gives her advices, tries to encourage and support her in order not to give up on her baby, who was going to be born soon.   And really, a few weeks later Nadezhda was born – with the birth of Nadezhda – a blonde, blue-eyed beautiful girl, the hope and faith returned to Vyara’s heart. Right after the discharge from the hospital we provided clothes, diapers, adapted milk, cosmetics and a new baby cart for the little lady. We also continued to support the mother Vyara, who was really scared and worried after the birth. For one year we were helping the mother in the care of her two little girls – with her, we experienced all of the difficulties – small and big. With every single day she was getting more and more confident as a parent. Her fear disappeared.   With our support and with the love of her mother and her older sister, today Nadezhda grows up in a peaceful environment, good care and attention. And to be full of happiness, realizing his mistake, the father of the girl came back, accepted her, Vyara forgave him and now they are taking care for their family together. Grandmother Mariya, though from a distance, regularly spoils the girls with beautiful clothes and presents.   “To believe there is a way out, to be able to support a mother you don’t know – that’s impossible. But you showed me there is hope, there is faith and good people who believe in me.” – shares with gratitude Vyara.         With you support we’ll make it possible more children to grow up in a security family environment! Make your contribution today by sending SMS with text DMS DETSTVO to a short number 17 777 for all mobile operators or online…

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Adoption – the long way home

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You know when we are looking forward for something to happen, it is slowing down.. When we are waiting for our favorite person to come back from a long trip – we are sitting by the window and waiting – minute after minute, with each inhalation, we take another dose of impatience.. and that’s how it is until the craving moment comes.   It’s the same feeling with children. First, you ask yourself if you can handle it, then you wonder when to start “trying”, then “why is it not happening”, and you wonder, and wonder, and wonder. Asking and wondering are transforming into a dream – “when will I FINALLY have a child”. Why is it taking so long..   That’s how it is with the characters of our story today. Mariya and her husband Asen have gone through the whole process – wondering, asking, negotiating of the requests.. waiting. Until today. Today their waiting is over. Their dream came true. And her name is Martina.   Martina was special even before her birth. Her biological mother didn’t realize she was expecting her until the 5th month –she had no symptoms like when she was pregnant with her other two children.   She abandoned her child immediately after birth. The reason – the poverty they live in, with which so many families struggle.   Martina? It’s been one year since Martina came in our Family Type Placement Center “Family House”. We welcomed her with a lot of love and celebrated together her first birthday – we were happy when she made her first steps. We loved her, hugged her, took care of her just as her real family would. Together we were waiting the day when her mother and father would come to hug her. And would never let her go.   With a brisk breath, we met Mariya and Asen at the end of the last year – are they going to be the ones.. or we will wait a little bit longer..   They are.   Martina is highly desired from her adopters. Like a real “mistress”, she took their hearts from the first moment – after all, that’s what her name means. For Mariya and Asen, Martina is special – not only because she is beautiful, little and a capricious lady. It’s because she made their purest dream come true.   The long journey is over. For the three of them. They went…

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The little Yanislav was welcomed with lot of love and hugs by his family.. at home

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Today, one more child has returned home with its mom and dad. Yanislav left the Family Type Placement Center “Family House” of “For Our Children” Foundation in the warm hugs of his parents – Anita and Mladen. They told us there were a lot of surprises for him at home – presents, his own toys, a new room, a happy grandmother and two older brothers, who were looking forward to see the young boy.   Yani was abandoned right after his birth. When he was born, he was in a bad condition and special care and medicine were needed. The mother was afraid of being alone – she didn’t have the support of the father, with whom she divorced during her pregnancy, she didn’t have the support of her parents too – she needed money, so under the influence of her strong emotions, Anita felt compelled to leave her little boy, with hope another family would take better care of him.   One day has passed. Two. A week. Ana’s mind was obsessed with one thought – Yani. Her little tiny boy, with big round brown eyes and nose, which he inherited by her. Her little boy, who was in the hospital, among strangers.   The father also couldn’t stop thinking about his son, even though he didn’t know if he was born. He didn’t heard from Anita for months. They didn’t see each other and he didn’t know anything about her. The thought of Yani didn’t go away – the father began to walk around the hospitals, asking for his son, looking for him but without any result. He was not his father by documents and he didn’t have the rights to know anything about his child.   Three months was like this. After three months the common thought – Yani – again gathered his parents. Anita and Mladen have once again saw each other, talked and decided they want their child back more than anything, no matter who is going to be behind their backs. The most important thing for them was to be together and to raise their child. They went to department “Child Protection”, in order to try to get back Yani, who in the meantime was accommodated in our Family Type Placement Center “Family House”. There, in a family environment, under the care and love of Korneliya, Zlatka, Geri, Rosi, Snezhi, Ginka and Antoaneta, he grew up and changed every single day.   The department directed Anita and Mladen to our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” – to work on their relationship, to strengthen their relation in order to be the mother and father that Yani needed. Our social worker – Vyara Panayotova worked with them. From the first meeting with the young parents, she saw the impatience in their eyes – more than anything they wanted to go home with Yani.   Almost every day they were in the Family Type Placement Center “Family House” to see Yani, to play with him and to build the relationship between each other. The father even had a few interesting games to play with his son. And Anita.. “she counted the days to the moment when she will go home with her child” shares Vyara.   Today, this finally happened. We said goodbye to this wonderful family, and Anita wished us to continue helping to another parents and children to find the way to each other.   Yanislav is one of the 11 children who found love and warmth in our Family Type Placement Center “Family House” through the past year. He is also one of the 60 children in process of reintegration, who were supported by the team of “For Our Children” Foundation in order to go back to their real…

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