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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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Since 2019 Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) continues to provide vital healthy nutrition for vulnerable children supported by For Our Children Foundation

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In May 2020 Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) once again kindly donated USD10,000 to provide healthy food for very young, vulnerable children as part of its ‘Nutrition for Zero Hunger’ programme and in partnership with local partner charity, For Our Children Foundation.   Worldwide HNF helped almost 220,000 children in 2020 by providing good nutrition and nutrition education.   In Bulgaria HNF has enabled For Our Children Foundation provide daily meals for six children age under 7 years-old who live in the charity’s Children’s House.  In addition, Foundation’s team continued to teach children about the benefits of good daily nutrition habits and promote good attitudes to healthy food.  In the Children’s House, For Our Children Foundation provides a balanced diet for children as an integral part of their growth and development. The children have been encouraged to try out new diverse healthy foods and they happily participate in the preparation of fresh food together with the carers.   In addition HNF contributed towards the expansion of a new Day Care Centre which opened in September 2020 to enable the provision of good quality, delicious and, varied food for the visiting children. The centre provides a flexible offering of day care provision (all-day, half-day or hourly care) to provide support for children with developmental challenges.   The children are excited to visit the centre for the stimulating, developmental activities and nutritious meals. In the short time it has been opened, the Centre has already set a tradition for the children to participate in various culinary workshops, which include baking of cakes and cookies, and preparing fruit salads and fun foods like pizzas.     The COVID-19 pandemic has really challenged many families with young children and increased the demand on the resources provided by For Our Children Foundation through its Community Support Centres in Sofia and Plovdiv. The loss of a stable income put to the test the care of their children. Fortunately with the support of HNF, these families have benefitted from continued support so that the children’s health was not put at risk.   “In our Children’s House we take care of six children who are without parental care.  Up to September 2020, these were babies and young children up to 3 years.  Now we cater for children from age 3 to 7 years old. We are proud that with us the children learn to love, smile, take their first steps, say their first words, know the letters, count and grow up securely until they are adopted by new parents. A particularly important element in the care of these children is healthy nutrition, for which I thank the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation. HNF’s support since 2019 has enabled our children to grow up healthy.” said Mariana Sokolova, Manager, Children’s House, For Оur Children Foundation.   Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) is one of the key partners of For Our Children Foundation.  HNF has provided support since 2019 and so far in total more than 400 children have benefitted. The support has included daily nutrition provision for vulnerable children in the Children’s House and Day Care Centre together with support for the Centers for Community Support in Sofia and Plovdiv and the Foster Care Center in…

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The first participants in “You Make Miracles This Christmas” 8 campaign

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First miracle makers are now proving that the motivation for making good deeds is stronger than the challenges 2020 brought us. The 8th edition of “This Christmas You make the Miracles” again united its traditional participants as well as new ones and together they help us to support families and children we work with.   So far 13 companies are participating in our campaign chosen one of the 12 Christmas initiatives – 4 of them suitable for employees working from home. “Our support is an expression of international solidarity from all employees at Volkswagen and Porsche Holding. Being part of an international company we realize our social responsibility and we are supporting local organizations that stand for children’s rights. For us, it is an honor to help the Foundation in its mission of providing social support, development, and happy childhood to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. We sincerely hope that this year we will be again a part of the Christmas miracle and again will light lights in children’s eyes. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish great success to the foundation in its effort to give much warmer and cozy Christmas holidays to children. “   We thank Porsche Sofia East who is one of the longest-serving participants in our campaign “This Christmas You make the Miracles” with their charity bazaar that this year will be held differently. One of the new participants in the Christmas campaign is Coface Bulgaria. Read about their motivation to support us:   “We from Coface Bulgaria are happy to be a part of this special campaign and we wish for all vulnerable groups to feel calm, protected, and above all, happy in the new year. Now is the time to become active participants in the process of mutual assistance “.   – Plamen Dimitrov, manager of Coface Bulgaria   You too can become a miracle maker for all the children that need help:…

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Four of our supporters join our Board of Trustees

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Four of our supporters join the Board of Trustees of For Our Children Foundation. We rely on them for strategic guidelines in the implementation of our mission to support the development of children from an early age. United by the cause that no child should live a day outside the family, they will invest the most valuable – their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in the name of the development of the organization and the success of what we have been doing for 28 years.   Tsvetomir Uzunov, Assoc. Prof. Velina Todorova, Evgeniy Kanev and Bozhidar Neychev are the new members of the strategic team of the foundation, because of in-depth discussions and decisions of the current members Anelia Dimova, Metodia Chadikovski and Silvia Tsanova. Meet them below:   Bozhidar Neychev has 25 years of experience in advising clients in key privatization and private transactions in various sectors, strategic analysis for entry and exit from the market, restructuring, liquidation and consolidation services, as well as assistance in mergers and acquisitions. He is one of the senior partners of PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) for Central and Eastern Europe. Over the last two decades, he has founded or developed most of the company’s offices at the Balkans.     Aoc. Prof. Velina Todorovass has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child since 2016. A few days ago, she was re-elected for a second term in this position. Assoc. Prof. Todorova is a lawyer by profession and a lecturer in Civil and Family Law at the University of Plovdiv and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She has turned the cause of a happy childhood into her profession. A friend of For Our Children Foundation for many years, in 2016 she was the patron of our largest annual charity event, the Evening of Virtues.   „I know the resilience of the Foundation and the team, which continue to support children and their families very successfully. I am always ready to support them, because of the cause that unites us. “     Until now, Evgeniy Kanev has supported the Foundation as a member of our Advisory Board. He is a managing partner in the Investment and Financial Consulting Company “Maconis”, whose activities are focused on consulting transactions with companies, business valuations, banking. “In the current demographic reality, the only way to be sure of the future of the nation is to work for good starting conditions in the life of every Bulgarian citizen.”     Tsvetomir Uzunov has serious experience in the financial field. He is a long-term CFO of ING Bulgaria and he has recently been responsible for the development of a large rating model of ING Bulgaria. According to Mr. Uzunov:   “Children are the most important thing in our lives. Something we form and leave behind. Bulgaria, unfortunately, ranks last in the EU in terms of the risk of poverty and social exclusion. This is even truer for the most vulnerable groups and disadvantaged people. The maturity of society is determined by its attitude towards the most vulnerable. Let us together create a better future for the children of Bulgaria. It is an honor and a privilege for me to support the cause of the For Our Children…

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Two Christmas magic

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Two children deprived of parental care, to whom they gave their love and attention, supported by our foster families, received the biggest gift for the past Christmas. Maria and Dinko welcomed the new year 2021 in the arms of their adoptive parents and will now grow with the love and care of mom and dad.   Seven-year-old Maria is one of the children rejected by her parents. He spent his early childhood in an institution, and for a little over a year he has been in the cozy home of the foster family Mina and Ivan Derelievi.  And although she is surrounded by their care and love, she does not stop dreaming about her real “mom” and “dad”.   A few months ago, a ray of light illuminated Maria’s fate when a wonderful family wanted to adopt her. They liked each other from the first meetings when they got to know each other and played together. With each passing day, Maria waited more and more impatiently for the “smiling woman” to come and hug her. One day this woman asked her if she wanted to take her to her home, where her father and older sisters were waiting for her. That day, Maria shone with happiness, said “mom” again, and boldly took her mother’s hand to begin her new happy life in a real family.   The second Christmas miracle happened to Dinko. For more than a year, Yuliana Uzunova’s foster family has been struggling to bridge the gap. They took Dinko in their arms straight from the hospital, gave him all their care, love and warmth, and did everything possible, as Juliana says, “his future moms and dads should enjoy a healthy and happy child.”   And they succeeded – Dinko became physically stronger, got closer to the development of his peers, became independent and confident in everything he does. With the support, energy, professionalism and big heart of the foster mother Yuliana Uzunova, Dinko’s adoptive parents successfully and effectively contacted the child via Viber in the extremely risky and serious moment of a pandemic situation in the country. They talked and had fun together, liked each other and believed that they would be happy together. Dinko welcomed 2021 in his new real family, surrounded by the love and warmth of his mom and dad.   Miracles happen at Christmas!   Last year, 7 of the children cared for by the foundation’s 23 foster families found their new real family and are now growing up surrounded by the love and warmth of mom and dad.   Our team wishes them a carefree, healthy, and happy childhood, full of care, warmth and…

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Father’s Day

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“No need in childhood is as strong as the need for paternal protection.” Sigmund Freud.   On the second day of Christmas, December 26, Bulgaria celebrates Father’s Day. The Orthodox Church celebrates it on December 26. In most countries, Father’s Day is a secular holiday. It exists all over the world but is celebrated on different dates and in different ways.   This is a day dedicated to the fatherhood and parental care of men. The father is as important to the child and his development as the mother. He is a role model. It teaches the child self-confidence, courage, and self-belief. The father is a hero in the eyes of his child!   Today we will introduce you to a father – a hero. His name is Peter Petrov. He raises his 6-year-old daughter Antonia, who has special needs. The family uses Early Childhood Intervention Services at the Hagia Sophia Center.     “I am very happy since Antonia was born. To me, she is the dream child. I have always enjoyed my child, regardless of his disabilities. Tony is like all other children – sometimes he is cunning, he does mischief, he laughs… She is in my heart. I love her as she is. She is cared for with a lot of love and warmth. I want her to be cheerful and happy and to develop according to her abilities. The child taught me patience, responsibility, coping with various difficulties, and believing in the future….

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Here Adi found home and love

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A warm embrace, family coziness, and sincere love welcomed almost a month ago a little girl deprived of the warmth of her native family. They were given to her by the foundation’s supported mother, Vera Krumova, just a few months after she sent another little girl, Katerina, whom she lovingly cares for, to his new permanent family. Having survived the separation and taken in her arms another child in need of her care and love, today Vera is happy and full of new emotions that little Adi gives her.   Adi is only one year and nine months old, but she has already felt lonely after being abandoned by her mother. Happy story from the first moment, crossing the threshold of her new home, the little charmer was greeted with attention and tenderness by the biological son and mother of Vera.   She quickly began to get used to her new environment, now relaxes and communicates with everyone in the family calmly, and of course as every child shows ownership of all toys. And Vera Krumova once again opened her big heart and kind soul, with which she returned Adi’s charming smile.     Of course, the foster mother and her family face many challenges, but with patience, the right approach, and most of all, a lot of love, Adi will experience a truly happy, sunny, and carefree…

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