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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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„Тази Коледа чудесата правите Вие 6“ набра 50 000 лева в подкрепа на щастливото детство в семейство

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На благодарствена среща вчера с участниците в “Тази Коледа чудесата правите Вие” 2018 г. на фондация “За Нашите Деца” бяха обявени резултатите от благотворителната кампания.   Шестото издание на инициативата вдъхнови служители на общо 53 малки и големи социално-отговорни компании, училища, детска градина, образователен център, медия група, танцови школи, клуб за здравословен начин на живот, приятелски кръг и дори пенсионерски клуб, да подарят шанс за щастливо детство в семейство на още стотици деца. Неусетно и заедно успяхме да наберем рекордната сума от 50 000 лева, с които фондацията ще подкрепи стотици деца и семейства в риск, ще отговори на специфичните потребности на децата с проблеми в развитието и ще им даде шанс да разгърнат своя пълен потенциал.   “Всичко, което правим, не бихме могли да постигнем без Вашата подкрепа. 60% от финансовото обезпечаване е от дарения. Вие ни давате стабилност и сигурност, за да осъществяваме мисията си вече 26 години. Благодарение на Вас само през изминалата година подкрепихме 1300 деца и семейства,” се обърна към гостите вчера Галя Гецова, директор “Корпоративни и индивидуални партньорства и Комуникации” във фондацията.   В рамките на последните седмици на 2018-та година с много желание, силен коледния дух и в подкрепа на каузите на фондацията, екипите организираха различни инициативи в офиса – някои тропнаха хорце, други прекараха деня по пижами, трети се състезаваха със столове на колела или премериха сили на канадска борба със скиорски ръкавици. Фаворити сред предизвикателствата за поредна година са коледните обяд и разпродажба.   “Скъпи приятели, искам да Ви кажа, че децата, които сме подкрепили заедно може би никога няма да се срещнат с Вас, няма да Ви кажат как сте променили живота им, но ще вярват в доброто и в добрите хора. Благодаря Ви, че ни подадохте ръка, за да направим така, че повече деца да растат в сигурна семейна среда.”, заключи срещата вчера един от “виновниците” за сбъдването на кампанията тази година – Снежанка Маринкова, старши експерт “Организиране на кампании и комуникации” във фондацията.   Трогнати, всички участници споделиха, че инициативата ги е сближила като екип, като хора, обединени около една значима и вълнуваща кауза. Някои екипи споделиха, че това е било най-яркото и забавно събитие за изминалата година, че нямат търпение да се включат отново в кампаниите на фондацията…че са открили в себе си неподозирани творчески способности, че са преоткрили и опознали хората, с които споделят работното си ежедневие. Кампанията все още е тема за разговор в екипите, повод за шеги и закачки, за незабравими общи спомени.   “Тази Коледа чудесата правите Вие” на фондация “За Нашите Деца” за поредна година обедини колеги и приятели, събуди тяхното коледно настроение, обвърза го с кауза и доказа, че да правиш добро е не само лесно, но и може да бъде много забавно. И най-важното, направи възможно още десетки деца да изпитат магията да преживяват своите празници в…

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Many Christmas surprises for the children at the Center for temporary accommodation “St. Dimitar”

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With a Christmas party and many presents “For Our Children” foundation surprised the children at the Center for temporary accommodation “St. Dimitar” in the capital.   On the occasion of the brightest holidays, together with the team of the Center, we gave away a special experience to more than 60 children at the age from 0 to 18. The children received personally-picked boxes with presents full of everything which a child can dream of – toys, books, sweets, clothes, school supplies, and other presents. The children received more cordial wishes for the new year and the hope that it will bring them and their families many positive moments.   The special gifts were provided by Mrs. Svetlana Kamps from the Bulgarian organization “Dobra Sreshta” in Munich, Germany, which for a 9th consecutive year organized the charity initiative “Christmas in a box”. Its most dedicated virtues are the Bulgarian Orthodox Church in the city, Bulgarian families and their German colleagues and friends, DSV Road transport company with the leader for Bulgaria Mr. Yanislav Totev, thanks to which the children from CTA “St. Dimitar” received the presents.   We are grateful to our friends from Germany who, despite being away from Bulgaria, managed to give more than 60 children with a hard childhood a magical Christmas!       The partnership between the foundation and the Center for temporary accommodation “St. Dimitar” started at the beginning of this year. It gives children and their families, as well as the team of the center the opportunity to receive specialized support by a mobile psychologist, “Early childhood intervention” specialist and “Early child development” specialist of “For Our Children” foundation. The activities are part of the execution of the project “Care at early age”, financed by the OAK foundation. One of the goals of the project is to improve the development and the well-being of children at early age (0-7) by implementing an integrated health-social and family-oriented approach to the care for them and to pilot the social – health services for direct work with them and their…

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Children from Fusion Academy in support of their peers

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For many years one of the leading academies in the sphere of education and art, Fusion Academy and “For Our Children” foundation work together in the name of the right of every child to grow safe, loved, and happy. The team of Fusion Academy believes that there is no such thing as a talentless child but in order to spark that talent, we need to provide the child with opportunities to express themselves and to develop – an understanding, which we also share. They share that art is not fixed value. Art is an impact, a change for the better, love, family. To be an artist you have to be a human most of all. To carry kindness in you, to look for the beauty in the world, to recreate it, to give and gift it to the people. To be an artist, you have to be able to work in a group, to be tolerant, to feel your partner, to be synchronized with the ensemble. They create together and change people, who know their art.   This year, thanks to the support of Fusion Academy, the guests of our biggest charity event Art evening of the virtues 2018 left with a unique memory from the evening, namely – a work by the young artists from the academy. Their genuine interpretation of family and how important it is for all of us, helped the guests to feel the cause of the foundation even closer to them. But this is only a small part of the excessive kindness which the students of the academy do for the foundation and the children who need support. Thanks to them, companies, led by the creative energy of the children at the academy, helped the foundation with the funds of the Christmas cards sale which they handcrafted themselves.   Many are the shared occasions with Fusion Academy which stimulate the team of “For Our Children” foundation to continue to fight with aspiration and smile for one of the most important things in our society – the safe and happy childhood in a family. Another such occasion was the Christmas party at the academy where we talked to the good-doers about how they support us, how important it is to be kind, to volunteer, to share and help children and families not only around Christmas.   And at the end, we finished our meeting with a photo of all of us and the children themselves wanted to say “FAMILY” while we are together. Because for them, the family is the most important…

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Happy stories

A story about the good that changes faiths

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People say that good things happen when you least expect them. This is the experience of a foster parent who has been looking for a miracle her entire life. And found it after many of years. In the newspaper.   Prehistory   Margarita Taneva is a woman with great life experience. At the age of 57, Margarita has a daughter, a grandson, had a happy marriage which ended too early with the death of her husband. For Margarita, this was the hardest moment, a moment which she didn’t know how to go through.   Year after year the woman carried this burden inside of her but everyday fought for her daughter, who at the time was 4 years old, not to feel her father’s loss. She fought to move on, and as usual, to bring to the world and to the people around her kindness and miracles.   “I have always felt the inner need to help people, to do something good, no matter how small it is, for them,” she said.   And one day, after years of searching for that good which would help her overcome the sadness, she came across an article. In a newspaper.   “We are looking for foster parents,” was the headline of the article from 2015, remembered Margarita. She started reading. The article, however, didn’t give enough information. She searched the Internet for “Foster care” and clicked the first link which appeared.   “It was the website of “For Our Children” foundation.”   She read some more. She called the foundation. They told her about it. She found out what “foster care” actually was and what were these people who are parents but temporary. She found out that she could help children, left without their own family, children who, without foster parents, are doomed to a life at a social home… “And we all know what that means.”   The application   She applied. She went through a 6-month training during which Margarita understood what awaits her if she becomes a foster parent. She met active foster parents with the help of the foundation. They told her about all those hidden moments of real happiness which children give them. Happiness which didn’t have an equivalent. They also told her about the hardest moments – the coming of every new child… and the separation from him/her.   Her daughter and her friends were mostly afraid of the moments of separation, many times they asked her how was she going to go through them. To this question, she responded that when you take care of a child, even for a short period of time, with the understanding that you are doing this for her or his sake, you have to neglect your feelings. You have to learn to love another human being, to give him/her all your love, with the clear understanding that he/she will not remember you and most probably will never find out about you. But a part of you will always live in him/her.   “The emotional preparation begins from the application. Even then you have to be aware that you have to take care of this child, to give him/her everything he/she needs, knowing that one day you will separate from him/her. Because he/she will find his/her own family, and the job of the foster parent is to give him/her all the love which he/she is supposed to receive from the family until he/she finds it,” she shared.     The moment   After she went through an assessment, in the middle of 2016 Margarita was approved for a professional foster parent of newborns and babies until the age of 6 months.   She chose to take care of babies because she believes that if an abandoned child gets the chance to live in a family from the first day of his/her life, then his/her adaptation will be easier later and will be adopted much faster.   Her theory is justified – for the past 2 years she took care of 3 children and all of them were adopted before they turn 1. And even though it is hard for her to separate with the children every time, Margarita accepts her professional path not as a job but as a mission which changes people’s faiths. And doesn’t give up.   “To be a foster parent is something which changes your own faith as well – I feel satisfaction which I cannot describe, not with words.”   With foster care, Margarita found that good. Which she has been looking for for a long time.   And this good she will continue to give to the most vulnerable human beings so that they feel loved, protected and find their family.   And around the Christmas holidays, Margarita feels even happier for choosing this path. Because together with her daughter, her grandson, and the little Yolina, whom she takes care of now, they will have the most magical Christmas. A Christmas, which Yolina would not have…

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Marielka from “Children’s House” received the most valuable Christmas present

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Today one family received an early Christmas gift. Two parents who have tried for many years have been waiting to have their own child, today found the happiness and took their daughter home. And one child left without mom and dad in the first moments of its life finally got a chance for a happy childhood in a safe and loving family environment.   Our “Children’s House” said goodbye to Marielka, wishing her to be healthy, happy, and always loved. And to her parents – Rayna and Peter, our team wished to stay together and have many unforgettable moments with their long-awaited dream – their little daughter.           Marielka was the big sister in our House who came to was right after her birth, just a few days old. Even left without a mother and a father, in our face she found the love and safety every baby needs. From the very beginning, she was very loving, liked the attention and didn’t miss a chance to want a kiss or a hug.     Marielka went through a lot of “first” things with us – she had her first teeth, made her first steps, celebrated her first birthday, heard her first words. All these special moments we preserved in many photos which we gave to Rayna and Peter – so that they can keep the memories from her first home, with her first family.   With tears of joy, but a little sadness too, our team sent the family for which, we believe, the best, the most waited moments are yet to come. Moments, full of love, care, and a lot of family happiness….

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To live in order to help – the path of a foster parent

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Christmas holidays are the time when everyone opens their hearts for the good, wakes up perhaps their gentle sensitivity; they start to ask, “How can I help?” and “To whom?”   Four years ago, again around Christmas, a mother inspired by her child decided she wanted to help, but not just once. She wanted to live in order to help. To accept – the other’s pain, happiness, and to give – hope, impetus, life. And chose to become a foster parent.   Marina Stefcheva devoted herself to the care for children. Before she discovered foster care, she worked as a nurse while Hristiyan did not appear in her life – her son and her inspiration.   She said about him that from a young age, Hrisi wants to help other children who have not had his luck – to have a happy childhood. Then Marina realizes that she has the power to fulfill not only his desire but also the desire of dozens of children for a real family.   She applied for becoming a foster mother at the beginning of 2014, underwent intensive ten-month training, led by the team of the Foster Care Center at “For Our Children” foundation, and then through a committee that approved her as a foster parent at the beginning of 2015.   She was soon given her first child, for whom she was taking care of for 1 year. Right on Child’s Day 2016, the boy is adopted and forever leaves Marina’s home.   In less than a month after that, she accepts her second child – Vasil, whom she is taking care of until present day.   Vasko was born in clinical death – a child, unfortunately, inherited a lot of infections and complications that led to him being born prematurely and weighing only 1 kg and 700 grams. He spent 5 months in the hospital where he was fighting the inherited diseases, then was staying with Marina because his biological mother and father weren’t able to take care of him.   Vasko had the development of a newborn when he was 5 months old, weighing only 5 kilograms. He held his legs back to his tummy, cried every time Marina left the room. For two months, because of the pain of the complications with which he was born, Vasil was crying endlessly. Day and night.   Seeing that Vasko was seriously lagging behind, Marina immediately looked for help from to our Community Support Center “St. Sofia” for cooperation and the little one started working with rehabilitator. Now Vasko is completely healthy, walks and runs freely, but still does not allow Marina to leave the room for longer. As she says – “Vasko and I are like hooked vessels .”   From his placement until July 2018, the foster mother and Vasko meet each month with his biological parents, who at that time work with our social workers at the CSC “St. Sofia” to improve their relationship, build up parenting skills, and eventually return their child.   However, calls and appointments suddenly stopped. Vasko’s parents stop reaching for him. They also stopped attending meetings with social workers. One day Marina found out that Vasko’s father had filed a request for a refusal to reintegrate.   She expects that soon after the mandatory deadline has passed, Vasko will enter into the full adoption register. And to find his new family, who had long expected him and would love him even more.   Until then, Marina will continue to be Vasko’s support, and her son Hrisi will also continue to help – teach him new words, play together with him, and take him to the kindergarten. Just like any real older…

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