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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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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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Ellie After and the charity puppet theater

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The eighth edition of our Christmas campaign “You make miracles this Christmas” is adapting to the challenges of 2020, but still the campaign is uniting the traditional participants. Today we will tell the story of Ellie After, one of those traditional participants and her initiative for children and grownups.   Ellie is also adapting her ideas because of the situation and the lockdown. She gives all of us fresh and innovative ideas to play with our children. One of them and part of her support to the Foundation is her handmade puppet theatre.   What is your motivation to support again For Our Children Foundation a few weeks before Christmas? – The most valuable thing for society is the chance for every child to grow safe, healthy, and to develop their full potential. This will give us hope for living in the society we all dream of. For Our Children Foundation is taking care of the most vulnerable children at risk. What could be better than to be part of this care?     What is the source of your inspiration? What are the symbols of the cause-related puppet theatre? – The textile puppets are my favorites for many years. The first step is to imagine the future character, then I draw the puppet on paper and the next step is to start the experiments with fabric. My inspiration could be everywhere – some very colorful fabric or an inspiring story. The puppets can be part of a whole kit, so with them, you can create many fairytales with different characters and storylines. I hope that my puppet theater will support the child`s imagination during their play.     What do you want to wish to the children, who will enjoy their handmade home puppet theatre? – To them and to all the children I wish a lot of health, to be full of energy, to be creative and curious. I wish to create unforgettable moments to remember when they grow up.   Join now the campaign:…

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The first online Evening of Virtues will be held on 29.11.2020!

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On November 29, 2020 (Sunday) from 20:00 the Foundation “For Our Children” organizes its biggest charity event of the year – the Evening of the Virtues. For the first time due to the imposed anti-epidemic measures, it will be held entirely online through the virtual events platform MP-Studio Events. The event will be broadcast live from a specially built stage in Sofia Event Center, and each guest will be able to enjoy the exciting program from the comfort of their home.   For 11 years, every autumn, the Evening of Virtues brings together over 400 socially engaged leaders and visionaries in our society – representatives of socially responsible business, the non-governmental sector and cultural and social life, for whom children are the most valuable capital.   And this year the cause of the Evening of Virtues is early childhood development. We believe that in addition to the security of the family, intensive stimulation, thanks to which the youngest learn about the world around them and develop their potential, is a key prerequisite for their success in society, in education and employment in the future. Our goal is to use the funds raised by the event next year to support at least 1,000 children and their families to develop fully in early childhood – the age of 0 to 7 years. In the Early Childhood Development Centers in Sofia and Plovdiv, the foundation’s specialists – social workers, psychologists, rehabilitators, and family therapists will support children with developmental difficulties, children at risk of abandonment, children at risk of dropping out of the education system, living in poverty and isolation.   The theme of this year’s Evening of Virtues “Eyes of the Future” will immerse guests in an interactive story about the dreams of the organization in the coming years – the new vision of the future and the philosophy that only people can help other people. Ms. Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of the For Our Children Foundation, will also present the idea of the new network of investors in early childhood development, which will be launched in 2021 in partnership with the international organization The Human Safety Net.   The hosts of the event will be the famous Bulgarian actors Elena Petrova and Kalin Vrachanski, and the traditional charity bidding, which will be realized in a new way in a virtual environment, will again be in the masterful hands of Igor Markovski.   In support of investments in early childhood development and their importance for the development of the full potential of children at a later age, guests will hear the voice of the golden teacher of Bulgaria, Mr. Theodosius Theodosiev-Theo. One of the most famous dancers in Bulgaria, Remi Toin, will take part in the evening with a choreography specially developed for the event, and the actors from the Musical Theater Ilona Ivanova and Denko Prodanov will present a musical gift for the guests with a performance of two emblematic duets from popular musicals.   Tickets for the event are worth BGN 150 and can be purchased online through the foundation’s website or by bank transfer. For confirmation or additional information: charity@detebg.org.   You can learn more about the event here. For Our Children Foundation thanks the sponsors and partners of the event – Dundee Precious Metals, Special Events Group, Sofia Event Center, MP-Studio and MP Studio Events, EOS Matrix, Interlogistics Holding Limited Sofia, Sinevo, The Smarts, J Point, and Arlet Stars. Their support provides all organizational costs and provides the opportunity for 100% of the funds raised before and during the Evening of Virtues to be directed to the cause in support of early childhood development.   Last year, thanks to the nearly BGN 170,000 raised during the Evening of Virtues 2019, the foundation supported over 1,000 children and…

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Foster Care made possible one more child’s dream to come true – to grow up happily in a loving home

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One more child from our Forster Care Center found his new mom and dad. The 3 year old, Valentin, held tightly onto the hands of his new parents and embarked on his new life journey. Before the adoption, he was taken care by his foster mother, Dimitrinka Georgieva. She gave him her warmth and love, which worked miracles for him to overcome his abandonment in an institution, where he lived for the first one and a half year of his life.   Here is their story of our social worker’ point of view, Diana Petrova: “In November 2018, Dimitrinka took under her wings a scared sad boy, whose head was deformed from laying down, and feet – soft and crooked. The boy didn’t talk or walk. He ate only mashed puree food and had no teeth. After more than 18 months, locked under the walls of the institution, he went outside for the first time together with his foster mom. And he was afraid from people.   Dimitrinka, a true mother at hearth and a loving woman, has already helped with fostering three other children prior to their adoptions. When she came to take Valyo, she gave him a hug like he never received before and a basket full of toys – only for him. Together with our Foundation, Dimitrinka slowly started helping the boy to catch up with his development. She tough him to walk, eat, speak and love, again.   Valyo slowly started to relax and took his first steps, surrounded with a lot of love, patience and faith. He started feeling calmer and was encouraged to explore the world around, discovered the beauty of the nature, became friends with the family pet – a German Shepard called Harry, and learned many other unfamiliar to him things before. Slowly, he started speaking, and his first words were “mom”, “dad”, and “bow”. For half a year, in Dimitrinka’s family, the child caught up with his peers. He started going to kindergarten, made friends and blossomed. He turned into a happy charming boy, full of energy.   Then, Mariya showed up – the moment of destiny he has been waiting for. Mariya fell in love with Valyo from first sight and had no doubt that he was the child for her. Thus, they started their “get to know each other” meetings, where in the course of a month and a half, they spend time together each week in our foundation facility, another children playgrounds and city parks. They played together, went on walks and became closer each day. Mariya told him about her pet, her family and his future home.   During all this time, Dimitrinka was next to Valentin, to prepare him carefully for the change and reassure him that he can always count on her. She created a colorful album with some unforgettable moments they shared together, prepared his small suitcase, filled with his favorite clothes and toys, including the so loved teddy bear. She sent him to his new home, wishing him to grow up happy and strong, surrounded by the love of his new parents. Today, they often call Dimitrinka to share how Valyo is feeling, to talk about his progress or to exchange information and advice. Valyo is happy – his dream has now come true, having his own truly loving and caring family.”   “We went through very difficult times. Valentin was a sad and scared child that transformed completely. He is now smiling, a happy and playful young boy, who socializes freely and reflects the love and attention we gave him. I will miss him, but I am glad that he now has his real parents. I hope he grows up happy and loved.” shared Dimitrinka, who is one of the 25 foster moms, supported by our foundation. For more information about her, Valentin, and the children, whom she helped and cared for, read here….

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Once a foster parent, forever an angel

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Tsvetana and Angel are foster parents since 2016, after undergoing a successful education program in “For our children” Foundation. Just prior to Christmas, they welcomed home their first foster child, Kaloyan – a charming boy, thirsty for the love, which Tsveta and Angel have in bulk. Two years later, they adopted Kaloyan and he became forever part of their family.   Tsvetana and Angel continue their mission to give love to children who lack family warmth and environment, while they find their real home. Thus, in the end of 2018, the one-year-old, Silviya, entered their family – weak, visibly malnourished and neglected, with burn scars on her body, without even one of the mandatory health immunizations for a child her age.   Thus, the young family embarked on a tough journey of recovery for the little girl, hopeful to erase the scars left in her soul and to catch up with and stimulate further her healthy development. Their first step was to assign her to a general practitioner, who would perform all the missing immunizations. Not long after, Silviya started to smile more often, returned her appetite and started gaining weight. These positive results motivated further Tsveta and Angel to continue with their efforts and care for the little girl’s health, development, and socialization. They praise her for every little effort or new learning. With each day passing, she becomes more independent – she picks up her clothes, dresses up, sorts her toys and eats independently. She also established a close connection with the family pets, playing with the dog and feeding the parrot. She likes music and dancing, enjoys being praised, and, as every child, loves the hugs from her foster parents and brother.   Together with the support from our foundation, Tsveta and Angel organize walks in nature, trips and children events, which turns Silviya into a curious, friendly, and happy little girl. A girl, who awaits her loving mother and father, so she too could grow up in the warmth and safety of a loving family.   “There is nothing more important for us than to support this little girl in the process of developing the necessary abilities, which would lead her into living an independent life of a successful adult. We truly believe that foster care is a cause, which gives children the opportunity to experience a family environment full of love and understanding, until they find their real home.”                                                                                                                                    Tsvetana and Angel…

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Grandma Plamena’s willpower story

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Grandma Plamena is the glue that holds her family together. She is a retiree with too many responsibilities for a person her age. After another consecutive challenge on her way, she came into contact with our foundation. This is her story:   “My 22 years old daughter is a single mom of 3, pregnant with a girl. In the care of the children, she depends solely on me and my husband, who, unfortunately, lost his job during the pandemic. We two are the only ones working in the family. Few days prior to the birth of my granddaughter, Dalia, something unexpected happened – as one of the children imitated a cartoon dragon, the house got on fire. All things we prepared to help us welcoming the new family member, as well as everything else we had for the other 3 children, was lost in the fire. We can’t manage alone, please help us.”   We acted immediately and included the family in our “family support program” to ensure coverage of their basic needs, as well as to prevent them from giving the child for adoption. We provided the family with a trolley, clothes, pampers and other basic stuff. But the most important thing was to work for rebuilding the balance and recreating a happy family environment.   So we prepared a program oriented towards the psychological needs of the family – to support grandma Plamena with her difficulties and to ease the communication with her daughter, as well as to help the children process their emotions. We started working with her daughter, Dilyana, too, with the aim to increase her independence and understanding towards her responsibilities as a mother, to reduce the stress she was experiencing, which also has an influence on her children, and to increase her motivation to find and start a job as soon as possible.   Gradually, we work to improve both Dilyana and Grandma Plamena’s understanding towards the importance of the children growing up in a calm and harmonious family environment. We also spoke about the children’s need to reconnect and establish a healthy relationship with their father, despite Grandma Plamena’s disapproval.   Very often people think that material things are the only things they need, but often the emotional support is what makes them strong and united. As a result of our combined efforts and meetings that continue also today, the glue of the family, Grandma Plamena, is more confident, calm, and motivated to make the necessary change, which would bring peace, safety, and harmony for the children.   Thanks to our foundation’s support and covering the family’s basic needs, today they face these challenging times easier and even manage to cover part of their accumulated debt….

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