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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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DEVIN EAD donates more than 3000 liters spring water to For Our Children Foundation

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DEVIN EAD donated more than 3000 liters spring water with DEVIN brand to For Our Children Foundation. The initiative is part of the ongoing support started in the summer of 2020, in which DEVIN EAD ensures the monthly drinking needs of clean, safe, untouched by human hand water from the heart of the Rhodopes for children and families with whom the entire team of the foundation works.   „The partnership with DEVIN spring water is a significant step that gives stability of our foundation to cover an important necessity – ensuring our centers with naturally clean water suitable for the children that are in the focus of our cares. In our Centers for community support in Sofia and Plovdiv every day we provide free of charge consultations and psychological support to children and families at risk, activities for children with difficulties and developmental problems, training courses for candidate adoptive parents. The Foster care center is the place where we organize groups for support and training of foster parents and socializing activities for children in foster families. And in our Children’s house, professional babysitters take care of children up to 7 years of age around the clock until they are adopted, placed in foster families, or returned to their biological parents.” – shared the executive director of For Our Children Foundation – Ivanka Shalapatova.     The charity initiative is in line with the new communication campaign Mission “The Hero in Us” of DEVIN spring water, which encourages people to find out the hero in themselves and the people around them every day. DEVIN spring water is recommended by the Bulgarian Pediatric Association as suitable for the youngest children and newborns. The qualities of the water do not require its boiling and make it suitable for cooking and for infants. It is microbiologically pure and is under constant laboratory control at the place of…

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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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Raiffeisenbank donated over 7,000 leva to the “For Our Children” Foundation in support of children with developmental difficulties

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BGN 7,105 were raised through the “Choose to help” charity initiative of Raiffeisenbank for our project “Give Happy Childhood to Children with Developmental Difficulties”. At an official ceremony, the symbolic check with the donation was received on behalf of the Foundation by Alexandra Ilieva, who thanked the organizers and donors for supporting the cause that each child develops and grows happily in a family.   The campaign is organized for the ninth year and once again Raiffeisenbank chose to help the children at risk, for which the Foundation strives to ensure a secure family environment and full development. With the funds raised during the initiative, we will enable 6 children with disabilities or developmental difficulties to work with specialists according to their needs and to get innovative therapies. With the support of Raiffeisenbank, children will also be able to attend events, where they meet with their peers, because socialization often proves difficult to them.   This year, our cause was among the 22 successful projects supported by the ninth edition of Raiffeisenbank’s “Choose to help” charity initiative. In the campaign, which raised donations of 226,152 leva, participated 1,597 employees, with the total amount of internally raised funds amounting to 205,010 leva. The amount was supplemented by external donors, whose funds are sent directly to the accounts of the organizations, as well as by donor SMSs, and the online donation platform.   In the past 2017, “For Our Children” Foundation supported and worked with 149 children with mild, moderate and severe forms of disability, providing them and their parents with the necessary support and access to services that stimulate children’s development and ensure that their needs are adequately…

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