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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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A program for interaction between the health, social and educational sectors has started in Plovdiv District

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For Our Children Foundation and 8 municipalities from the Plovdiv district have started the implementation of a Program for interaction between the social, health, and educational sectors in support of children in need of complex services and their families. The program operates in the municipalities of Plovdiv, Sadovo, Perushtitsa, Maritsa, Rhodopes, Kuklen, Stamboliyski, and Asenovgrad.   It was developed under the project “Initiative for Development and Social Inclusion – for our children” of the foundation, with the support of specialists from the three sectors.   The synergy program will help children and families access complex services, increase the effectiveness of support for them, and strengthen the prevention of risk factors for children by providing mobile and networked services where they lack.     A unified coordination center under the management of the For Our Children Foundation and coordinators in each of the 8 municipalities will liaise with the families and coordinate the actions of the involved specialists in one or several municipalities.   If you learn about a child who needs comprehensive services or want to find out more about the program, you can contact the local municipal coordinators:   Kuklen: coordinator.kuklen@detebg.org   Sadovo: coordinator.sadovo@detebg.org   Rhodope: coordinator.rodopi@detebg.org   Maritsa: coordinator.maritsa@detebg.org   Asenovgrad: coordinator.asenovgrad@detebg.org   Plovdiv: coordinator.plovdiv@detebg.org   Perushtitsa: coordinator.perushtica@detebg.org   Stamboliiski:…

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A European campaign will fight to ensure an equal start in the life of every child

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“The first years, the first priority” advocates the prioritization of early childhood development in EU public policies.   The Trust for Social Alternative Foundation and the For Our Children Foundation, together with Eurochild and the Step by Step International Association, in partnership with the European Public Health Alliance and the Roma Education Fund, are launching the European First Years – First Priority campaign.   It advocates prioritizing early childhood development in countries’ public policies to ensure an equal start in the life of every child in Europe between the ages of 0 and 6. The basis of the campaign is the thesis that the first 6 years of children’s lives lay the foundations of their physical, social, and emotional development.   With the help of national partners from nine European countries – Bulgaria, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, and Spain, the campaign will gather and provide information to policymakers at the European and national level, engage civil society organizations, and will help empower parents and families to stand up for their own rights, and those of their children.   “We join the campaign as representatives of the Bulgarian side because we strongly believe that early childhood development provides the key basis for the emotional, social and physiological development of children, and is crucial for the potential they can reach as adults. Investing and strengthening early childhood development policies is an investment in the future well-being of society as a whole. ” , say the partners in the “Trust for Social Alternative” and “For Our Children” campaigns.   The “first years – first priority” starts on December 15 and aims to ensure the improvement of the lives of children aged 0 to 6 in Europe by: building a community of early childhood policy advocates at the national and European Union (EU) level; raising awareness and convincing the public about the need to prioritize early childhood development; achieving a strategic advantage over EU policies and securing funding to support reforms and public investment at the national level.   The campaign stands for the rights of all children, with a special focus on families and children at risk of discrimination and exclusion, such as children living in extreme poverty, children with disabilities, children at risk of separation from their biological families, children in specialized institutions, children of Roma origin, children of migrants and refugees.   “Parents usually know what is best for their children, but poverty and discrimination can limit their potential to do their best. Through this campaign, we would like to influence the policies and public funding of early childhood development, based on the available evidence, as well as the opinion and experience of the parents themselves. Public investment can and should support and empower families and their young children. ” – Jeanne Hainsworth, Secretary-General of Eurochild.   The campaign will advocate for institutions and politicians so that EU funds can support progress on the issue across Europe, as well as for the creation of mutually reinforcing feedback between policies and funding at the European and national level. While some countries, such as Finland and Ireland, manage to make early childhood development one of their national priorities, most other countries still lack a cross-sectoral framework for policies and initiatives. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the lack of targeted support for families with young children in countries such as Hungary, Serbia, Romania, and Portugal.  …

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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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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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Over BGN 85,000 were raised in the first virtual Evening of Virtues

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Over 85,000 BGN were raised by the largest charity event of For Our Children Foundation – Evening of Virtues, realized for the first time entirely online. On November 30th 2020, it was broadcasted live from a specially built stage in Sofia Event Center through the virtual platform MP-STUDIO.EVENTS. Over 100 guests united around the cause for the full development of children at an early age – from 0 to 7 years.   To support over 1,000 children and their families in 2021, the For Our Children Foundation aims to raise 150,000 BGN – more than half of them were donated during the event. The rest of the funds, the organizers hope to raise by the end of the year from individual and corporate donors empathetic to the cause.   The hosts of the event were the beloved Bulgarian artists – Elena Petrova and Kalin Vrachanski. From the very beginning, they appealed to all guests: “The eyes of the future look at us with hope. Let’s help it reach them!”. Teodosii Teodosiev appeared before the virtual audience to call all children “infinitely valuable seeds”, in the development of which we must invest, and the actors from the musical theater – Ilona Ivanova and Denko Prodanov captivated the guests with iconic duets in the spirit of the evening. One of the most famous dancers in Bulgaria, Remy Toin, joined the choreography and projection mapping specially developed for the occasion, expressing his gratitude for the warmth and care donated by the Foundation, which ensured him a happy childhood in a foster family.   Mrs. Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of the For Our Children Foundation, presented the bold vision of the organization for the construction of the Early Childhood Development Complexes in Sofia and Plovdiv in 2021. She showed the results of the tremendous work of the organization only for the first 10 months of this year, namely – 2500 changed children’s destinies and the desire for this number to grow exponentially over the next 5 years.   “Your support encourage us to create a better future and give it to every child. All this is happening thanks to the membership in The Human Safety Net – an organization based on the faith that only person can help another person”, said Ms. Shalapatova.   During the event the guests had the opportunity to send their message for the future, which will be closed in a time capsule and reopened 5 years later. The traditional charity auction for unique objects and exciting experiences was held for the first time in a virtual environment by the one and only Igor Markovski. Among the interesting positions of the auction were a cultural experience at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Bulgaria, a 7-day sailing yacht trip around the Sporades Islands in Greece, an autographed guitar by the music group “The Foundation”, and a chair signed by all members of the team behind the organization of the event.   General sponsor of the evening was Dundee Precious Metals, general partners – Special Events Group, Sofia Event Center, MP-STUDIO and MP-STUDIO.EVENTS. Other sponsors included EOS Matrix, Interlogistics Holding Limited Sofia, Synevo Laboratories, Compass Invest, as well as several partners – The Smarts, J Point, Arlet Stars, and Metro Cash & Carry. Their support covered all organizational costs and provided the opportunity for 100% of the funds raised before and during the event to be directed to the cause in support of early childhood development.   Staring at the “Eyes to the Future”, the team of For Our Children Foundation believes that with the support of all of us, next year they can ensure a happy childhood for even more children! Donate now – at https://www.detebg.org/bg/dari-sega/, because tomorrow may be too…

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Digital transformation for Evening of Virtues – our biggest charity event

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The unpredictable 2020 and COVID-19 have led to many changes for everyone – both for international corporations and local businesses, as well as for the non-profit organizations. They made us restructure our work and daily lives, along with that of our children. In order to channel the process of change, both for our organization and for the community of donors supporting our cause, we at the For Our Children Foundation choose to adapt by quickly introducing new practices in our work and in organizing charity events.   We also did it for the Evening of Virtues – the event that has been bringing together the big family of supporters of the organization and its mission for 11 years. For the first time this year, the largest charity event of For Our Children Foundation will be held entirely online and thanks to the technological innovations, will bring the abstract future of fundraising events closer to all of us.   An exciting program, inspiring stories, the opportunity for interaction between participants and guests, boldly ignoring the distance, as well as the traditional charity auction, are just some of the elements that can be enjoyed directly from the comfort and safety of home.   We believe that this Evening of Virtues will prove that there are no physical limits to humanity, empathy, and kindness.   As every year, the entire amount raised from ticket sales and donations during the event will be invested in the cause dedicated to early childhood development. Our goal is to use the funds raised in 2021 to support at least 1,000 children and families. This is possible thanks to the partners of the Evening of Virtues, who invest their knowledge, skills, and services, including the Bulgarian company for visual effects MP-STUDIO.   Today we are talking to part of the MP-STUDIO’s team – Marin Petkov, Marin Dimitrov and Strahil Jordanov about their motivation to support the cause of For Our Children Foundation, about the digital invasion and how to use it to make the world a better place.   This year you have expanded your business. How was the idea behind MP-STUDIO.EVENTS born?   The beginning of the pandemic of COVID-19 in March had a rapid impact on the event industry and this did not go unnoticed by MP-STUDIO. Our team was fully booked until the end of 2020 and suddenly all the events and projects we had were postponed or abandoned altogether. This included a project that would have been a part of the world’s largest event in 2020. We knew this crisis would last long. Also, for the first time in years, we had a little more time for experiments and development. We had to do something and the only way our team could do it was to act. Thus was born the idea for MP-STUDIO.EVENTS. On the one hand out of need, on the other – out of enthusiasm and a bit of free time.     How did COVID-19 affect the event industry? The event industry has changed tremendously in just 10 months. We saw a rapid transition to virtual events. This is the solution that has been found as an alternative in a pandemic situation. But like everyone in the industry, we know that physical events will return in full force after the pandamic. However, the change that has taken place will remain permanent and online events will become a new niche. We have developed our platform for this niche, but also as a complementary element to live events – through a hybrid element. In this way we provide a new tool in the hands of event organizers, through which they can reach more people regardless of the capacity of the location.   How and why did you decide to support the first online Evening of Virtues? We decided to support the Evening of Virtues because we believe in the potential of every person. We recognized that this potential must begin to develop at an early age and the For Our Children Foundation has taken on this task. We believe that our small contribution can lead to positive results and we see it as an investment in the future, because one day one of these children may be part of our team.   Anyone who wants to be a guest of the Evening of Virtues and immerse themselves in an experience that will leave a lasting impression in his/her mind can do so by confirming their presence until 26.11.2020 at charity@detebg.org. Read more about the event on the event page.  …

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The voluntary initiative TELUS Days of Giving 2020 extends a hand to 50 families in difficult situation with whom For Our Children Foundation works

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This November TELUS Days of giving – the voluntary initiative of TELUS International Europe, has been held for the seventh consecutive year, bringing together company employees, their families and friends.   Despite of the restrictive measures imposed by COVID-19 decease, more than 400 volunteers chose to devote time and efforts to six volunteer projects, fully adapting their activities to the established measures in time of an epidemiological situation.   We are proud that among the selected ones is the project of For Our Children Foundation to support 50 families with little children in Sofia and Plovdiv, who are in crisis due to the state of emergency and the measures against COVID-19, which requires from them daily difficult decisions, challenges their role as parents and makes it difficult for them to care for their children. Among them are large families, single parents, young mothers without support from their relatives, families who lost their jobs and income after March 2020.   25 employees of TELUS International Europe in Bulgaria chose to lend a hand to these families through our project to help them overcome the crisis situation and prevent child neglecting. The volunteers worked for two days in our Community support centers – on November 17 in Plovdiv and on November 18 in Sofia, where they unloaded and packed durable food products, adapted milk, baby food and diapers. All products were provided for the initiative by the company.   „I chose this volunteer project, because I believe that sometimes a little help at the right moment is needed to help a person to stand up and move on. When we unite out strength and energy with the professional expert support of the foundation, we can inspire confidence to the parents and to give chance of the children to grow peacefully in their families.“ – shared one of the participants in the initiative.   The product packages were carefully prepared and designed as gifts, with attention to every detail. As befits a gift, the volunteers left a message to the children and families in each of the packages.   During the initiative, with the help of our social workers, the first families met and talked to the volunteers, and the children enjoyed special attention. In the end, they left with basic products, but also with something very valuable – smiles on the faces and faith that they can cope, that there are people who support them so that they can give their children love and care, regardless of the circumstances.   We, the team of For Our Children Foundation, thank to the organizers and volunteers of TELUS International Europe in Bulgaria for the trust, the new friendships and the bridges between the people that we created together!…

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