At an official ceremony, which was held last night at Club 1 of The National Palace of Culture, “For Our Children” Foundation received 1 of three awards in the annual competition, organized by Tulip Foundation – “Project of the Year”, in which 14 other civil organizations were nominated. This is the second award for the foundation, the first one being for the launch of the Family Type Placement Center “Family House” in 2016. This year the organization is honored for the successes it has achieved over the three-year “Care at Early Age” project, in support of children, age 0-7, and their families.
The statuette, specially made by prof. Georgi Chapkanov, was given by Iravan Hira – Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and also a longtime supporter of “For Our Children” Foundation. He congratulated the Foundation and defined our cause as one of the most meaningful that deserves to be supported and encouraged. Part of the award was also a certificate and an encouraging grant. The award was accepted by Vanya Kaneva – Leader of our “Advocacy and Projects” team, who thanked the jury, the entire team and the funding organization – OAK Foundation, saying that without them the team would not have been able to succeed in supporting nearly 500 children, more than 800 parents and over 150 specialists.
The other two projects, which were awarded with a prize from the competition, also focus on children and their well-being. The Association “Compatibility” – Varna won for its “Support for Parenting” project, which purpose is to prevent the abandoning and abusing of children by helping disadvantaged parents. Donation Company “St. Ivan Rilski” – Balvan village received an award for its Center for Prevention and Sport, in which different children from the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo can be involved in different practical and theoretical activities, aimed to their promote security and prevent everyday risks.
The fact that the main target group of the three projects are children, provoked the Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Bulgaria and a member of the jury – H.E. Stefano Baldi, to congratulate the organizations and the other members of the jury for realizing that children are our future, the future not only of Bulgaria but of the whole world and it is really important that they are given an opportunity to develop.
In order to congratulate the nominated and the winning organizations and especially Tulip Foundation for the sustainability of the competition, honorable guest of the ceremony was also the Deputy Chairperson of the State Agency For Child Protection – Mariela Licheva.
From April 2016, “For Our Children” Foundation implements “Care at Early Age” project, which main purpose is to improve the development and well-being of children at early age (0-7 years) by introducing an integrated health and social approach to their care. The aim is through research and advocacy activities to support the improvement of the policy and practice in the early child development in the health, social and educational systems. Part of the advocacy efforts of the Foundation under the project is the preparing of a National Strategy for Early Childhood Development, which is going to function as an integrated framework, to combine all sectoral policies in order to achieve a common vision for the well-being of the children and their families, by applying a shared philosophy, goals and a united approach to the early childhood development.