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Launching the Initiative for Development and Social Inclusion– for Our Children in Plovdiv District

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Today Ivanka Shalapatova, For Our Children Foundation Executive Director, signed a contract for the implementation of a project named “Initiative for Development and Social Inclusion– for Our Children”. It will be executed with the financial support of the Operational Program “Human Resources Development”.   The project will be implemented on the territory of 8 municipalities in Plovdiv District and will develop and improve the system of services for active social inclusion of children at risk and their families in the municipalities of Plovdiv, Maritsa, Sadovo, Kuklen, Rodopi, Perushtitsa, Stamboliyski and Asenovgrad, where integrated and coordinated cross-sectoral services will be developed.   Within the project framework a comprehensive program for information exchange, individual assessment and targeting of services to the identified needs of the child and the family will be launched. It will serve as a tool for coordination and interaction between multidisciplinary service providers and local state structures, as well as keeping the parents informed, consulted and motivated to use complex services based on the need for development and social inclusion. Based on multidisciplinary individual family assessment, they will be directed to supporting integrated services.   The access of vulnerable groups of children and families to integrated and coordinated support and development services will be improved to reduce the risk of social exclusion.   The project framework allows for the implementation of programs for complex support of the early child development of children with development difficulties or disabilities through basic or mobile services in early childhood intervention, rehabilitation, logopaedic therapy, medical counselling and assisting, late monitoring of children with disabilities and premature babies, as well as the support of the individual development and learning of children and their socialization in cooperation with local structures.   Our Team will work to raise the public awareness of the problems of children at risk and their families and their opportunities for active social inclusion. Eight information meetings will be organised and conducted at the eight municipalities.   The implementation of the project activities will start in September this year and it will continue until April 2021. It is foreseen to engage at least 200 children, including children with disabilities and their families.   Some of the most significant problems in the social sphere in the 8 municipalities are: Lack of understanding among the public about the importance of the problems of vulnerable children and their families and the importance of early identification of risks, ways of actively involving them and providing social support; Shortage of networking community services to offer comprehensive support to children at risk and their families; Risk of social exclusion of children at risk and their families due to the lack of services and a number of obstacles preventing the access to existing services.   For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian NGO that has been protecting children’s rights in Bulgaria for 27 years and works in partnership with children, families, communities, local and executive authorities to provide a safe family environment and conditions for sustainable development for each…

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11 Months Healthy Nutrition For Our Children by Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

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Among the children worldwide, which the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) will help this year, are also those with which the specialists of “For Our Children” Foundation work. Thanks to the donated $ 10,000 through the HNF program “Casa Herbalife”, we can together, over the next 11 months, to ensure the best opportunities for healthy nutrition for dozens of children at an early age.   “For 25 years, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation and our Members and employees have been dedicated to improve the children’s lives by helping to provide access to healthy meals and nutrition education. This time, we are proud and happy to contribute to the mission of For our Children Foundation both financially and voluntarily in order that children in need to get the nutrition they require to reach their full potential.”– shared Romeo Cazanescu, Country Director for Bulgaria.   “For Our Children” Foundation will invest the donated funds to ensure adapted milk and baby food for the babies and toddlers in our Family-Type Placement Center “Children’s House“. This will allow us to guarantee the daily full and healthy nutrition of its young inhabitants – an element of the overall care for their growth in a family-type environment. Some of the funds will help vulnerable families which “For Our Children” Foundation supports through the Community Support Centres in Sofia and Plovdiv and the Foster Care Centre in Sofia, providing them with food, necessary for the proper development of their children.     In the coming months, Herbalife Мembers will become a true part of the Foundation’s life by immersing themselves in the workplace of our specialists and supporting our team in their efforts to provide quality social services to children and families.   “We’re all very excited that this generous donation from HNF will enable us to ensure and improve nutrition of the vulnerable children supported through our services. It will also help us to increase awareness of the caregivers – parents, relatives, foster and adoptive parents, babysitters – about the healthy nutrition and encourage proper nutrition habits. Thank you, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation!” – said Galya Getzova, Director Corporate and Individual Partnerships and Communications of “For Our Children” Foundation….

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The Community Support Center “St. Sofia” with 3 new services

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“For Our Children” Foundation will continue to manage and develop the The Community Support Center “St.Sofia” and in the next 5 years, decided Sofia Municipality after a competition procedure.   The Community Support Center “St. Sofia” is under the management of the Foundation since 2008. At the beginning, it operates with a capacity of 55 cases, but the increased interest in services and the proven professionalism of specialists, only 6 months after the first competition, its capacity was increased to 105 cases. Over the next 5 years, the Center will work on 130 cases per month, which again shows the trust of Sofia Municipality in the quality of the services we provide.   In addition to the expanded capacity, the Center will deploy several entirely new programs aimed at supporting more children and families at risk and offering more diverse services – “Early Childhood Development”, “Primary Prevention to Prevent Violence and Achieve Security for Children” and from 2021 we also plan the development of the Foster Care service, which will include recruitment for foster parents, evaluation and selection, training and subsequent support for foster families. And in the next period, the team will focus their expertise to prevent the separation of newborns from their families, to provide full support to families of children up to 7 years in order to prevent the risk of separation between them, it will work with children and families in the process of reintegration, it will continue to prepare prospective adoptive parents and support already adoptive families, it will take care of the social and emotional development of children entrusted to public care.   The newly introduced services under the “Early Childhood Development” Program will support and develop parenting skills to meet specific needs in the physical and mental development of the child at an early age and they will increase their confidence and autonomy. In the form of group or individual sessions, we will hold consultations, trainings, trainings for parents and children. There will also be a free access space where children and their parents will be able to play and study together. During Early Childhood Intervention activities (screening and evaluation of development, preparation of an individual development plan for the child), socializing and development activities (“Toys Library”, “Music in action”, “Play the fairy tale” and others), we will also support parents of children who are at risk for illness, disability or development problems.   The Primary Prevention to Prevent Violence and Achieve Security for Children program is aimed at students, parents, teachers, educators, professionals working with children and families, children in kindergartens and their families and aims to raise awareness, knowledge and skills of the community regarding child welfare, children’s needs and rights. We plan to organize trainings to understand and meet the needs of children at different ages and positive parenting, seminars for identification of signs and symptoms of violence, family planning courses, parenting skills, sexual and health culture, etc.   In the beginning of 2021, we will also run the “Foster Care” service in order to have the opportunity to recruit more foster families to provide a cozy home and care to children without parents for whom an alternative is only the institution.   And during the next 5 years the Community Support Center will continue to get involved in the fate of children and families at risk, it will be a loyal partner in the challenges they face, and will make sure that every child has a safe and happy childhood in a family. Because our belief is only in a family the child can develop fully and grow into a successful person.  …

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Summer, office and cause meet in the campaign “Challenge summer in office” of “For Our Children” Foundation

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He, the office..   She, the vacation..   Can they really meet?   Invite him, the summer, at your office, let the breeze caress each of your colleague and envelop every desk. Let it unites you under. Let it unite you around a noble cause – to spend some time together and get to know each other in a different light with lots of laughter and positive energy.   And let the summer at the office starts now!     With the third edition of the “Challenge summer in office” campaign and the 10 funny challenges, prepared this year, “For Our Children” Foundation invites the employees of middle, small and big companies to adjust to the summer wave and surrender to His Majesty’s Summer. Although behind the computer at the office…   The challenges   Whether you go to a culinary race or write “salty” ode for a colleague, organize a karaoke or tender for summer privileges, the variations are many, the most important thing is to challenge yourself and your adventurous spirit to do it with a cause. Let’s not miss the charity participation fee! Because what is better than opening a wide open door of the office for the summer, transferring to summer fiesta through the little jokes of the campaign, knowing that you are contributing to the happy ending of our cause – the smiling future of the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria.   The cause   With the funds raised by the campaign, the foundation will support parents in order not to separate with their babies. We will continue to work with children born prematurely, with disabilities or at risk of developing impairment, delay or developmental deviations in order to have a full life and to grow into active and independent individuals. And of course – to have one beautiful, blue summer.   How to participate?   On the page of the campaign you can see the full list of our challenges! Choose 1,2 or even more to dive in a sea full of entertainment! And if you’ve been inspired and you invented a new challenge – share it and don’t forget the hashtag of the company – #Summer_inOffice!   Join today – don’t wait until the end of the campaign – the last day is 31st August. Because before you know, the season will be over. And with the season, you will miss so many opportunities to have fun, to get to know your colleagues and to help more children to have a wonderful childhood.   “Challenge summer in office!”     For more information: 0887 070 268,…

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The Asian festival “The magic of the East” raised 13 380 BGN in support of the cause of “For Our Children” Foundation

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The Saturday’s festival of Asian culture “The magic of the East” raised 13 380 BGN in support of children and families at risk of separation. The amount includes purchased tickets for the charity tombola through the Eventim platform on the festival day, and donations from embassies participating in the all-day event.       To start the festival, special guest was Mrs. Iliyana Yotova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria, who thanked all of the diplomatic missions involved in the organization of the festival, and urged thousands of visitors to dive into the Magic of Asia. She congratulated the 16 participating countries for their commitment to the fate of a lot of vulnerable Bulgarian children, for their choice to dedicate the festival again to this cause and together with “For Our Children” foundation to make less families to separate with their children.   “Events like this festival are the best weapon against the language of hate, against everything that separates us. People want to get to know each other, to touch different cultures and to live in peace and understanding”, said Iliyana Yotova.       Traditionally, special guests and representatives of Asian countries have released 30 white pigeons, a symbol of peace, harmony and understanding.       From 10 am to 8 pm on this hot day of June, the visitors of the festival had the chance to witness unique dance and music performances, to taste the culinary delights of the individual tents of the countries, which impressed with aroma and exotic taste. Once again a huge interest was caused by the non-standard painting-bus, which attracted a lot of young people with an inclination to the street art, who painted along with contemporary Pakistani artists. Among the most attractive events of the festival for the youngest guests were the artistic studios offering traditional art and games from various Asian countries, martial arts demonstrations on stage, outdoor lessons in a world-class dance style – k-pop (Korean pop) and others. Special. There were special attendances by H.E. Mrs. Sri Astari Rasjid and her son who performed a song, as well as the General Manager of Turkish Airlines – Mehmet Gurkaynak, who sang two songs under guitar accompaniment.   The charity tombola, which this year offered more than 50 awards, caused unprecedented interest, the biggest of which was a two-way ticket for two to a selected destination in Asia. Thousands of people, from the youngest children to the oldest visitors, took a part in the tombola by buying a ticket, which, besides bringing them closer to earning one of the exotic awards, gave them the opportunity to contribute to the cause of the festival.       The Foundation was not going to be able to follow its mission without the support of its partners and friends including Iva Doychinova – TV and radio journalist and Peyo Filipov, actor, singer and longtime member of the Consultative Council of the “For Our Children” Foundation, who again took a part in the festival. This year the actor Vladimir Zombori joined the duo.   The festival day ended with a draw on the winning tickets.       “I thank all those who participated in the tombola, the organizers of this unique event, the embassies and their representatives and all of the others who contributed to the charity cause. With your support, our team will be the support of a dozen families at risk of separation, we will give them a hand to cope with the challenges and we’ll be there when they are most vulnerable”, said the deputy executive director of “For Our Children” Foundation – Mariana Taseva.   The foundation believes that each child’s place is in its family and only in a safe family environment children can develop their full potential and have a happy childhood. That’s why, for 27 years, the organization fights for every child never to fall into the loneliness and isolation of institutions, but to live lovingly cared for in a family. Last year, our team prevented the separation of nearly 300 families and their children – the basic principle in the work of our specialists is to be with the parents at the very first moment when they feel vulnerable, alone, insecure. Because sometimes only a friendly hand, advice or direction is needed to overcome the crisis and to stay together.   Check out the winning tickets:…

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Winning numbers from the Charity Tombola of the Asian Festival “The Magic of the East” – June 15, 2019

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  I. Vouchers for a dinner from Restaurant Eisha win tickets with numbers: • 3741 • 0273 • 3756 • 0296 • 2301 • 2101 • 1507 • 000655260300408513500000 • 4385 • 000651450200308513547700 • 3665 • 000651450200408513547700 • 0555 • 0162 • 2118 • 000651450203508513547700 • 000655139600208513500000 • 0209 • 000653362500208513500000 • 000654140500208513500000     II. InGlobo Magazines win tickets with numbers: • 0588 • 4201 • 4004 • 2175 • 0878 • 1525 • 4005 • 4007 • 000651450202008513547700 • 3032     III. Voucher for drawing on boutique ceramics from Matzalo wins ticket with number: • 000655346700308513517200     IV. Voucher for a handmade chocolate products from 13 grams wins ticket with number: • 0088     V. Bio box with natural and high quality products – GOOD BOX wins ticket number: • 000653362500308513500000     VI. Two vouchers for dinner for two from Palivec Beerhouse win tickets with numbers: • 3042 • 000654562500208513500000     VII. Two vouchers for products for home from KREO win tickets with numbers: • 000651450201108513547700 • 000655098400208513500000     VIII. Two vouchers for dinner from Royal Thai win tickets with numbers: • 3146 • 000653485500208513500000     IX. One carton Indonesian culinary delights, provided by Indofood win tickets with numbers: • 0537 • 000655511600108513500000     X. Voucher for Indonesian dinner for two (set menu) from Yati Cooking win ticket with number: • 1531     XI. Glasses form KWIAT win tickets with numbers: • 000653495700108513500000 • 000654968800208513500000 • 000651450201408513547700 • 000654434500108513500000 • 000652821300108513500000     XII. Voucher for Balinese massage from Este Fitness and Spa win tickets with numbers: • 4021 • 0559     XIII. Voucher for Balinese massage from Victoria Spa wins ticket with number: • 2013     XIV. A weekend voucher for two from Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko wins ticket with number: • 00065352530010851350000     XV. Vouchers for a group trip with a yacht for two by Sail With Me wins ticket with number: • 0190     XVI. VIP yacht trip by Sail With Me wins ticket with number: • 0519     XVII. Sailing yacht lesson for two by Sail With Me wins ticket with number: • 0278     XVIII. A two-way ticket for two to a destination in Asia by choice from Turkish Airlines wins a ticket with number: • 3603       You can receive your prize within 30 days from the office of “For Our Children” Foundation, 21, Gyueshevo Str., Sofia, Bulgaria Contact: Dobrina Kisova d.kisova@detebg.org 0884 663…

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Fusion Academy – creativity with a pinch of kindness For Our Children

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Art has the magical ability to express the inner world of the person in a unique and individual way, but it also has other super powers – to unite people and their goals and ideas, to help fight together and to make it easier for us to reach new unsuspected limits of life. With this belief, Fusion Academy mumbles the magic recipe of creativity with a pinch of kindness and for several years it has supported “For Our Children” Foundation in our mission to continue to fight for one of the most important things in our society – the safe and happy childhood in a family.   The founders of the academy, together with their employees, small and big students, stand behind different initiatives of the foundation, unreservedly with a lot of faith that they support a real and meaningful cause since the establishment of our Family Type Placement Center “Family House” in 2015, when we created the colorful paintings on the walls in the babies’ rooms.   “Every child needs love – love comes true in a family!” The slogan of the Art Evening of the Virtues, organized by the Foundation, was an inspiration for the wonderful works of the artists from Fusion Academy. Thanks to them, the guests of the event now have a memory of unique interpretations of what the family is and how important it is for every child.   The always stretched out hand for help to children and families at risk of “For Our Children” foundation and the creative spirit of Fusion Academy share not one and two celebrations and events together, engaging new and new virtues. In February this year, the founders of the academy, Lachezara and Ivo Paskalevi, contributed with their creative energy to the program of the first edition of “Night of hidden talents”- in the name of the cause of the foundation, they demonstrated enviable skills in their Latin dance performance. Together, we also celebrated the 4th birthday of the Academy, during which we presented the cause of the foundation of the students of specialties “Painting” and “Graphics”, and they together in front of everyone’s eyes created a unique canvas, which was again donated to the foundation.   “For Our Children Foundation, it is a real honor to share the holidays with our dear friends from Fusion Academy, to be part of their stage on Christmas or at the end of the year, to see the support of the youngest, for whom it doesn’t matter how a child at risk looks or how it is dressed” shares Dobrina Kisyova from “For Our Children” Foundation, “Fusion Academy and their students are a real example of how to be good, sharing and understanding without expecting anything in return. Every day they help the good to find its place in the busy and grey world, reminding us that everyone carries the creator within himself and can direct his energy into positive affairs”   ————–>>> <<<—————-   For every little artist who will be at the Asian Festival “The Magic of the East” 2019 in Borisova garden, our friends from Fusion Academy have prepared a wonderful workshop. Starting at 15:00, within two hours, big and small will be able to create beautiful paintings that will fit into a single composition that unites the worlds of every little…

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Inspired by “Family House”, project of a girl from third grade won a Kite Projects award 2019

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The good is contagious. There is no age limit for it. With this strong faith and inspired by the work of “For Our Children” Foundation, the ten years old Andrea Zarkova from 3rd grade of the 68th-High School “Acad. Nikola Obreshkov” in Sofia, created a unique project-game.   Last year, with a lot of enthusiasm, the girl organized together with friends two charity bazaars to support children and families with which “For Our Children” Foundation works. At the beginning of April, we welcomed our new ambassador with a smile at Community Support Center “St. Sofia” and at our “Family House”. We told her how we help children not to be separated with their parents and to live, surrounded with love and care in a safe family environment. And her game with Little Silviya from our Family House awakened in Andrea the idea of creating the game “Children Helping Children”.   “In my game we don’t win gold and we don’t kill monsters. In my game we help. We help to children at risk, deprived of parental love or with severe illnesses. The central screen of my project is the “Family House”. As the foundation gave me the opportunity to look at it, my game also lets you peep through its windows or open the door – from there the smaller games start, each of which I dedicated to the various cares in the house. At the beginning of each game there is a little story about children at risk and it ends with instructions on how to play the game. The kite game is played with Microbit – it’s not easy, as it is not easy to care for children with diseases. The book game is both a quiz and a test of the player’s speed and agility. The baby game is sweet. I hope you have fun too!”   With her words “more children would be able to help more and more children at risk” Andrea presented her game-project at the KITE projects 2019 technological event an won a well-deserved award.   Congratulations, Andrea, let there be more awakened good hearts like yours, giving, supporting, creating good … with a smile!     The game “Children Helping Children”: LINK Video: Andrea presents the game to friends:…

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A representative of “For Our Children” Foundation took part in a round table, dedicated to the alternative solution of parental conflicts

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On 03.06.2019 in the Bulgarian Cultural Center, was provided a round table on topic “Analysis of problems in the legal resolution of parental disputes and available good practices”. The event was dedicated to the alternative approaches to solving parental conflicts and it was organized by Professional Association of Mediators in Bulgaria (PAMB) in partnership with National Network for Children (NNC), Social Activities and Practice Institute (SAP), “For Our Children” Foundation and “Parents” Association.   Judges from all over the country took a part in the discussion, representatives of The Ministry of Justice and the Ombudsman, lawyers, mediators, psychologists, social workers and representatives of other institutions. A report on the symptomatic problems in the field of judicial resolutions of parental conflicts and the good practices for their out-of-court addressing was presented and specific solutions have been proposed on how this can be done. The attendees united around the need to raise parents’ awareness of the long-term impact of the conflict on children and creating a unified system approach to dealing with such issues. “The purpose is to build unified multidisciplinary approach to solving parental conflicts, which is going to integrate knowledge from different areas” said lawyer Yuliya Radanova, head of “Experts” on the Project. The president of PAMB – lawyer Eliza Nikolova, stood behind the idea that a different, alternative procedure is needed in which mediation is preceded by the increased awareness of the parties about the impact the conflict has on children’s personality. Mrs. Petya Yanachkoba from the foundation and Georgi Elenkov from PAMB led the discussion on good foreign practices available for out-of-court resolution of parental conflicts and internal and external to the family mechanisms to deal with it.   In conclusion, the participants shared their willingness to work on single instrument for addressing parental conflicts and its implementation with a view to establishing the long-term results that can be achieved in this way.   “Children in focus in the reform of the judiciary” is a project, aimed at reforming the structure and organization of the judiciary in the area of family justice. Its purpose is to develop and pilot an innovative family mediation procedure focusing on the best interests of the child. The project is funded under the Operational Program “Good Governance” by procedure BG05SFOP001 – 3.0003 – “Civil Control over Reform in the Judicial System” with a time limit for execution 18.02.2019 – 18.08.2020…

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Holiday for Children’s Day with “Compass” … on the sea

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On the International Children’s Day – 1st June, “For Our Children” Foundation and our long-time partner “Compass” managed to make happy over 1000 children who visited the specially organized celebration in the Sea Garden in Varna.   Small and big, all of the guests shared the Saturday with the creative professionals from party agency “Malchugan Velikan“, who turned into colorful emoticons, inviting children of all ages to venture soundly into various games and competitions on “Raccoon” stage. But the day was not over with those games. The sea spirit has also been brought over during our colorful feast – the handsome little visitors created paper fish and shells that were shining thanks to the brushes of our artists. With imagination and magic paint, they transformed children into different heroes – some of the world of emoticons, forest occupants and brave superheroes. And in order the mood to be perfect, and the children to have the strength to last, there was also a tasting of delicious pate sandwiches, thanks to “Compass” “Кids breakfast“.     For 9 years, “Compass” has helped “For Our Children” Foundation to fight for the rescue of newborns from abandonment and to provide foster families for children who for one reason or another can’t live with their mothers and fathers. With every tasty pate, the mission of providing a loving family environment for every child in the country is more feasible. In Varna we met many parents and guests of the city who learned more about the foundation’s activities and the ways in which we support children at risk and their families, having the opportunity to support our cause.           It was only one day when all the children who were part of the holiday were happy and smiling in the arms of their family. But let’s not forget that we must take care of the youngest every day, that we should give them our love and our time, giving them invaluable moments of play and entertainment. And in our busy everyday life, we can always take a moment to help children at risk of separation with their families. And one of the easiest ways is by buying “Compass” – “Kids breakfast”, 5% of the proceeds the company donates to our…

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The colorful world of children enchants Sofia on Children’s Day

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It’s 1st June! Our day! Our favorite holiday!   To celebrate the International Children’s Day, “For Our Children” Foundation organizes a festive holiday with many balloons, delicious treats, presents and all sorts of surprises. Our helpers were one of the most loved children’s heroes – Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Langstrump, also known as Pippi Longstocking, and a delicious purple lollipop – Miss Tutti Frutti. To meet our most special guests, from Disney’s world has arrived and Mickey Mouse, ready for a real celebration.   To make the day even more fabulous, a magician arrived from the distant city of the Soap bubbles, which filled our entire yard with colorful soap creations.     In a painting studio the little artists poured their creativity into colorful paintings, and with their miraculous brushes and paints Pippi and Tutti Frutti drew the faces of all children. The boys imperceptibly turned into Batman and Spiderman, and the girls, with crowns and butterflies on their cheekbones, became real princesses.     All this happened while the voices of the talented children from the children vocal group “Smehorancheta” intertwined in beautiful children’s songs that were heard through 9 buildings in the 10th.     And of course, what would be a child’s holiday without an appetizing “feast”, as it is in all the palaces and kingdoms of fairy tales. An infinitely delicious ice cream, warming up all the senses, chocolate waffles, jelly bears, hand-made cookies and a unique cake await all of our guests.     “I am very excited that today I have the opportunity to be here with you. It is a honor for me to celebrate today’s celebration, in which we respect the right of every child to have a happy childhood, with all of you – the guardians of this right, the people who, with a lot of hard work and genuine concern to the most vulnerable members of our society, do everything this right to be respected and all children in Bulgaria to grow happily in a safe family environment”, said the Executive Director of “For Our Children” Foundation in the field of Integrated and Social Services -Mariana Taseva.       For our magical celebration was heard from a lot of our partners and friends, who also wanted to join us to celebrate the children’s holiday together. Our special guests were Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Zornitsa Rusinova, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Denitsa Sacheva, Eva Zhecheva, Director of the Children’s Rights Directorate to the Ombudsman, as well as representatives of the diplomatic sector in Bulgaria. We also received congratulations from the Minister of Health – Kiril Ananiev.           “I thank to “For Our Children” Foundation for the support of the children and families and for combining all services into one and for having a common purpose – all of the children in Bulgaria to follow their dreams and to be happy” – said deputy Minister Rusinova.           “Our children are our biggest teachers. I wish we, as parents, to keep their curiosity, to be as fearless as they are when we have to discover new things, to have their kind words and thoughts, so we can be their strength and support” – said deputy minister Denitsa Sacheva to the parents, who was our guest together with her son. To the children she wished to be healthy, happy and to study in order to succeed.         This holiday wouldn’t’ have been so magical without the support of Sofia Municipality. Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria, Coca Cola, “Cake Box”, “Vega Cakes”, “Serenata” waffles, “Jimmy’s” ice cream, children vocal group “Smehorancheta” and all of our donors and…

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The holiday of For Our Children in Plovdiv was magical

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This year traditionally, with a lot of happy games, surprises, delicious treats and a cake, “For Our Children” Foundation and friends celebrated the International Children’s Day in Plovdiv. The magical holiday was our gift for all children and families our team from Community Support Center “For children and parents” works with.   Animators, fairy-tale characters and DJ were entertaining the children. The good mood was maintained by the sunny boys and girls from kindergarten “Zaharno petle” and the 11-years old girl Agleya Kaneva from Art Voice Centre.   Many of our friends and donors from the corporate sector, as well as representatives of local institutions, “Child Protection” Departments, the Regional Directorates “Social Assistance”. For the first time, many of the foster families joined our festival, which, thanks to our good partnership with Plovdiv Municipality, received our support from last year, have the opportunity to attend various upgrading trainings to make them even better at caring for children.   “It is our belief that foster care is a chance for many children not to fall into the isolation of institutions but to have a real family to give them individual care, attention and love. We thank them for their dedication to this tough mission” said Lina Samandova, Regional Manager in Plovdiv.   The Turkey’s General Consul in Plovdiv – Hussein Ergani, was also with us in order to celebrate the Day of the Child.   In order to congratulate children, families and our team in Plovdiv, where 27 years ago the Foundation has begun its journey, came the newest member of our Board – Aneliya Dimova.   “To me children are what makes life beautiful. There is no better moment than the childish smile and the glowing eyes of the curiosity and the endless questions of the little child, its stubbornness to climb the next challenge and to share the joy with its closest people.” she said. And turning to the guests, she added “Thank you for your presence here, motivating us even more strongly to be the support of hundreds of children and parents who need us, to give a chance for the development of Bulgarian children and an opportunity for their parents to be successful in their difficult task. Dear guests, small and big, entertain, smile, be happy at this wonderful children’s holiday!”   Every child deserves to have a happy childhood filled with a bunch of holidays! Let’s together make it happen!         We would like to thank all of our partners, without whom the holiday wouldn’t have been possible! Gifts for all children in the form of toys were donated free of charge by BART and backpacks – from language centers “Helen Doron”. “Svetlina Manufacture Confectionery” – Ivan Stanilov, made sure there are a lot of sweets for the guests. Delicious waffles – from “Serenata”, ice cream – cakes “Chochko“, and the unique two cakes were donated to us specifically for the holiday from “Leksi” Supermarket. And this year, Coca Cola took care of the water and juices for the guests of our holidays in Plovdiv and Sofia. Thank…

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NNC insists on leadership and in-depth debate on child and family policies

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Among the possible solutions are the broadcasting of a child and family minister and a child ombudsman – that was announced during a press conference by the Network, held in 12 cities across the country.   Bulgaria needs leadership and responsibility for better coordinating child and family policies. This was stated by representatives of the National Network for Children during a press conference, which took place in Sofia and in 10 other cities in the country.   “Debates in recent months have shown it is time for Bulgaria to take more responsibility for children and families in Bulgaria”, said Georgi Bogdanov, Executive Director of the National Children’s Network during the event. “We as a group of 152 organizations working with and for children and families – professional and parental associations, are asking this today for Bulgaria to be a better place to live and develop children and families to be more relaxed and supported in the care for their children” he added.   In order this to happen, and to bring the child and family policies to the fore, we propose to set up a Minister of child and family. We think his or her task should be to provide a comprehensive approach to the problems faced by children and families. This leader should lead the public debate, unite, coordinate and offer policies that meet the different needs of the different children and their families in the Council of Ministers, together with all the ministers and state agencies, according to the National Network for Children.   This would be an expression of commitment of the state to families and a focus on family support as the best place for children. Currently in Bulgaria there are over 20 different normative acts, plans and strategies that regulate and plan the support, which makes it fragmented and even sometimes the policies in the different sectors – education, health care, social care – contradict. 91% of the parents that the National Network for Children consulted 3 years ago, believe that government policy which supports families is ineffective. A substantial part of their criticism is related to the lack of quality childcare services and to the resources allocated by the state to support families. In addition, the structures responsible for policies in support of children and families don’t have the necessary powers or are not positioned to assert their commitments. There is a lack of coordination between the different institutions. This leaves the policies of children and families stagnant and even sometimes in regress such as quality of parental support and especially in dealing with cases of children in need of protection. The most common recommendations we hear from children and their parents during the preparation of our annual “Notebook” report are related to the fact that there is a huge gap between state institutions and people. Very often people don’t think they are heard and don’t believe something can change. In recent months, it is obvious that public trust in state institutions in terms of policies for children and families is extremely low. That’s why it is necessary to have a clear plan on what state support policy for the family is to provide support and support to all children and parents.   But to have a Minister of Child and Family is not enough. There is a need for an institution to monitor both its work and the work of all state institutions concerning children and families. That is why we insist on the Ombudsman for the child, whose role would be to advocate for children’s rights and to solve the problems that parents encounter, including potential violations by state institutions. Bulgaria is one of the few countries in Europe that has no ombudsman responsible for children. This puts children’s questions in competition with a number of other issues – about steam prices, the working conditions of adults, etc. and accordingly, many of the problems remain not only unresolved, but also not on the agenda. Creating the position of the child ombudsman will make it possible for children’s interests to be a real task for the state, and because the good life of the children is inextricably linked to the good life of families – and to the parents themselves.   If Bulgaria has a Minister for Child and Family, he can be a leader and assert the rights and interests of children and families in all systems – health, education, social, justice and etc. This will result in greater integration and improved coordination and interaction to meet the needs of children and families. These include the creation of opportunities for parents’ economic development and support for a better standard of living and active inclusion especially of women and mothers, policies to reconcile work and private life, ensuring equal access to support for all children and parents, regardless of status, income and risk; connection between family and school, and between school and social support; regulating tax concessions; promoting and facilitating other sectoral policies – energy, transport and cultural policies. Serious strengthening of the child protection system is also needed. If we have a Minister, he will be able to provide the Parliament a better basis for developing legislative changes and social policies and participate in planning for government investment in children and support for parents – budgeting the costs of child and family support.   “We from the National Children’s Network believe that investing in children and parents is no less important than investing in the country’s economy and gross domestic product. A better implementation of policies for children and families requires both leadership and a clear financial commitment to ensure that they won’t just remain on paper.” – that was announced by the National Network for Children.       National Network for Children is a reunion of 152 civic organizations and adherents working with and for children and families across the country, including “For Our Children” Foundation. Promoting, protecting and respecting the rights of the child are part of the key principles that unite us. In 2018, organizations members of the National Children’s Network supported 74,000 children and their families with their work. 4 500 specialists working with children and families throughout Bulgaria (teachers, psychologists, police officers, judges, social workers) were supported by NNC organizations through trainings, consultations and joint activities. If you want to keep up-to-date on child and family information, join the new Facebook group “For a Better State of Our Children”.    …

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Our Board of Trustees has new inspirational members

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Four new “powers” joined the team of the Board of Trustees of “For Our Children” foundation. In the fulfilling of our difficult mission, we rely on the strategic support of our Board of Trustees – a community of people who put their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm into the development of the organization and the success of our activity.   The more and more expanding needs and spheres of support for children at an early age, as well as the need for a quality change in policies, which guarantee their rights, provoked us to expand the members of the Board of Trustees and also the spheres of influence and the guarantees that the children of Bulgaria will have all rights and opportunities for development and happy childhood.   After an opened selection and long meetings with the candidates, our current presidents – Silviya Tsanova, Kapka Stoikova and Georgi Kamov decided these 4 new “superheroes” to join the team.   Who are they? Why and how they share our causes? Ekaterina Panova   Ekaterina Panova is a journalist, editor, psychologist, photographer and a good parent. She has worked as a reporter and editor in news agencies for more than 15 years. At the moment she is a political reporter at BTA and author of the blog “Where the heart lives”.   “As a mother and a person with a big heart, I face a disrespectful attitude towards children every day – it looks like adults in different roles and uniforms seem to forget what is like to be a child. This makes me feel really sad and at the same time it makes me strive for change. The kind words, the gentle smiles and the warm hugs don’t spoil. On the contrary – they sow goodness in every child’s soul. When we respect the children as individuals, when we are interested in their opinions and respect their desires, they develop their potential in the most useful for them and for the society way. I believe that the loved and supported children are our better future. That’s why I gratefully accepted the invitation to be part of “For Our Children” foundation, so we can together multiply our love.” Aneliya Dimova   Aneliya Dimova has many years of managerial experience in the field of managing people in large multinational companies and part of her responsibilities include corporate social responsibility management policies. She also involves and manages projects, aimed at helping local communities, children with special needs and educational projects.   “To me, children make life meaningful. There is no bigger moment than the one when you see the smiles of the children and their shining eyes on the other side, the curiosity and the endless questions of the little оne, its stubbornness to climb the next challenge and to share the happiness from the achievement with the closest people. “For Our Children” foundation is a platform and a team, working to provide a supportive environment for children and families in need. It is a great honor to give my personal contribution to this cause.”     Gergana Ivanova   Gergana Ivanova is managing partner of The Smarts communication group, Paragraph 42 PR Agency, IGMedia, Shoot. As the head of one of the strongest creative agencies on the market, Gergana is perfectly aware of the need of every good cause to be explained and to reach people in the most emotional and convincing way. She has been a supporter of the causes of “For Our Children” foundation for many years. Apart from being an individual donor, Gergana and her team support all of the foundation’s campaigns, by giving messages and visions of the causes it fights for.   “I believe in the power of Good and its final victory. Children are the personification of this Good. The most important thing which is worth fighting for every day. I believe that the more we listen to children, their voices and unadulterated wisdom, the better chance we give to the Good to win.”     Metodiya Chadikovski   Dr. Metodiya Chadikovski is a formal general manager of Roche Bulgaria. Currently he has an international role in Roche and with his work he helps the women with breast cancer to fight the disease. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield, UK.   “I don’t think there is something more important than my family. That’s why I am really happy there is such a foundation in support of our children. As a parent, I realize my importance in my children’s lives and I accept any care for children, who need it, to be extremely meaningful and important. It is my honor to support “For Our Children” Foundation and to contribute to their success.”   We are glad that people with sensitivity to social causes join our Board of Trustees – people who are motivated to work and for whom the rights of children are a mission, who believe that INVESTING ON TIME in children is a guarantee for success! Welcome to our…

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PwC Bulgaria in support of “For Our Children” Foundation

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We are one step closer to fulfill our big dream – to open a Complex for Early Childhood Development in Sofia and Plovdiv. Thanks to the donation of the „PricewaterhouseCoopers” Company, “For Our Children” Foundation already has some of the furniture and materials needed for the future buildings – interior doors, building elements, desks, shelves, racks and more.   With this really good gesture, the international company shows that it’s not only professional in quality auditing, consultancy and tax services, but also in realization of good.   Thank you, PwC Bulgaria for make it possible to support more children to have an equal chance to develop their full…

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“For Our Children” Foundation won an award from the Bulgarian NGO’s Portal

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On an official ceremony for the second consecutive year “For Our Children” Foundation won an award in the category “Most publications at ngo.org in 2018” from The Information Portal of Nongovernmental Organizations in Bulgaria.   We thank to the NGObg.org portal for giving us a place where we can share the good. In order to motivate more and more people.   A famous parable tells how one man goes to the beach after a harsh storm and sees how another one is throwing sea stars in the sea. “But they are so many. You can’t save all of the stars, they are thousands. You won’t be able to change the things.” The man took another sea star in his hands, threw it and said – “yes, but look – I change the faith of this one.”   Every good story, every good work, deserves to be shared.   The good news were not going to exist without the people who made them possible. “For Our Children” Foundation has a really good team – people with experience, people with high professionalism but the most important thing – people who live with the thought every child in Bulgaria to live in a security environment. People, who are so much acquainted with the cause of the organization that they are experiencing every single case and every faith that touches them.   The good doesn’t like to be…

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Who is a friend was discussed by students, together with the team of “For Our Children” Foundation

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Our training course for tolerance and friendship has passed with a lot of emotions with the students from two of the 3rd grade classes of Vasil Levski Primary School in Rogosh, Plovdiv. Chief Expert Early Childhood Development – Tsvetelina Ganeva and the social workers Stela Aleksandrova and Margarita Cherneva from The Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” did their best to gain the knowledge of the students related to the emotional intelligence, the ways to cope with an aggressive behavior and the building a positive relationship between each other.   The pedagogues from the school connected our specialist with a request to share with the children more about the good ways to express our feelings, on the base of their expertise, so that we don’t offend or hurt the others. And also how to be more tolerant of the differences between us.   Right from the beginning of the training sessions, we created together some group rules. In order to remember them better, we played a several games – exercises with the students. The most interesting for the children was the discussion for the best friends and for the qualities they need to have.     Here are some of the descriptions of a friend, which were given by the children:    He has to be good and to help me in difficult moments, to play together..  To drive bikes together..  We have to help each other and to play together..  The best friends are not only boys, they can be girls too..  Ivan is giving me ideas..  My best friend plays football, watches movies and wants to become a goalkeeper one day. If he does, I would be really happy for him..  You have to share with your best friend secrets and he has to keep them safe..  My best friend’s name is Stani. We both go to visit his grandmother together. He always helps me in difficult times. When we fight is just for one minute, He is the person who helps me and I believe he won’t let me down if I share him a secret.  My best friend’s name is Mariya. Once I struggled with a task and she helped me. We love playing hide and seek.   The loneliness is one of the most common problems in today’s “digital childhood”. The sooner we start building an atmosphere of tolerance for our children, give them a chance to say what they need to say, in order to hear their opinion, the earlier we would be able to prevent future forms of aggression. It’s important for children to recognize the different emotions – both theirs and those of others. This way the children build positive relationships, teamwork and cooperation.   We are looking forward to hear what the bigger children think on topics, related to the emotional intelligence. To be continued..     P.S. all of the names of the children in the material have been replaced by fictional ones in order to keep their true identity in…

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Hunt for Eater eggs for Our Children

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In the days before the bright Easter holiday, “For Our Children” Foundation surprised all of the children and families it works with, with Easter eggs hunting.   Under the sounds of spring melodies, in the company of a good weather and warm sun lights, and encouraged by a real Easter rabbit, the children and their parents enjoyed the Easter adventure. All of the guests who has an Easter spirit and a research flair, had the opportunity to take a part in the searching of more than 150 hand-decorated, unique Easter eggs, which were made by the team of the organization earlier that day.   In addition to the Hunt, we were prepared a colorful program to tell our little and big friends for the Easter traditions, how to celebrate the holiday and how to greet the other people during the three days of Easter. The answers of the children of the question “Why the first egg has to be red?” were a lot and all of them were different. Some of them were “Because this is my favorite color” or “that’s what my grandmother said” until we heard “the right” answer, which was given by one of the biggest kids – “because it symbolizes God and his blood”. We told them some not so popular traditions in Bulgaria and the most interesting for the children was the legend for the Easter rabbit. Maybe because they heard it from him – how on the first day of Easter, even before the dew rose, he jumps from a garden to garden and leaves colorful eggs for the owners of every house, in order their year to be good and happy.   Even though the children were really tired, they participated in the Easter limbo and dances, with witch the holiday rolled to its end.   Apart from all of the eggs they had discovered, the little “goldsmiths” came home with a lot of presents, balloons and candies, but also with one red Easter egg. With this present, the Foundation’s team wished all of the families to be healthy and to greet the holiday in the warmth of their homes together.       Every child deserves to have a happy childhood, full of special moments, holidays and traditions! We share the same view with our partners from Raiffeisenbank. Without the support of their charity initiative “Choose to help”, the event “Hunt for Easter eggs For Our Children” was not going to be possible. We are thankful from our…

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The country with an assessment of 3.5 for the achievements in the area of the early childhood development

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Today, on the presentation of the “Notebook 2018” report, prepared by the National Network for children, it became clear that the average assessment of the country for its efforts towards early childhood development, is 3.5. That was announced by Vanya Kaneva, team leader Advocacy and Projects of “For Our Children” Foundation and author of the research document section, dedicated to the early childhood development. Besides this area, Kaneva also presented the results on the topics “Child Health” and “Education”.   “The Notebook” carries out an annual monitoring of the commitments made by the institutions, concerning children’s rights. It is being developed by experts in relevant fields and for a third consecutive year it includes the opinion of hundreds of children, young people, parents and professionals. This year’s leading topic is the rights of the children with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and another 8 key topics, which are being considered in order to fully cover the children’s rights, are the child welfare, protection of all of the forms of violence, early childhood development, child health, education, family environment and alternative care, child justice and child participation. The report also includes recommendations that would improve the existing policies and practices.   The assessment of the efforts of the country, related to the early childhood development, was introduced as a separate part of the report in the preparation of its past edition. This is due to the recognition of importance and the bringing of the early childhood development in the foreground, as a priority by the Bulgarian state institutions, including the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.   Although in 2018 was taken an action to develop a National Strategy for Early Childhood Development, by accepting which are expected the problems in the three areas – health, education and social, to be addressed and to regulate the interaction between them, the report makes clear that the provision of universal and integrated services for early childhood development is insufficient. The challenges are the lack of coordination between the different systems, family-oriented approach and support for parents, the absence of policy for the leisure time and cultural activities of the children, the lack of adequate policies and measures, targeting the children with disabilities and development difficulties.   Among the main recommendations of the experts in the area are the accepting of the Strategy for Early Childhood Development and its recognizing as a broad platform for joint actions between all of the institutions, introduction of patronage care, introduction in the legal framework of the World Health Organization’s 2016 recommendations for tracking the pregnancy, introduction in practice of the unite standards for the early childhood development, changing the approach in the care for children in the kindergartens, ensuring the sustainability of the early childhood development and expanding the network of services for early childhood intervention.   The assessment in the field of “Family Environment and Alternative Care” has risen from 2.53 to 3.5. This is mainly due to the fact that the closure of specialized institutions for children continues and in 2018 the placement of children without disabilities until the age of 3, was officially suspended in the Homes for Medical and Social Care for Children. During the year, it is actively working on two new major projects – The Social Services Act and the Disability Act. Some regulatory changes were made in order to expand and develop the social services provided in the community.   The highest rating experts give to the state’s efforts in terms of education – 4.00, and the lowest – for the successes in the field of “Justice for Children” – 2.5, which is also the lowest from the first edition of the report until now (in 2012 it is 3.56).   “The Notebook” is going to be sent to the state institutions and meetings are about to be initiated, during which the recommendations of the report would be addressed to the decision-makers at political…

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LR Global Kids Fund choose to support the children in our “Family House” again

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For six years in Family Type Placement Center “Family House” of “For Our Children” Foundation, we give a second chance to the children, deprived of parental care, we change fates, we make the miracles come true .. thanks to the support of our partners, the main among which is LR Global Kids Fund. 45 children today live in a family and have a chance for a happy childhood and good life, thanks to the donated 129 000 BGN in the period.   In Saturday on a special event for its best distributors and partners, the international foundation has announced that it will continue to support the professionals of “For Our Children” Foundation by providing opportunities for babies and children from 0 to 3 years, deprived of parental care, to grow and develop fully.   With the raised funds – a percentage of the sale of their products. As well as the double LR donations from their individual donors, LR Global Kids Fund supports causes in the countries where it works. In Bulgaria, they chose the most vulnerable – the children, who are waiting for home and family, the children supported by “For Our Children” Foundation.   We are thankful to our friends from LR! In Saturday we saw a strong flame in their eyes – a flame of good, of sharing, of giving, of love and hope. Let the flame continue to “burn” in many more eyes, uniting us with more and more partners in the fulfillment of our dream – a happy childhood in a family for every…

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The charity concert of the children from 32nd “St. Kliment Ohridski” School attracted dozens of guests and raised 450 BGN

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More than 450 BGN were raised by the charity concert which was organized by the children from 32nd “St. Kliment Ohridski” School one week before Easter.     The children from tenth grade, with class supervisor – Mrs. Lyubina Ivanova, together with another young talents from the choir “Bulgarian Nightingale” from “Dr. Petar Beron 1926” Community Center, with supervisors Neolina Pelova and Nadezhda Tsankova, and vocal group of students from 32nd “St. Kliment Ohridski” School with supervisor Iliyana Trayanova. All of them entertained the full of guests hall by singing popular Bulgarian and foreign songs. They also turned into different roles, and in the end finished their performance with Bulgarian traditional dance – “horo”, because as they said: “Horo is a Bulgarian dance and we are helping to the children of Bulgaria!”   This initiative is not the first time when the children from the metropolitan school are giving us a hand. It all started last year, at Christmas, when they gave up on their gifts and gave a chance to another children, deprived of maternal love, fatherly support, whose life begins with rejection, to feel the magic of the Christmas holidays.   After that, on another beloved and real Bulgarian holiday – Baba Marta, the girls and the boys invested all of their creative energy and enthusiasm in the making of more than 400 martenitzi. The unique red and white creations we gave to some of our true partners and friends in order to thank them for the trust and support.   And we reached today’s concert, through which, with the help of these amazing kids, we will help to a lot of their peers, and even younger children, to grow loved in a safe family environment.   The children from 32nd “St. Kliment Ohridski” School and others like them, are our inspiration for 27 years to fight for the right of every child to grow and to develop in a family, surrounded by love and care! They are the proof that there is no age limit for the good! It only needs a good…

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For the second consecutive year the Asian Culture Festival supports “For Our Children” Foundation

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The third edition of the Asian Festival will be held on June 15 from 10:00 to 20:00 in the Borisova Garden Park in Sofia. The event – The Magic of the East, will present traditional art and culture from 16 countries of the continent of the rising sun, united under one cause – the safe family environment for all of the children and support for parents from their first moment.   “According to us, the future for the children around the world is among the most important areas, in which our societies should invest resources. Our communities unite not only to demonstrate the richness, diversity and unity of the Asian culture, but also to contribute to the brighter future of the children in Bulgaria.” – says H.E. Sri Astari Rasjid – Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Republic of Bulgaria.   This year the festival will offer more than a rich and colorful program with dance performances, musical, theatrical and martial arts of the summer stage. The exhibition tents of each embassy will offer souvenirs-unique, accessories, exotic foods and beverages, the funds from the sale of which “For Our Children” Foundation will invest in supporting vulnerable families at risk of separation and will save from abandoning at least 15 children at an early age.   The festival is free but invites the visitors to participate in the traditional charity tombola, by purchasing a ticket with which they will contribute to the cause. The participants in the tombola will be able to win a prize from the numerous partners, who are also donors of the festival, including the biggest prize – a two-way ticket for two to an Asian country, provided by the long-time partner of the event – Turkish Airlines.   “We are thankful to the participants and the organizers of the Asian Festival, and especially to H.E. Sri Astari Rasjid – the main initiator of the event, that for the second time they trust us and support us in our mission to give confidence to the families, in order to overcome the difficulties and to stay together. Because only the family can give a stable basis for the successful development of the child and only in a family it can get an equal chance and to enjoy a fulfilling life.” says Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of “For Our Children” Foundation.   With more then 16 400 BGN raised from the last year’s festival, the foundation’s team encouraged the development of 48 children in foster families, including children with special needs, giving them the opportunity to visit sports and summer camps, green school, to enjoy theatrical productions and to develop their imagination in the art-shops and other activities.   More about this year’s edition of the Asian Fate of the East, see HERE or at Instagram at @asianfestivalsofia.         The Asian Culture Festival in Sofia was held for the first time in Bulgaria in 2017, thanks to the mutual cooperation of twelve Asian embassies and honorary consulates, and thanks to the kind support of State Cultural Institute to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism and Metropolitan Municipality of the Republic of Bulgaria. The upcoming third edition – “The Magic of the East” aims to reunite the diplomatic community in Bulgaria, to serve as a bridge between cultures, to create an environment of partnership, friendship and…

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For Our Children Foundation and another 4 Bulgarian organizations participated in the general meeting of the Eurochild international network

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On 17 and 18 April in Brussels, The Eropean Children’s Network “Eurochild“ organized the 15th General Assembly. “For Our Children” Foundation is also a member of Eurochild – on behalf of the organization, participation in the annual meeting takes Dimitar Ivanchev – project coordinator. Except for “For Our Children” Foundation, more 147 representatives of organizations participated in the meeting, including the Bulgarian ones – The Cedar Foundation, National Network for Children, Social Activities and Practice Institute, Know-How Center for Alternative Care for Children – New Bulgarian University.   Eurochild has a total of 171 organizations from over 30 countries, sharing a common focus – the well-being of the children and respect for children’s rights. Following the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the network wants the children’s rights to be in the center of policy development at local and international level.   Every year the network allows new organizations – defenders of the children’s rights. Traditionally, the first day of the meeting started with introduction of the new members and went on to discuss how the European Union is contributing to the efforts of the Member States for the successful respect of the children’s rights and how Eurochild can participate in the policy-making, which is going to help the EU to achieve this. Speakers during the day were Valeria Setti, coordinator at the Child Rights Directorate of the European Commission, the Deputy Chairperson of the Children with Disabilities and Social Inclusion Unit – Josefin Hederstrom and Stefan Hermans – Director of Policy and Policy Assessment of the Eropean Commission.   Workshops were held during the second day, in which the participants exchange views and ideas on various issues, one of which was related to the deinstitutionalization and realization of the second strategic goal of Eurochild – no more children in institutions in Europe.   Participation in the discussions took also a record number of children aged 13 to 17 years with which the network want to encourage child involvement in making important decisions and to show that recognize the children as active agents of change and that their opinion is really important.         The pictures used in the material belong to Eurochild….

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Students organize a charity concert “Together For Our Children”

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Under the words “Together For Our Children”, the students from 10th grade of 32 Central School with Study of Foreign Languages “St. Kliment Ohridski” and their friends organize a charity concert in order to support the mission of “For Our Children” Foundation. The event will take place on 20.04.2019, 17:30 at Cultural club “Dr. Petar Beron” in the Ivan Vazov neighborhood, Sofia. The concert will unite on one stage the creative aim of the students to awake the good and the cause of the foundation – every child to be loved and to experience its childhood in a secure family environment.   Staging, made by the students and songs of the vocal groups of the cultural club will cheer the audience. The atmosphere will be filled with the enthusiasm of the young people in their desire to help the younger and helpless children, who didn’t receive the happiness and the opportunity to develop their potential in a real family.   Everyone is welcome. Against only 5 lv we can contribute not only to the cause of the boys and the girls from 32 Central School with Study of Foreign Languages “St. Kliment Ohridski”, but also to encourage them to continue to pursue their mission in the future.   There is no age limit for the good! “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela…

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For the fourth consecutive year Citibank – Bulgaria supports foster children and families

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For the fourth consecutive year Citibank – Bulgaria supports “For Our Children” Foundation and showed us that the development and the happy childhood in a safe family environment is a value that unites us. With the $ 20,000 donation we will continue to help a lot of foster children and families but we will also organize a campaign to find new foster families, who will be able to give a second chance for a childhood In a family for a lot of children.   The support of Citibank-Bulgaria is really important for the development and the high quality of the foster care. The financial institution provides between 30 and 40% of the resources, which allows us to provide additional services for foster children and families – visit by doctors in emergency accommodation, additional experts – psychologist, specialist “Early Childhood Intervention”, and for the children with disabilities or developmental difficulties – rehabilitation, specialized therapy and medication. With the cooperation of Citibank Bulgaria, the foster children also enjoy various socializing activities – sports and summer camps, art studios, excursions to natural and historical sights, visits to museums, picnics in the nature, etc., which develop their talents and skills. During the past year, we organized 5 additional upgrading trainings for foster parents that we support, in order to improve their knowledge and to be even better in the care for children.   The team of Citibank-Bulgaria also support our activity, they even involve their friends and families. Over 40 employees, together with their relatives, helped us to bring the fence to our social service centers to life within the global voluntary initiative of the bank, and for the start of the school year they renewed our base with specialized developmental toys needed for the work of our specialists with the foster children. In addition, employees also make regular donations in the form of adapted milk and clothing. They are also our dear guests and supporters of events and holidays such as Children’s Day, Evening of Virtues and Christmas.   At the end of 2018, this partnership received the recognition of Sofia Municipality – together we won the first prize in the category “Social partnership with business” in the first “Annual awards for good practices in the area of social services” of the municipality.   “We are so proud of our partnership with “For Our Children” Foundation and we are really happy because in 2019 we will support their team again in order to make the life of the most helpless children in Bulgaria better. The whole team of Citibank is committed to the cause and believes that even with small but significant actions, together we can contribute for the positive and real change in the lives of the foster children.” says Stanislava Taneva, Managing Director of Citibank Bulgaria.   We are thankful that we have the trust and the support of Citibank-Bulgaria – a partner, who realizes how important is for the children to live in a safe and developmental family environment from their very first day. Thanks to such sustainable partnerships, over the past year, we managed to save 51 children deprived of parental care from living in an institution. They have received love and individual attention from 36 loving foster families, which we support….

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Welcome to a free lecture “First Care for the Newborn” in April in Plovdiv

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Dear mothers and fathers, the team of The Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” in Plovdiv of “For Our Children” Foundation, and University Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment Plovdiv have the pleasure to invite you again to a free MEETING-DEMONSTRATION:   FIRST CARE FOR THE NEWBORN   WHEN: 18.04.2019 /Thursday/ WHERE: University Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment Plovdiv ADDRESS: Bulgaria Blvd. 234, floor 1, meeting room START: 17:00 WHO: Dr. Diana Argirova, pediatrician and neonatologist GIFT from “For Our Children” Foundation: A book about the mother and the baby   You will learn:- How to bathe the baby – How to feed it properly – How to take care of the skin of the newborn – Some other interesting and important details   We know it’s not easy to be a mother or a father. This is learned with time. We would be very happy to be useful with what we know and can do..   PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Subscriptions for participation: 032/ 943 444 or 0885 764 838 Contact person: Stella Alexandrova, Social worker at Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” in Plovdiv.   We are expecting…

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Celebrate Easter with a cause “For Our Children”

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It’s April. The spring is in the air. The first blooming trees remind us the winter is already gone. Everything is awakening for a new life. The warm southern wind carries the smell of homemade Easter bread and the children are looking forward to Thursday or Saturday when they will be dying eggs with the whole family. It’s Easter .. in just a few weeks!   However, for some children this day is not great, it is not so important, it doesn’t make the children wait for it impatiently. It’s not the time when the whole family is together to celebrate one of the holiest holidays. One of these children, whose life started far from his real family, is Veselin – waited and desired, the only son who came to light on Easter. But the day is becoming dark when Vesko is taken away from the hands of his father – Valentin – somewhere where he would “share” the love of some unknown women with other abandoned children. Which Vesko is not.     Valentin and the team of “For Our Children” Foundation were fighting for three years for the returning of Vesko at home. We are so happy the boy is going to celebrate this Easter and his fourth birthday with his family – they will be dying beautiful eggs together and they will make the most delicious Easter bread ever. Why it will be the most delicious? Because his father is a baker and when a great handful of love is added to the bake, everything becomes more delicious.   For the children like Vesko and their families, “For Our Children” Foundation launches the “Easter for a child at risk” campaign. Everyone can take a part and give a chance to at least 20 girls and boys to develop their full potential in a safe family environment. Until the end of April you can organize with your friends, family or colleagues charity bazaar or other initiative and donate the funds for the children at risk we work with. You can organize a competition for the most delicious Easter bread, exhibition of the most beautiful egg in order to show your creative skills and after that you can test their strength in a traditional fight with eggs – a lot of ideas and endless imagination, especially when we are united under the same cause – the development and the happy childhood of the children at an early age.   If you already have another plans for Easter, you can always make your contribution by donating online on our site. Because a lot of families and their children still need yours and our help!   For more information: contact Snezhanka Marinkova, senior expert “Campaigns and Communications” by phone 0887 070 268 or by e-mail: s.marinkova@detebg.org     For Our Children Foundation is a Bulgarian non-governmental organization, which supports Bulgarian children at risk since 1992. Since its inception, the foundation has supported over 12,800 children and families at risk. In 2018 our experts worked with over 1 400 children and families in the Community Support Centers in Sofia and Plovdiv, Foster Care Center and Family Type Placement Center “Family House”….

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PROFI CREDIT and “For Our Children” Foundation back together for more happy faces

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For the fifth consecutive year, PROFI CREDIT stands next to “For Our Children” Foundation in our mission to ensure that every child is loved and lives in a safe family environment. The company made a donation of 10 000 BGN In the following months the foundation will invest the money in supporting children and their families to cope with the challenges they face.   PROFI CREDIT is in a partnership with “For Our Children” Foundation from 2015 and ever since then it has supported the programs, carried out by the Foundation through the social services centers in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv. The company supports us not only financially but it is also an ambassador of our cause and with the help of its employees, partners and clients, it doesn’t stop searching for new adherents, who believe that children deserve an equal chance and opportunity to develop their full potential.   “We are connected with “For Our Children” Foundation by our partnership, which purpose is focused on the most important thing – the bright future of children. I hope with the support of PROFI CREDIT Bulgaria, you will be able to preserve the completeness of more and more families and together we will give a chance for a happy childhood to more children at risk,” said the Executive Director of PROFI CREDIT Bulgaria – Svetoslav Nikolov, during the annual National Trade Conference of the company.   Through the years, PROFI CREDIT expanded the scope of its cooperative support and included its employees by presenting them the opportunity to take a part in different initiatives. In 2017 and 2018 the company organized actions to raise material donations in support of large families the foundation worked with. Volunteers prepared packages for newborns, the funds for which were completely covered by PROFI CREDIT. They contained things of first necessity with which the parents can safely welcome the new member of the family – clothes, bottles, teats, baby cosmetics, adapted milk and other things. In January 2018, the company deducted 5 BGN from each granted credit in support of children in need.   We are really happy to have a partner like PROFI CREDIT, which realizes how important it is for a child to receive care and attention, to be loved and to grow up in a family. Thanks to such sustainable partnerships, we were able to support over 1200 children and families in the past…

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“For Our Children” Foundation with an award from “Project of the Year” initiative by Tulip Foundation

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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…

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“Family Bread Making” or the art of making bread

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During the weekend, before one of the brightest Christian celebrations – The Annunciation, “For Our Children” Foundation organized the first “Family Bread Making” for some of our donors and their children.   Why “Family Bread Making”? Bread accompanies people throughout their entire life – from early age to the end. It’s a symbol of the family. To knead bread, to respect the traditions and to respect the bread – a lesson, which is transmitted from grandmother to granddaughter, from mother to daughter. Bread is a magical connection between generations. Bread and its making unite the small and “the big” children. Every bread is an independent piece of art. The old bread masters say that the recipe for a nice homemade bakery includes mastery but mostly desire, a good heart and a pinch of love. These are also some of the most important “ingredients” you need to be a good person.   In order to thank our most dedicated donors for the trust and support, we invited them and their children to spend their Saturday in a less traditional way – by kneading bread. In addition to baking delicious dough products, with our sleeves rolled up, we were drawing beautiful paintings with flour together – we also played a crumbling theater, which was really interesting for the children. We were telling different stories – for example, when was our last time when we did something good for a stranger, we tried to find out the answer of the question “What helps us do or what stops us from doing good things?” And of course – we dreamed for all of the future occasions in which together we’ll be helping a lot of children to have a sunny and a happy…

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