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Our good practices in support to our colleagues in Macedonia

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Specialists from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy of Macedonia, the local branch of UNICEF, leaders of institutions and others were on a work visit to our services in Sofia today. The purpose of this visit was the colleagues from our Southwest neighbor to become acquainted with a successful model of deinstitutionalization of childcare. The initiative was realized with the support of the international marketing and consulting company Junction.   During the meeting, our guests were able to find out more about how we successfully brought all children to a family or close to a family environment at the end of 2016, and closed the home for medical and social care “St. Sofia”, as well as our activities in the field of prevention of abandonment, our work with biological, adoptive and foster families, our services in early childhood intervention. We also told them about our plans to build Early Childhood Development Complexes that will allow us to increase the volume and quality of support for families at risk of separating from their child. In addition to the two complexes in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv, we also told them about our plans to unveil a high-tech training center in the city of Plovdiv, where we will have trainings for specialists, children, and parents through modern technologies and interactive methods.   At the end of the visit, our colleagues shared that the knowledge they gained would be very useful in the process of closing the only baby institution in Bitola. They expressed their gratitude and hope that we will continue to cooperate in the name of our common goal of closing the entrance to the institutions and making sure that every child lives in a…

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The good exists – and it is in all of (our) volunteers

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Sometimes the most real, the most inspiring actions, the ones with the power to make miracles happen, are left untold.   This is why, on the International Volunteer Day, “For Our Children” foundation talks with gratitude about those people who donate their labor, time, knowledge for more children to feel the love and to have a real childhood. Meet one of them…   She is a volunteer. With a big heart. She is an epitome for a dedicated, motivated, and inspiring person. She devotes her heart to the children and their right to live happily and loved in a safe family environment. She is Rumyana Zlatkova and is part of the team of volunteers who support the Family-type placement center “Children’s House” of “For Our Children” foundation in the care for the babies and in the creation of a feeling for a real family.   Rumyana has been spending time with the babies 3 times of the week, for 2 hours for 3 years. She is extremely positive, always smiling, ready to hug and take care of each of the kids so that they feel loved, calm, and happy. The children can’t wait for her to come, greet her enthusiastically, and reach for a hug, look for the warmth and safety, which she brings and gives them.   Apart from reading tales with pleasure and artistry and gets their attention, Rumyana supports her colleagues from the team by going with them when they go out with the children – for a walk in the park, to a picnic, to a puppet theatre or circus, or when necessary, to the hospital.   The team of the foundation is proud, happy, and grateful that Rumyana has chosen to support us in our mission to make it possible every child to live in a family. She is an example of how goodness, sympathy, and love for children turn into a care for the ones that need them the most to live happily and loved. This is why at the beginning of the month she was nominated by the foundation in the category “Voluntary cause of the year” in the first of its kind “Annual rewards for good practices in the field of social services” of Sofia municipality.   We wish her luck! Because Rumyana is an example of a true hero, a symbol of the good, and her bravery and devotion should be rewarded!       Family-type placement center “Childhood” (Children’s House) started in 2012 with a capacity of the service – 6 children from 0 to the age of 7. To this moment, the service has granted temporary accommodation in a safe family environment to 41 children in total, separated from their families until there is provided a constant and a safe family – biological, relatives, adoptive or…

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New knowledge after the visit at the British Center “Pen Green”

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On November 28 – 29, 2018, representatives from “For Our Children” foundation, together with the chair of the State Agency for Child Protection, Dr. Eleonora Lilova, and experts from the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Healthcare, the State Agency for Child Protection, Sofia Municipality, were on a visit at the “Pen Green” Centre for children and their families in Corby, Northamptonshire. The center offers high-quality early education and care for children and their families in the local community and implements a model for integrating those services with the other systems which support early childhood development.   The access to services and their quality are among the main challenges in the areas which are important for the development at early age in Bulgaria, and the development of integrated services is a prerequisite for overcoming the challenges in fighting with poverty and social exclusion in our country. Because of this, the main purpose of this work visit was to build up the knowledge and the capacity of the members of the National strategy for early childhood development, giving them a look at the activity and the successful practices of the colleagues from the United Kingdom.   During the two-day program, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the history of the Center, the approaches to development and integration of the services, the approaches to work with parents and their involvement at the work of the service as well as ways of working at “Pen Green”.   After their return to Bulgaria, they shared that with the knowledge they had acquired, they feel confident in the drafting of a strategic document with a key importance for the country.     The foundation has the opportunity to coordinate and organize the visit thanks to the financial support of the British Embassy in Bulgaria as well as the OAK foundation which finances the project “Care at early age”…

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20 socially responsible companies took part in “This Christmas You Do The Wonders 6”

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Only ten days after the launch of “For Our Children” foundation Christmas campaign, “This Christmas You Do The Wonders“, twenty socially responsible companies took part in it. Their employees are already introducing the festive spirit to the office by organizing entertaining challenges, bringing together everyone with the desire to give a happy Christmas in a family to at least one other child.   The children from the 179 Kindergarden “Sinchets” also decided to help their friends in need. As Christmas dwarfs, they will bring the festive atmosphere into greeting cards, with the charitable sale of which they will raise funds to support the children with which “For Our Children” foundation works.   If you are a socially responsible organization or a company of friends and want to help children at risk and their parents, join our Christmas campaign. Find out more about it on the website and explore the list of challenges that prove that doing good is easy and can be a lot of fun. On the website, you will find a package with the materials necessary for the organization of each of the initiatives.   Help more children experience the magic called family! Claim participation at 088 70 70 268 or charity@detebg.org because This Christmas you do the wonders!   We are thankful to the teams of Britannica; Investor.bg; Kreston Bulmar; ING Bank; Sirma; Club Healthy Living Sun; Research for good; Transpress; Dunapack Rodina; Benefit Systems; Football radar – Plovdiv; Citel; Law Firm Stankov, Todorov, Hinkov, Spasov; AMDOC; Profi Credit; Progress; BLD, who have already stated their involvement. They will participate with Christmas bazaars and lunches, sports entertainment in the office, such as Canadian race with winter gloves, toys, and cards crafting, and…

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About play as means of learning and entertainment discussed specialists from “For Our Children” foundation in Plovdiv

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Workshop on “The play – learning and entertainment” was held yesterday by experts from “For Our Children” foundation with specialists from the Complex for Social Health Services “St. Petka” in the city of Plovdiv. The social workers Vyara Panayotova and Desislava Ilieva from the Community Support Center “St. Sofia” and the senior expert on early childhood development Tsvetelina Ganeva from the Community Support Center “For Children and Parents “ at the foundation talked about the influence of play and its capabilities to develop the child. They drew attention to the differences between the learning play and the play for fun, and with a small workshop, they applied what they learned in practice.     Our experts challenged the specialists from the Complex – to return to their childhood and see toys through the eyes of children, thinking about play simply as a means of entertainment. From the scattered, colorful wooden shapes, animals and numbers, with creativity, they all figured out many more ways to have fun together with children through games and toys. Ways that henceforth the specialists will apply regularly when working with children and parents.     We, from “For Our Children” foundation, believe that after love and security, the play is the best stimulus for a child’s development. The play is the key way that children at early age /0-7 years/ get to know the world and learn. It is not a privilege. It should be part of every child’s childhood to show them the world, develop their abilities, and give them a strong connection with their closest…

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The magic of being a foster parent – an event of “For Our Children” foundation

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Every day children are being abandoned by biological parents, often placed under protection because of violence or lack of parental capacity. Many of these children are accommodated in institutions. Their life there is doomed. The carefree, real childhood for them is just a mirage. They dream about it, but it is so unknown … so far away.   Foster care is the “wizard” who makes their dreams to be happy, to have a family, to be loved and to love, come true.   On December 2 and 6, in the cozy, family environment of our “Children’s House”, the team of “For Our Children” foundation will meet people with different professions and life paths but with one common interest – to get acquainted with foster care as well as with its exemplification – the foster parent who, with a lot of courage and a dream to support the most vulnerable children in Bulgaria, has embarked on this tough adventure.   The idea of these informal meetings emerged in the mind of one of our most dedicated foster parents, Rene Emil, who, for the last two years, has been taking care of Ronnie, a child with difficulties in development.   She and the head of our Foster care center Mariana Taseva will be there to answer all questions, share their experiences, and talk about the children and their needs, their dreams.   If you have ever sought answers to the questions “What happens to children at risk?”, “How do they live?”, “What do they need?”, “What are their dreams?”, and “What can I do”? “Can I be a foster parent?”,  Reni sums up:   “These questions kept me curious for years before I became a foster parent. Now I know the answer to each of them. The family is a window to the future for each child. Without it, it is lost … in the nothingness, and it sinks down day after day until it dips its last dream. I wish I didn’t come to know about the existence of nothing, but it happened. I could not resign. So I made a decision to become a foster parent, to enchant some childhood, to make someone else’s dreams come true, to share my happiness.”   We hope that after this meeting, all people attending will return home with the clear conviction that foster care is the best and most family-friendly alternative for children left without parents. And of course, inspired by the stories we will tell them, they will decide to dedicate themselves to this responsible profession. Profession “Foster parent”.   “I would like to know if there are other people like me? I would like to find them! I would like to believe that there is a family for each child “, says Reneta.   We invite you to share one hour of your time this Sunday /2.12/, between 10:00 and 11:00, OR next Thursday /06.12/, between 17:00 and 18:00, with us and learn more about foster care!   Please confirm your presence at 088 480 4796 or by email at m.taseva@detebg.org: by noon on 30.11 / Friday / for the event on 2.12 by noon on 4.12 / Tuesday / for the event on…

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Exchange of good practices with the British center “Pen Green” organized “For Our Children” foundation

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On November 28th-29th 2018, “For our Children” foundation organized a visit to research good practices in the early childhood development services in Great Britain, which our representatives will take part in, together with the chair of the State Agency for Child Protection Dr. Eleonora Lilova and experts from the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Healthcare, the State Agency for Child Protection, Sofia municipality.   The visit will be held in the Pen Green Centre for Children and Their Families in Corby, Northamptonshire, which provides a high-quality early education and cares for children and their families in the local community and implements a model for integrating those services together with the other systems which support early childhood development. The center also secures services for information and support through home visits, group work, health interventions, education and training for elders as well as professional development, training, and disseminating of good practices through a base of researches, operations, and training. This practice is assessed as “Extraordinary” or “Excellent” in every inspectorate in the British Office of Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted).   The contemporary understanding of quality services in the field of early childhood development is related to providing integrated services which perceive an inter-sector, holistic approach to the support of children and families. Earlier this year “For Our Children” foundation published the research “Early childhood development in Bulgaria”, which showed that, as the development of integrated services, so the improvement of the quality of the existing sector services is a prerequisite for overcoming the challenges in the field of fighting with poverty and social exclusion in Bulgaria. The access to services and their quality are among the main challenges in the areas which are important for the development in early childhood. Because of this reason, the visit at “Pen Green” aims at building up the knowledge and the capacity on behalf of the Bulgarian interested sides regarding the integrated systems for early childhood, with the purpose of adapting this know-how to the Bulgarian context and piloting in Bulgaria.   The visit is part of the efforts of the foundation to support children at early age and their families and our advocacy for introducing a purposeful, integrated approach towards the state politics in this area. It will support the work of developing the National strategy for early childhood development which runs in the formed workgroup to the Ministry of Education and Science, whose deputy chair is the executive director of “For Our Children” foundation Ivanka Shalapatova.   The foundation has the opportunity to coordinate and organize the visit thanks to the financial support of the British Embassy in Bulgaria as well as the OAK foundation which finances the project “Care at early age”…

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“For Our Children” foundation joined the global movement #GivingTuesday

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There is no season, day or an hour for doing good deeds. They have to happen without us expecting anything in return. Despite this, the date November 27th carries a special charge – then the power of good is even more taking and our generosity – limitless. On this day we mark #GivingTuesday, most famous in the USA, where the term was first coined.   #GivingTuesday is a global initiative, and since 2018 foundation BCause is an official partner of the movement for Bulgaria. This year “For Our Children” foundation joins the world movement and calls to celebrate generosity and humanity by giving.     Join us! Become part of the big charity community of “For Our Children” foundation. Let’s together make it possible for more children to live in a safe and developing family environment!   This is how to do it: 1. Send an SMS to the short donation number 17 777 with text DMS DETSTVO. This single act turns everyone into a partner and a donor of the most important right of every child – to have a family. 2. Become an AMBASSADOR of generosity and solidarity! Share on your Facebook the post of “For Our Children” foundation with a text “I DONATED For Our Children! WHAT ABOUT YOU?”, and don’t forget the hashtags – #GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesdayBulgaria 3. Invite at least three of your friends to become part of the good deed and to convey it forward.   Let more people know about this global initiative and together fulfill hundreds of children’s dreams! Because we believe that the small donations have the power to make big dreams come true.     #GivingTuesday evolves as a reaction to “Black Friday” which becomes more and more popular here, in Bulgaria. The initiative is the alternative to the pointless acquisition of useless things, which, with mutual efforts, we replace with the gesture of donation, which has the power to change human…

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“For Our Children” foundation is rewarded with the symbol of the SACP – “I guarantee a happy childhood”

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At the official ceremony on the Day of Christian Family /21.11/, “For Our Children” foundation was rewarded with the distinctive symbol of the State Agency for Child Protection “I guarantee a happy childhood”, which is awarded for a first year as a recognition for assuring children’s rights.   The foundation received a second award in the category “Stable development” of our social services, provided in the Community Support Centers in the cities of Sofia and Plovdiv.   From its creation on, our Centers have helped 4824 children and families at risk. The foundation has concluded an agreement with 6 hospitals in both cities, thanks to which we saved 675 newborns from separation with their parents. Our teams have trained nearly 1200 future and present biological parents, foster and adoptive families, and more than 380 candidate-adopters have gone through our training sessions, which we organize on a regular basis. Our stable partnership with the departments of “Child protection” and the trust in the expertise and the professionalism of our social workers, helped us to support more than 280 children in a process of reintegration, a big part of whom have difficulties in developments.   “I devote this very special prize to all 73 colleagues from the team of the foundation, to all investors, for whom it is important that we exist! Thanks to all the people in the hall! Only all of us can fight for every family to be supported! There is nothing more precious than that every child to live in a secure family environment!”, said our executive director Ivanka Shalapatova.   Apart from being a leader in providing quality and integrated social services for children and parents, “For Our Children” foundation is a key participant in the process of deinstitutionalization of the children and the closing of homes for children. The organization is planning to widen its work in preventing the separation in maternity wards and broadening our activity in new municipalities. We are about to build Complexes for early childhood development which will help us augment the volume and the quality in supporting families at risk of separation with their child. In the targets of the organization for the coming years is the opening of a High-Tech Educational Center in the city of Plovdiv, where, through contemporary technologies and interactive methods we will organize training sessions for specialists, children, and parents.   For “For Our Children” foundation is important to guarantee the stability of the services which it provides. We work in this direction because this gives us an opportunity to realize our main mission – more children in Bulgaria to live in a safe and developing family…

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Children’s spreads “Compass” in support of the children at risk which “For Our Children” foundation is working with

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“Compass” Ltd. Is one of the companies which the team of “For Our Children” foundation can bravely call not just a partner but a real friend and an associate in our mutual mission – that there is not a single child, growing in the isolation of social homes.   For the 8th consecutive year, they deduct 5 percent of the profits from the products – Compass Children’s Breakfast: spreads made out of pork, chicken, turkey meat and goose liver. In this way, everyone who bought the delicious spreads “Compass”, gets a high range product, which improves the quality of life and meanwhile supports the efforts of the team of the foundation, targeted towards prevention of children’s abandonment from the maternity ward and finding caring foster families.   And, as the company itself shares its values – “The mutual advantage is a shared advantage, and the shared advantage has future.” So, together and mutually we continue to believe that the partnership between the socio-responsible business and the non-governmental sector is the main engine towards social change and can lead to more children’s smiles in a safe family environment.   From January 2018 until the end of September 2018 the team of “For Our Children” foundation prevented the institutionalization of more than 270 children who today grow in a safe family environment. Choosing the Compass Children’s Breakfast products, each one of us invests not only in food with excellent tasting qualities but also in the happy and cloudless childhood of the children and families, supported by “For Our…

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“For Our Children” foundation and “Choose to help” throughout the years

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For a fifth consecutive year, “For Our Children” foundation was chosen to be among the causes, part of which is the charity initiative “Choose to help” by Raiffeisenbank. With the support of the last 4 editions of the campaign, the foundation was more successful at its assistance of biological, foster, and adoption families.   In 2014, with the gathered fund from the campaign, our team helped 3 children from the former Home for medical and social care “St. Sofia” to leave the institution forever and to find love and care in foster families. These children were saved from the tough life in the home which had provoked the big delay in their development, a delay which could be overcome only with the support of a dedicated family. Today, they live with their own families and the memories for the solitude and the hard first years are fading away with every day passed.   A year later we looked at the biological parents and their children who sometimes also need support to deal with the challenges of their daily lives. We gave a new direction of life and a chance for a happy childhood to 130 children at an early age who were threatened of being abandoned by their own families. 27 of them were newborns who, without our intervention, would have spent the first months of their lives alone and without love, “being taken care of” by unknown people in the unknown and cold environment. The parents of the other 103 children didn’t see any other choice except separating from their children before the moment when they got courage, understanding, and support by our team, specialists who believe that the best environment for every child’s development is the biological family.   However, when this is not possible, we are looking for other alternatives to a family environment in which children can grow without missing their biological family. Because of this, in 2016, with the funds of the charity initiative, we supported 6 children and for whom were taking care of the nurses at the Family Type Placement Center “Children’s House”. The house had just opened and was working with its full capacity, giving a temporary shelter to tens of children annually. To fully develop and to live happily and taken care of, we made it possible for every child to work separately with an additional specialist who follows his development. During the same year, 4 of the children were adopted and very easily adapted to the new family environment.   And because the team of the foundation shares the belief that every child, even the different one, deserves to have a chance for a complete life, in 2017 we targeted our forces towards the support of children with serious issues in development. Three children in foster care and the same number in biological families received the opportunity, according to their needs, to attend innovative therapies (hypo- and hydrotherapy). A year later, the effect is more than visible – the children improved their physical and psychical state and with this – their quality of life.   To be even more successful in our support of families and children at risk, we need your support this year.   Support our cause and DONATE via: Virtual POS   Via Raiffeisen ONLINE directly to the foundation’s account: Recipient / Holder: FOR OUR CHILDREN foundation IBAN: BG32RZBB91551060533767 BIC: RZBBBGSF Bank: Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria Reason for payment: Choose to help   * Via bank payment   * Via SMS with text DMS DETSTVO at 17 777 for all mobile operators   But don’t think you are alone – for every 1 to 4,99 BGN, Raiffeisenbank will donate the sum of 20 BGN; for every donation of 5 to 9,99 BGN, the bank will donate another 50 BGN; for every 10 BGN and more, Raiffeisenbank will donate 100 BGN.   DONATE and become part of the change of hundreds of children’s lives!   This year, with the funds, gathered in support of the project “Foster care – security, development, and happiness for the vulnerable children”, the foundation will organize upgrading trainings for our foster families so that they can be even more successful in the care for the most vulnerable children and will be even more motivated to dedicate their professional path to this uneasy mission which is of extreme importance for the development of our society. The organization plans to organize different events for the children at foster care as well as workshops for martenitzi, Child’s day celebration, entertainments in nature which will provoke their curiosity and widen their…

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Free training session on early childhood development

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“For Our Children” foundation organized a free training session on “Early childhood development” on November 23rd (Friday). Guest – lecturer will be Petya Yordanova, a leading specialist in “Psychology of development” at the University of Wurzburg, Germany. Mrs. Yordanova has been working with children and young people from the autistic specter since 2007 in the only specialized municipal center in Sofia. Her professional interests are in the field of early childhood development, disturbances, and their prevention.   The training will focus on the development of the youngest children (from 0 to 7) and look at the children’s key skills in the different age periods, it will be taken into consideration the worrying signs in children’s development and how parents can recognize them and react to a certain worrying behavior as well as how to deal with the age crisis in children. It will be dynamic, consisting of many examples and practical tasks which parents can apply in the daily care of their children.   We, from “For Our Children” foundation, support the family in dealing with the issues and obstacles their child has so that they can grant support and safety in his life and receive all opportunities for successful development.   You are welcome to join us on November 23rd from 9 am to 1 pm at the Community Support Center “St. Sofia” of “For Our Children” foundation. To confirm your presence call us at 088 251 6103 or via email: dobroslava@detebg.org.     The initiative is organized under the project “Care at early age”, executed by “For Our Children” foundation and financed by the OAK foundation. The project aims at improving children’s wellbeing at early age (0-7) by introducing an integrated health-social and family-oriented approach to children’s…

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“For Our Children” foundation with a more different Christmas campaign

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For 6th consecutive year  “For Our Children” foundation initiated the charity campaign “This Christmas you make miracles!”. This edition aims at engaging and inspiring employees from big and small companies to give hundreds of children the chance for a happy childhood in a family, children for whom Christmas does not have a special meaning, it is just another day.   “This Christmas you make miracles!” is a different charity campaign. On the website of the campaign, we offer 12 interesting ideas for Christmas fun, through which employees can get to know their colleagues, to feel the Christmas spirit, to have fun and, at the same time, to help more children experience the real Christmas spirit.   This year, among the suggestions there are some new additions which prove that to do good is easy and very, very fun. Have you ever thought, for example, how fun it would be to remember some of the traditional Bulgarian dances… at the office? Or to organize an improvised Winter Olympics… between the desks, shelves, and the computers at the office. You can compete with your colleagues in table wrestling with winter gloves, to show how fast you are in a Christmas socks race or to think of a race of your taste.   Speaking of taste… what’s better than a wonderful table for Christmas? Seduce your senses and turn the ordinary lunch break into a real experience… with the scent of apples, cinnamon, hot chocolate, banitsa with fortunes, prepared by you and your colleagues.   For those who like to show off their talents (or just to show off) – show your artistic talent at a festive karaoke or a comedy afternoon as you tell your colleagues your favorite and unordinary stories in order to turn the office into a stage of laughter and entertainment! The Christmas spirit, bound with a cause, will surely stimulate a lot of people to bring their guitar to the office, to show a DIY box, a painting, cadres of incredible sports skills or another interesting hobby.   On the website you will find each initiative together with a package of the materials necessary for its realization.   The shared emotion and the desire to help are at the heart of the success of “This Christmas you make miracles!”. More than 80 corporate social responsibility companies took part in the previous editions of the campaign. Last year the raised funds – more than 40 000 BGN – were invested in the services for preventing the separation of newborns and their families, provided by the foundation.   We believe that this year we will achieve more!   Help more children experience the magic called family! Join at 02/ 980 70 58 or at charity@detebg.org because This Christmas you make…

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“For Our Children” foundation expressed a standpoint regarding the project of the Social services law

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“For Our Children” foundation came up with a standpoint regarding the Social services law in which it expresses its support for its overall ideology. The foundation thinks that it offers an innovative approach and further develops the now acting regulatory framework for the social services. As part of the work group which drafted the bill, our foundation had the opportunity to contribute with our long-standing expertise as a provider of social services for children and families.   According to the standpoint, there are few key elements in the bill without which it cannot reach its targets and because of that, they ought not to be removed. They are related to providing publicly available services with a preventative character, closing all specialized institutions for children and prohibiting the accommodation of children, aged 0 to 3, at residential care, and defining the social services as activities and not places for granting them. It is also important that the bill gives opportunities for providing mobile services in medical and educational institutions, kinder gardens and places for support of under-aged children in conflict with law, defines mechanisms for planning of the services and implementing standards for quality and control of it as well as regulating the integrated approach and the integrated services.   The foundation has a few suggestions for changes and additions in the bill, one of which is the foster care to be realized as a separate social service, in support of the measure for protection “accommodation in a foster family”. Foster care is key for the successful realization of the deinstitutionalization process and its managing as a separate social service is a prerequisite for the quality of the care in foster families. It is worrying that the bill stresses more on the residential services for children which do not provide care in a family environment than on the foster care. Also, among the suggestions are to be regulated socializing activities for children which are of key importance to the prevention of social exclusion of particularly vulnerable groups of children, including those in residential care; to be revised and completed the laws, restricting the residential care accommodations in order to prevent the lasting institutionalization of the children in it; to be regulated the integrated services with mixed financing which will meet the complex needs of the society; the bill to regulate a regular quality control and an opportunity for an independent external rightful monitoring.   The foundation expresses its conviction that, if the bill accepts these amendments, the Social services law will contribute to increasing the quality and the access to social services in the country which is of extreme importance for achieving progress regarding guaranteeing human rights and overcoming social…

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“For Our Children” foundation with “I play and dream” program at the kinder gardens in Plovdiv

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“For Our Children” foundation started the “I play and dream” program at the kinder gardens in Plovdiv which, in an entertaining way, will encourage the children to develop their potential. We will work for building and upgrading creative skills, creativity, innovation, skills for working in a team – necessary for the children for their better adaptation and dealing with life in future.   The first kinder garden, included in the program, is “Zaharno petle”, 27 children from it have already dived into the magic of toys, fairy tales, and art. In the next 9 months, we will support the development of the children in a new and fun way with toys, books, and materials, suitable for their age. Because, as we all know, the power of play is incredible and we best learn while we are playing. And when we play together, everything is wonderful!   At the beginning of the new year, we will start sessions for the parents as well as practical workshops for children and parents. In this way, parents will have the chance to learn more about the advantages of playing and how to support the development of their children in a fun and creative way.   We believe that all children have the right to play because play develops many and various skills and gives them an opportunity to shape their imagination and talents.   We are grateful to the team of “Zaharno petle” kinder garden who opened their doors and hearts for…

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A project of “For Our Children” foundation in support of foster care was chosen for “Choose to help” campaign

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For yet another year, “For Our Children” foundation was approved to take part in the Raiffeisenbank charity campaign “Choose to help” which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.   The project “The foster care – safety, development and happiness for the vulnerable children” will give the foundation the opportunity to organize different upgrading trainings for the foster families which our Foster care Center works with. The trainings will improve their skills for creating a safe and secure environment for the children, build a positive identity in them and cope better with separation. These activities will form a community of foster parents who will support each other, will share good practices and experience, will share and deal with the emotions. We believe that with this support, foster families will be even more successful in taking care of the most vulnerable children and will be even more motivated to devote their professional path to this tough mission which is of extreme importance for the development of our society.     With the funds we are also planning to organize different events for the children in foster care as well as workshops for martenitsi, Child’s Day, nature activities which will provoke their curiosity and will broaden their worldview. These events will also serve as a way for the children to meet other children with similar faith which will be a strong psychological support for them.   Donations in support of the project of “For Our Children” foundation can be made in several different ways:   * With a credit or a debit card via a link from the Raiffeisenbank website.   * The clients of Raiffeisenbank online banking can make donations through Raiffeisen Online, directly to the foundation’s account:   Recipient / Holder: FOR OUR CHILDREN foundation IBAN: BG32RZBB91551060533767 BIC: RZBBBGSF Bank: Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria Reason for payment: Choose to help   * Via bank payment from another bank to the foundation’s account   * Via SMS with text DMS DETSTVO at 17 777 for all mobile operators   More about the ways to donate, see HERE. Thanks to the initiative, last year we raised more than 7000 BGN for the project “Give a happy childhood to children with difficulties in development” last year. With the funds, we supported 6 children with difficulties in development by giving them the opportunity, according to their needs, to work with different specialists and to go to innovative therapies (hypo- and…

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“For Our Children” foundation will present its activities at an event, organized by the American University in Bulgaria

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“For Our Children” foundation will participate in the second edition of the NGO Fair organized by the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) on September 7th.   The purpose of the fair is to connect the students with the civil organizations or, according to the organizers – with “the change-makers”, who play a key role in the development of our society and in increasing the civil sensitivity to the social issues.   “For Our Children” foundation, part of which are former students from AUBG, was approved to participate in the event and to present its work to the students of one of the most renowned schools in the country. Together with more than 20 other organizations, our representatives will get the students acquainted with our activity, which, for the last 26 years, is dedicated to the support of the most vulnerable children and families in the Bulgarian society.   We join the fair with the hope that we will attract more supporters of our cause, young people with modern thinking who, just like us, share the belief that every child deserves to grow in a safe family…

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“For Our Children” foundation presented analysis of the data in the field of early childhood development on the meeting of the inter – ministerial working group for drafting a National strategy

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On the second meeting of the workgroup of the Ministry of Education and Science, responsible for the drafting of a National strategy early childhood development, the experts from “For Our Children” foundation Vanya Kaneva and Tsveta Nedeva presented data analysis in the field of early childhood development which amplifies and builds up the previously published this year “The early childhood development in Bulgaria”. It was realized together with the foundation, the Institute for population and human studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and “Child and space” association and presents a quality analysis of the normative frame regulating the systems for early childhood development, the interactions, and interconnections between them and the families.   The analysis which our representatives showed wraps up and systematizes data and information related to the children’s development at early age and the measures and services in support for them and their families. The document gives an idea of the status quo regarding early childhood development at the moment and underlines some of the established issue areas and tendencies. In its drafting, it is established an approach based on the life cycle which affects the three significant periods of the early childhood: the prenatal period; the period from birth to the age of 3; and the period from 4 to 7 years old. This coincides with the UN’s definition of early childhood development as the period until the time when the child goes to school.   The analysis will be an extremely useful starting point on which the process of developing the National strategy for early childhood development will be based, having in mind the importance of the policies to be based on data and scientific evidence.   The next steps toward the drafting of the Strategy were marked on the meeting, including the completing and building up the existing analysis, their reading and targeting the fields of impact on which the Strategy will focus.   On the next meeting, it will be discussed the structure of the strategic…

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Two specialists of early childhood development of “For Our Children” foundation participated in a training for leaders of the program “To grow together plus”

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Specialists in the field of early childhood development from the team of “For Our Children” foundation were invited to participate in a training for leaders of the program “To grow together plus”, organized by UNICEF with lecturers from Croatia – B. Starz, M. Grubich, and A. Bohachek.   The program “To grow together plus” is intended for parents of children at pre-school age with special needs. The workshops are developed on the basis of groups for sharing of personal experience and development as well as teaching groups in which the parents, together with their teachers and the rest of the parents will exchange information, knowledge, skills, and support that will be valuable in the parenting and in encouraging the development not only of the parent but also of the child.   The main purpose of the program is to give more confidence to the parents, reconsidering the values that parenting consists of, showing in a more detailed manner the children’s needs and the ways those needs to be satisfied. During the 11 sessions, the parents also train their communicating skills, relying on their personal experience with the children in their families.   “The training was very useful and inspiring. We had the opportunity to play around in the workshops, to meet with other specialists in the field of early childhood development from the country, to hear many recommendations and valuable experience exactly from the creators of the program”, shared her impressions from the training Tsvetelina Ganeva, senior expert “Early childhood development” at the Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” of “For Our Children” foundation.   According to Tsvetelina, the training for lecturers has given her a lot of different information for how she can become more useful in her work with families and children with special needs. The same shared Militsa Gocheva, a specialist in the field of early childhood development, who works daily with children with difficulties in development and their parents.   Both of them are satisfied with the training because it has given them the opportunity to perfect their knowledge in working with children with specific needs and their families and to be more effective in their support for…

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We presented the research “Early childhood development” at the annual meeting of the International “Step by step” association

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“For Our Children” foundation took part in the annual meeting of the International “Step by step” association (ISSA) as well as in the organized specially for its members a two-day workshop dedicated to the quality of the services in the field of the early childhood development. The event took place in Zagreb between October 25th and 27th.   The representative of the foundation, Dimitar Ivanchev, coordinator of the project “Care at early age”, presented the results of the grand research “Early childhood development in Bulgaria” for the impact of health, social, and educational system on the care for children at the earliest age (0 – 7) and their security. It was realized by “For Our Children” foundation together with “Child and space” association and the Institute for population and human studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The report evoked interest in the participants and in the discussion took part members of ISSA from Norway, Germany, Romania, Kosovo, etc.   During the two-day seminar, the participants had the opportunity to become acquainted with the innovations regarding the quality in the field of early childhood development as well as to share opinions, experience and ideas. Visits at the local kinder garden and primary school were organized and also a meeting with specialists on the behalf of the host country.   The annual meeting of the ISSA council was held on the third day of the program, during the session were admitted new members of the organization and were presented and approved the annual report of the association and its strategy for the next 5 years.   The next annual ISSA meeting will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands in June…

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Two plane tickets won one of the long-standing partners of the foundation during Art evening of the virtues

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Two tickets to a chosen destination donated the Turkish national air company Turkish Airlines for the charity auction Art evening of the virtues of “For Our Children” foundation in support of every child in Bulgaria to live in a secure family environment and to enjoy complete care.   The evening offered its guests the opportunity to become part of the community of the virtues who contribute for more children and families in need to receive support. Guests of the event were some of the foundation’s long-standing partners and friends but also others who will yet discover the beauty of their actions to be inspired by a good cause. And what more meaningful cause than the happy and successful future of the children in Bulgaria?   This thought united the general manager of Turkish Airlines for Bulgaria Mehmet Gurkaynak and the director of “Moto Pfohe” Atanas Furnadjiev who after a fierce competition won the tickets. On a meeting at the air company, both of them expressed satisfaction that they had a chance to support the cause of “For Our Children” foundation and called more firms to open their hearts for the good deed which the organization is dedicated to.   In the end, the team of Turkish Airlines gave to Mr. Furnadjiev a mock-up of an airplane which will remind him that he contributed to more children to fly headed towards their dreams. Elated to fulfill…

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Family day organizes “For Our Children” foundation and actors at SBAL Children’s Hospital “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev”

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The wonderful initiative of “For Our Children” foundation continues in partnership with SBAL “Prof. Dr. Ivan Mitev” – Sofia for monthly events, since it is known that hospitalization usually leads to stress and unpleasant experiences not only for the children but also for their parents.   On October 23rd, 2018, the actress Zvezdomira Georgieva and the musician Konstantin Kuchev will again be guests at the hospital.   The event has a theme and this time it is dedicated to Family Day. “We will share experiences for the power of the family, there will also be a lot of music and tons of surprises”, promise the organizers of the event.   Everyone who wants is more than welcome to come and can participate in the event.     The initiative is organized under the project “Care at early age”, implemented by “For Our Children” foundation and funded by the OAK foundation. The project aims at improving the development and the well-being of the children at early age (0 – 7) by including an integrated health – social and family oriented approach towards children’s…

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The drafting of National strategy for early childhood development will begin with an assessment of the status quo

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Today it was held the first assembly of the working group which participates in the drafting of the National strategy for early childhood development. The Deputy Minister of Education and science Denitsa Sacheva gave a start to the assembly and stated that it is time to focus on early childhood development in its integrity. She reminded the main goals which the strategy has, namely, achieving an integrated and socially – oriented approach towards meeting the children’s needs as well as developing the cadres in the systems supporting early childhood development – health, educational, and social.   On behalf of “For Our Children” foundation, in the meeting took part Ivanka Shalapatova, executive director of the foundation and vice chairman of the work group, Vanya Kaneva, leader of “Projects and Advocacy”, and Tsveta Nedeva, senior expert of “Methodologies and analysis – early childhood development”.   Mrs. Shalapatova expressed her satisfaction from the good model of partnership between the non-governmental sector, institutions and citizen participation in the process of taking decisions in drafting this strategic document, and presented the work of the foundation in the stimulation of non-formal dialogue, which includes the points of view of each of the interested sides. She also underlined that recently created Alliance for early childhood development, part of which is “For Our Children” foundation, will help for the building of this dialogue and is fully prepared to support the process of drafting the strategy.   The participants united around the idea that it is extremely important to undertake an integrated, intersectoral approach but also to be shaped mechanisms which allow for the assessment of the progress of implementing the Strategy as well as the financial security of the measures.   It was decided that on the next meeting, which will be held on October 31st, all members of the workgroup will provide materials, researches, and analysis, which will support the first step towards drafting the Strategy which will include assessment of the status quo and pointing out the main issues. Based on the data and the conclusions on which the commission will concentrate, recommendations will be developed. Moreover, the work group will use the grand research “Early childhood development in Bulgaria”, led by “For Our Children” foundation together with BAS and “Child and…

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More than 40 non-governmental organizations drafted an Alliance for early childhood development

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On October 16th, 2018 in Sofia more than 40 non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and people drafted an Alliance for early childhood development. On the meeting, today, “For Our Children” foundation was chosen to be one of the members of the coordinating group, together with the “Child and Space” Alliance and the “Club of non-profit organizations” Alliance – Tagovishte.   The Alliance aims at mobilizing the efforts of its members and partners for securing a meaningful environment for developing the potential of every child at an early age. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization are partners of the Alliance.   The early years – from birth to starting school have a big importance for the psychical and physical health, the behavior, the learning through the whole life path, and the whole well-being of the person. The growing understanding on a world level of the importance of this period for building the identity and its social and economic realization gradually put the investments in the early years into the spotlight of the public policies in many countries. In recent years, these questions also found a reflection in the civil discussions in Bulgaria related to the care for the young children and their families.   To achieve its mission for the best start in the life of every child in Bulgaria, the Alliance will work for the affirmation of the early childhood development as a political and civic priority. It will concentrate on the strengthening of the national systems in the field of healthcare, social protection and education for encouraging early childhood development. It will realize activities for spreading experience and knowledge among professionals and parents, advocacy for policies which ensure full rights for development as well as for creating supportive social environment and attitudes towards the rights and well-being of the youngest members of our society.  …

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“For Our Children” foundation with a project for support of early childhood development in Plovdiv

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“For Our Children” foundation starts a research of the level of which the services for support of early childhood development in Plovdiv respond to the needs of children and their families. It will be realized in partnership with the Institute for population and human studies of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on the project “Let there be light – a chance for every child” which the foundation won on the project “Early childhood development” of “Trust for social achievement” foundation.   The planned research is a first step towards the improvement of the policies and practices regarding the early childhood development in the city. The results from it will support the advocacy activities reforming and optimization of the services for early childhood development at a local level, with a focus on the services oriented towards vulnerable groups from the society.   According to the Regional strategy for developing the social services only in Plovdiv, there are 2416 children with disabilities and difficulties in development who receive monthly support for children with disabilities, and another 1385 children are said to be children with special needs. This data is most probably significantly lowered having in mind the real number of children with disabilities living in a family environment in Plovdiv. From the publicly accessible data, it is not clear how many of those children live in conditions of social risk – poverty, social exclusion, racial discrimination, etc.   The researches show that most of the children in homes have disabilities and special needs. In the adoption register, with the conditions of full adoption for 2017 from 1227 recorded children, 1047 are with disabilities. These children are exposed to the highest risk of being abandoned and to spend the first and most important years of their lives in the solitude of the social institutions.   The observations of “For Our Children” foundation in Plovdiv show that this issue is especially pronounced in the communities in which there are high levels of poverty and social exclusion, including the Roma community in the city.   At the same time, despite this risk, in Plovdiv, there is a deficit of services in the community which can support disabled children and children with delays in their development and their families. The exact number and the kinds of services for support of these families are not clear as well as their scope and quality. This is why one of the aims of the project of “For Our Children” foundation is to collect part of the missing information regarding the services for early childhood development in the city.   The project costs 19 946.50 leva and predicts, on the basis of the research, to be prepared recommendations for optimization of the system of services in support for early childhood development and early childhood intervention in Plovdiv.   In the framework of the project there will be interviews with representatives of Plovdiv Municipality, department “Child Protection” and Regional Health Inspectorate, and there will also be made researches among the professionals, working in services for support of early childhood development as well as among the parents of disabled children and issues in their development.   The contract for the implementation of the project was signed by the executive director of “For Our Children” foundation, Ivanka Shalapatova, and Sara Perin – the executive director of “Trust for social achievement” foundation. The deadline for executing the project is October 1st, 2018 – March 15, 2019.       The support for “For Our Children” foundation is provided by “Trust for social achievement” foundation. The statements and the opinions written here belong solely on “For Our Children” foundation and do not necessarily reflect the point of view of “Trust for social achievement” foundation or its…

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Three representatives from “For Our Children” foundation included in the interdepartmental team for developing a National strategy for early childhood development

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The Executive Director of “For Our Children” foundation, Ivanka Shalapatova, took over the Deputy Chairman in the Interdepartmental working group for drafting a National strategy for early childhood development.   The chairman of the working group is Deputy Minister of Education Denitsa Sacheva and the group also includes representatives of the Ministries of Education, Labor and Social Policy, Health, State Agency for Child Protection, universities, branch organizations, UNICEF, non-governmental organizations working in the field of child protection and early childhood development. Vanya Kaneva – head of “Projects and Advocacy” and Tsveta Nedeva – senior expert “Methods and Analyzes – early childhood development” from the foundation will take part in the preparation of this strategic document.   The adoption of the National strategy for early childhood development is a goal for which “For Our Children” foundation works actively and purposefully. In addition, the organization’s work on the “Care at early age  project, funded by the OAK foundation, addresses the impact of health, social and educational systems on childcare at an early age (0-7 years) and their security. The results of a large-scale study on “Early childhood development in Bulgaria” conducted jointly with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and “Children and Space” Association were presented and discussed in the spring of this year at the conference “Vision for early childhood in Bulgaria”, which included leading Bulgarian and international experts. The forum discussed key recommendations made during the study to improve the performance of childcare systems in order to support the ongoing process of developing a National strategy for early childhood development.       The interdepartmental working group was established by order of the Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Vulchev, who has set a deadline for drafting the National Strategy for the Child by December 31st this…

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Children help children or how a boy from Stara Zagora and a girl from Bangladesh gave a piece of themselves for the most vulnerable children

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Art evening of the virtues of “For Our Children” foundation, held on October 4th, took place in the name of ensuring that every child in Bulgaria lives in a secure family environment and enjoys complete care.   The charity auction offered to all participants more than 70 specially selected works of art donated or provided by more than 30 Bulgarian and world-famous masters of the brush. Particular attention and interest enjoyed two special paintings, which besides fascinating with beauty and excellent workmanship, won the hearts of the guests with their history.   Author of one of the paintings is the eleventh grader at the National School of Plastic Arts and Design “Acad. D. Uzunov” in Kazanlak, Jesus Rusev, and it was granted specially for the auction by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev. “Girl with lavender” is painted with lavender oil paints, especially for the Art evening of the virtues, and carries the unique emotional charge of her master who grew up in “Maria Theresa” Children’s Home in Stara Zagora and is deeply involved with the cause.   “I sincerely hope that the painting I have painted of a Bulgarian girl from the Valley of the Thracian rulers will conquer the heart of a collector and that the money will be used to support children at risk,” wrote the future artist in his letter to the President.   The initial price of the painting was 0 leva, but it caused great interest among the bidders and the competition between them raised the price up to 1000 BGN.   The second painting, which has the colorful name “I love bathing in the rain with the frogs,” is a work of the 12-year-old Humaira Habib Orny, a child from Bangladesh, who can now boast with world-wide recognition of her creative skills. The painting was awarded on the 4th World Children’s Drawing Contest in 2016, and its way to the Art Evening of Virtues the painting finds thanks to the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria, which donated it to the auction. After a fierce bidding, it found its owner for the sum of 800 BGN.   These two works of art are the proof that it is not required much to help vulnerable children. With their talent, great heart and goodness, Jesus from Stara Zagora and Humaira from the remote Bangladesh helped to make more children like them have the chance to live with their own family, develop and become successful young people who will one day respond with good and donate hope, perspective, confidence, and support to other children.   The team of “For Our Children” foundation believes that only investing in early childhood and encouraging the development of children from the very first day have the power to build a strong and conscious society always ready to give a hand. For 26 years now, they have been working to have more strong and healthy families in Bulgaria, in which loved and happy children grow and who will become complete and successful adults.   In the past more than a quarter century, the foundation has supported more than 12 000 children and…

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“First care for the newborn” course was held in Plovdiv

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How to bathe the baby? How to feed him? What to do when he is crying?   We responded to these and many other questions during the “First care for the newborn” course in Plovdiv. The training is organized regularly and is absolutely free for all current and future mothers and fathers and is traditionally led by the specialists of “For Our Children” foundation from the Community Support Center “For Children and Parents” and Dr. Diana Argirova, pediatrician and a neonatologist, head of the prematurity department of the University Hospital in Plovdiv.   Among the theory in which the professionals went along with the parents were the main moments of the newborn baby’s life, the various hygiene tools, and the necessary cosmetics, as well as useful tips and guidelines for successful breastfeeding and some specific situations such as burping, choking, colic. The parents had the opportunity to try to wash and change the baby’s clothes.   All 24 parents left satisfied, smiling, and full of new knowledge and skills to effectively be the parents they want to be. And one of the dads was so enthusiastic that even during the break he was practicing. “I feel much calmer and ready because you let me change the baby”, shared he.   Follow our page for the next “First care for the newborn”…

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“For Our Children” foundation meets with UNICEF

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Last week, our executive director Ivanka Shalapatova and Vanya Kuneva, leader of  “Advocacy and Projects” held a meeting with Dr. Jane Muita, the new UNICEF representative for Bulgaria.   Mrs. Shalapatova presented “For Our Children” foundation and our work to improve the well-being of the children in Bulgaria in the last 26 years. Dr. Muita told about the priorities in UNICEF’s program, which are related to the support for early childhood development, protection of the most vulnerable children, fight against violence against children in all of its forms, education, child justice, and others.   Together, they discussed the opportunities for early childhood development partnerships and early intervention for children with disabilities and delays in development. Dr. Muita accepted the invitation of our team to visit our Community Support Center “St. Sofia”, which we plan to turn into an Integrated Early Childhood Development…

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The President Rumen Radev supported Art evening of the virtues with a painting by a young painter from “Maria Theresa” home in Stara Zagora

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The eleventh grader from the National School of Plastic Arts and Design in Kazanlak Jesus Rusev is the author of the painting that the President Rumen Radev donated in support of the cause of charity bid at Art Evening of the Virtues.   “Girl with Lavender” is painted with lavender oil paints, specially created for Art evening of the virtues and is one of the surprises of the evening. “I sincerely hope that the painting I have painted – a Bulgarian girl from the Valley of the Thracian rulers – will conquer the heart of a collector and that the money will be used to support children at risk,” writes the future artist in his letter to the President. He is proud to accept President Rumen Radev’s invitation to participate together in the charity event “Art evening of the virtues”, organized by “For Our Children” foundation.   Jesus is a student at the 11th grade of the National School of Plastic Arts and Design in Kazanlak and is among the young people included in the presidential initiative “Support a dream”.   His talent for painting notices Mrs. Latinka Petrova, head of the home in Stara Zagora, and in the 5th grade, Jesus starts studying at the national high school. “He drew with his right hand and wrote with his left,” recalls Mrs. Petrova. In the following years, teachers and mentors from the high school developed his talent and interest in art. At the 7th grade entrance exams, Jesus received a grade of 6.00 and was admitted to a Fine Arts class.   “I am happy that I can help other children like me”, says Jesus and thanks everyone who believed in him and his talent to…

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51 850 BGN raised Art evening of the virtues in support for the safe family care for children

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51 850 leva were gathered during the charity bid at Art evening of the virtues of “For Our Children Foundation”. The whole sum will be invested into charity by the foundation.   I would like to thank you because with this money we can save many children. And that’s because you are here, because you are you, and I want to assure you that I and the team of “For Our Children Foundation” will do our best to change these children’s destinies, said to all of the participants in the bid the executive director of the foundation, Ivanka Shalapatova.   With the funds raised, the team of “For Our Children” foundation will support 20 healthcare professionals in Sofia and Plovdiv with trainings, consultations and organized group discussions. The parents of 150 children from maternity and neonatal wards will be given the opportunity to be consulted and trained by a specialist on how to best take care of their babies. 40 children at early age will be involved in a variety of innovative activities that we will realize under the “Learning together” program, toy-stimulating activities that engage children in imaginative play and teach them colors, spatial perceptions, develop their fine motor coordination, and language skills, listening skills, imagination, and creative thinking, self-expression and confidence. We will make them more secure in building friendships with peers and carers, and in resolving issues in a fun and creative way. We will support 250 parents in job-finding, family budgeting skills and other professional training so that they are confident in the complex task of parenting.   120 representatives of the cultural, business and diplomatic elite of the country, people with a keen interest in art and a genuine desire to contribute to the better future of the children in Bulgaria, bid for more than 70 specially selected works of art donated or provided by more than 30 Bulgarian and world-famous masters of the brush. There were, of course, surprises, among which the painting “Girl with lavender”, donated by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, two paintings by the famous Bulgarian sculptor and artist Stavri Kalinov, donated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the painting “I love bathing in the rain with the frogs “, donated by the Ministry of Culture. The other unexpected suggestions of the evening were a picture of the Turkish artist Yalmur Tezjan-Stankulov, donated personally by her, and the unfinished but enriched with a really strong emotional charge, a picture painted by Her Excellency Sri Astari Rasjid, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia and a diplomatic partner of the event this year.   Children are our future. They are a continuation of us. They will explore more knowledge in their time to add to the human heritage … It is an honor for me to be invited by those who care for our future generations with love and compassion. They are the ones who make the change in the future of the children in need and change their predetermined destiny with much love and wisdom. Let’s learn from their sensitivity and compassion and encourage them in their greatest endeavors that each child grows in a healthy environment, said during the official opening of Her Excellency Rasjid and wished to continue with wisdom and love to change the future of the children in need.   The host of the charity bid, as well as the past eight editions of the evening, was one of the longtime friends of “For Our Children” foundation, Igor Markovski. Without his support and that of his “Apollo and Mercury” foundation, Art evening of virtues would not turn from a dream into reality.   Art evening of the virtues “is a natural extension of the eight successful” Evening of Virtues “editions to support the most vulnerable children and families. The funds raised from them – over 780 000 BGN, have been invested in the causes Children’s House, foster care, early childhood development and support for children with…

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