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Since 2019 Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) continues to provide vital healthy nutrition for vulnerable children supported by For Our Children Foundation

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In May 2020 Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) once again kindly donated USD10,000 to provide healthy food for very young, vulnerable children as part of its ‘Nutrition for Zero Hunger’ programme and in partnership with local partner charity, For Our Children Foundation.   Worldwide HNF helped almost 220,000 children in 2020 by providing good nutrition and nutrition education.   In Bulgaria HNF has enabled For Our Children Foundation provide daily meals for six children age under 7 years-old who live in the charity’s Children’s House.  In addition, Foundation’s team continued to teach children about the benefits of good daily nutrition habits and promote good attitudes to healthy food.  In the Children’s House, For Our Children Foundation provides a balanced diet for children as an integral part of their growth and development. The children have been encouraged to try out new diverse healthy foods and they happily participate in the preparation of fresh food together with the carers.   In addition HNF contributed towards the expansion of a new Day Care Centre which opened in September 2020 to enable the provision of good quality, delicious and, varied food for the visiting children. The centre provides a flexible offering of day care provision (all-day, half-day or hourly care) to provide support for children with developmental challenges.   The children are excited to visit the centre for the stimulating, developmental activities and nutritious meals. In the short time it has been opened, the Centre has already set a tradition for the children to participate in various culinary workshops, which include baking of cakes and cookies, and preparing fruit salads and fun foods like pizzas.     The COVID-19 pandemic has really challenged many families with young children and increased the demand on the resources provided by For Our Children Foundation through its Community Support Centres in Sofia and Plovdiv. The loss of a stable income put to the test the care of their children. Fortunately with the support of HNF, these families have benefitted from continued support so that the children’s health was not put at risk.   “In our Children’s House we take care of six children who are without parental care.  Up to September 2020, these were babies and young children up to 3 years.  Now we cater for children from age 3 to 7 years old. We are proud that with us the children learn to love, smile, take their first steps, say their first words, know the letters, count and grow up securely until they are adopted by new parents. A particularly important element in the care of these children is healthy nutrition, for which I thank the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation. HNF’s support since 2019 has enabled our children to grow up healthy.” said Mariana Sokolova, Manager, Children’s House, For Оur Children Foundation.   Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) is one of the key partners of For Our Children Foundation.  HNF has provided support since 2019 and so far in total more than 400 children have benefitted. The support has included daily nutrition provision for vulnerable children in the Children’s House and Day Care Centre together with support for the Centers for Community Support in Sofia and Plovdiv and the Foster Care Center in…

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The first participants in “You Make Miracles This Christmas” 8 campaign

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First miracle makers are now proving that the motivation for making good deeds is stronger than the challenges 2020 brought us. The 8th edition of “This Christmas You make the Miracles” again united its traditional participants as well as new ones and together they help us to support families and children we work with.   So far 13 companies are participating in our campaign chosen one of the 12 Christmas initiatives – 4 of them suitable for employees working from home. “Our support is an expression of international solidarity from all employees at Volkswagen and Porsche Holding. Being part of an international company we realize our social responsibility and we are supporting local organizations that stand for children’s rights. For us, it is an honor to help the Foundation in its mission of providing social support, development, and happy childhood to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. We sincerely hope that this year we will be again a part of the Christmas miracle and again will light lights in children’s eyes. From the bottom of our hearts, we wish great success to the foundation in its effort to give much warmer and cozy Christmas holidays to children. “   We thank Porsche Sofia East who is one of the longest-serving participants in our campaign “This Christmas You make the Miracles” with their charity bazaar that this year will be held differently. One of the new participants in the Christmas campaign is Coface Bulgaria. Read about their motivation to support us:   “We from Coface Bulgaria are happy to be a part of this special campaign and we wish for all vulnerable groups to feel calm, protected, and above all, happy in the new year. Now is the time to become active participants in the process of mutual assistance “.   – Plamen Dimitrov, manager of Coface Bulgaria   You too can become a miracle maker for all the children that need help:…

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Four of our supporters join our Board of Trustees

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Four of our supporters join the Board of Trustees of For Our Children Foundation. We rely on them for strategic guidelines in the implementation of our mission to support the development of children from an early age. United by the cause that no child should live a day outside the family, they will invest the most valuable – their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm in the name of the development of the organization and the success of what we have been doing for 28 years.   Tsvetomir Uzunov, Assoc. Prof. Velina Todorova, Evgeniy Kanev and Bozhidar Neychev are the new members of the strategic team of the foundation, because of in-depth discussions and decisions of the current members Anelia Dimova, Metodia Chadikovski and Silvia Tsanova. Meet them below:   Bozhidar Neychev has 25 years of experience in advising clients in key privatization and private transactions in various sectors, strategic analysis for entry and exit from the market, restructuring, liquidation and consolidation services, as well as assistance in mergers and acquisitions. He is one of the senior partners of PwC (Price Waterhouse Coopers) for Central and Eastern Europe. Over the last two decades, he has founded or developed most of the company’s offices at the Balkans.     Aoc. Prof. Velina Todorovass has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child since 2016. A few days ago, she was re-elected for a second term in this position. Assoc. Prof. Todorova is a lawyer by profession and a lecturer in Civil and Family Law at the University of Plovdiv and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She has turned the cause of a happy childhood into her profession. A friend of For Our Children Foundation for many years, in 2016 she was the patron of our largest annual charity event, the Evening of Virtues.   „I know the resilience of the Foundation and the team, which continue to support children and their families very successfully. I am always ready to support them, because of the cause that unites us. “     Until now, Evgeniy Kanev has supported the Foundation as a member of our Advisory Board. He is a managing partner in the Investment and Financial Consulting Company “Maconis”, whose activities are focused on consulting transactions with companies, business valuations, banking. “In the current demographic reality, the only way to be sure of the future of the nation is to work for good starting conditions in the life of every Bulgarian citizen.”     Tsvetomir Uzunov has serious experience in the financial field. He is a long-term CFO of ING Bulgaria and he has recently been responsible for the development of a large rating model of ING Bulgaria. According to Mr. Uzunov:   “Children are the most important thing in our lives. Something we form and leave behind. Bulgaria, unfortunately, ranks last in the EU in terms of the risk of poverty and social exclusion. This is even truer for the most vulnerable groups and disadvantaged people. The maturity of society is determined by its attitude towards the most vulnerable. Let us together create a better future for the children of Bulgaria. It is an honor and a privilege for me to support the cause of the For Our Children…

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

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

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

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

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Ellie After and the charity puppet theater

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The eighth edition of our Christmas campaign “You make miracles this Christmas” is adapting to the challenges of 2020, but still the campaign is uniting the traditional participants. Today we will tell the story of Ellie After, one of those traditional participants and her initiative for children and grownups.   Ellie is also adapting her ideas because of the situation and the lockdown. She gives all of us fresh and innovative ideas to play with our children. One of them and part of her support to the Foundation is her handmade puppet theatre.   What is your motivation to support again For Our Children Foundation a few weeks before Christmas? – The most valuable thing for society is the chance for every child to grow safe, healthy, and to develop their full potential. This will give us hope for living in the society we all dream of. For Our Children Foundation is taking care of the most vulnerable children at risk. What could be better than to be part of this care?     What is the source of your inspiration? What are the symbols of the cause-related puppet theatre? – The textile puppets are my favorites for many years. The first step is to imagine the future character, then I draw the puppet on paper and the next step is to start the experiments with fabric. My inspiration could be everywhere – some very colorful fabric or an inspiring story. The puppets can be part of a whole kit, so with them, you can create many fairytales with different characters and storylines. I hope that my puppet theater will support the child`s imagination during their play.     What do you want to wish to the children, who will enjoy their handmade home puppet theatre? – To them and to all the children I wish a lot of health, to be full of energy, to be creative and curious. I wish to create unforgettable moments to remember when they grow up.   Join now the campaign:…

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

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

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

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

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Digital transformation for Evening of Virtues – our biggest charity event

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

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

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

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The first online Evening of Virtues will be held on 29.11.2020!

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On November 29, 2020 (Sunday) from 20:00 the Foundation “For Our Children” organizes its biggest charity event of the year – the Evening of the Virtues. For the first time due to the imposed anti-epidemic measures, it will be held entirely online through the virtual events platform MP-Studio Events. The event will be broadcast live from a specially built stage in Sofia Event Center, and each guest will be able to enjoy the exciting program from the comfort of their home.   For 11 years, every autumn, the Evening of Virtues brings together over 400 socially engaged leaders and visionaries in our society – representatives of socially responsible business, the non-governmental sector and cultural and social life, for whom children are the most valuable capital.   And this year the cause of the Evening of Virtues is early childhood development. We believe that in addition to the security of the family, intensive stimulation, thanks to which the youngest learn about the world around them and develop their potential, is a key prerequisite for their success in society, in education and employment in the future. Our goal is to use the funds raised by the event next year to support at least 1,000 children and their families to develop fully in early childhood – the age of 0 to 7 years. In the Early Childhood Development Centers in Sofia and Plovdiv, the foundation’s specialists – social workers, psychologists, rehabilitators, and family therapists will support children with developmental difficulties, children at risk of abandonment, children at risk of dropping out of the education system, living in poverty and isolation.   The theme of this year’s Evening of Virtues “Eyes of the Future” will immerse guests in an interactive story about the dreams of the organization in the coming years – the new vision of the future and the philosophy that only people can help other people. Ms. Ivanka Shalapatova, Executive Director of the For Our Children Foundation, will also present the idea of the new network of investors in early childhood development, which will be launched in 2021 in partnership with the international organization The Human Safety Net.   The hosts of the event will be the famous Bulgarian actors Elena Petrova and Kalin Vrachanski, and the traditional charity bidding, which will be realized in a new way in a virtual environment, will again be in the masterful hands of Igor Markovski.   In support of investments in early childhood development and their importance for the development of the full potential of children at a later age, guests will hear the voice of the golden teacher of Bulgaria, Mr. Theodosius Theodosiev-Theo. One of the most famous dancers in Bulgaria, Remi Toin, will take part in the evening with a choreography specially developed for the event, and the actors from the Musical Theater Ilona Ivanova and Denko Prodanov will present a musical gift for the guests with a performance of two emblematic duets from popular musicals.   Tickets for the event are worth BGN 150 and can be purchased online through the foundation’s website or by bank transfer. For confirmation or additional information: charity@detebg.org.   You can learn more about the event here. For Our Children Foundation thanks the sponsors and partners of the event – Dundee Precious Metals, Special Events Group, Sofia Event Center, MP-Studio and MP Studio Events, EOS Matrix, Interlogistics Holding Limited Sofia, Sinevo, The Smarts, J Point, and Arlet Stars. Their support provides all organizational costs and provides the opportunity for 100% of the funds raised before and during the Evening of Virtues to be directed to the cause in support of early childhood development.   Last year, thanks to the nearly BGN 170,000 raised during the Evening of Virtues 2019, the foundation supported over 1,000 children and…

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Postbank Business Run 2020 in support of For Our Children Foundation again

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4 620 BGN – this is the amount with which the biggest team building in Bulgaria Postbank Business Run 2020 stood again behind our cause again – family support and prevention of abandonment. For Our Children Foundation is among the causes of the event for the fourth time.     On October 18, 2020 on the territory of the Business Park Sofia over 800 participants from 70 companies, gathered in 183 teams, took part in the eighth edition of the charity relay race, organized by Begach Running Club and Postbank. For all of them, the satisfaction from sports, from the shared time with colleagues and friends, from the common goals and achievements was complemented by the opportunity to contribute to the development of children who have a difficult destiny.   In this year’s edition, the organizers donated 30% of the participation fees for the event to two beneficiaries: For Our Children Foundation and Waterway Foundation, which provide support to children from risk groups so that they can grow up as independent adults and get a chance to have a full life.   “Since 2012, Begach Running Club has been connecting charity and sports. We are glad that we can help people in need through something pleasant – namely movement and running” – shared with us Elenko Elenkov – one of the founders of Begach Running Club and organizer of many marathons.   With the donated amount the experts of For Our Children Foundation will provide psychological, social, and material support to children and families who are going through a crisis situation and need someone to give a hand to overcome the crisis, to take care of their children, and not to abandon them. The donation will enable us to provide rehabilitation and specialized therapy for children with disabilities and developmental difficulties and to encourage their families in the efforts they make for every small step forward in the development of their children.   We thank the organizers of the Begach Running Club for once again giving their vote of confidence to us and showing their empathy at a time when only true friendships resist, cemented by common values and dreams.   We also express our gratitude to all the participants in Postbank Business Run 2020, who showed that together they can play sports, have fun and do good, united by a common cause….

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The donors of the equipment for the sensory room visited the Center for Early Child Development in Sofia

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On 22.10.2020 in the Foundation “For Our Children” had special guests – representatives of the donors, thanks to which the equipment in our sensory room is completely renovated and in it, our specialists give a chance to children with disabilities and developmental problems every day to do their small steps on the path of their growth.   The room is part of our Early Childhood Development Center in Sofia. For its renewal, we were helped by the Association of Family Business – Bulgaria (FBN-Bulgaria Next Generation), AbbVie Bulgaria, and Deloitte Bulgaria.   The sensory room is an extremely valuable element of the Center, as we work with children in need, who we support through all our services included in it – the two Centers for Public Support, the Center for Foster Care, the Children’s House, and the Day Center.   It is no coincidence that we call the sensory room “The Magic Room” – in it, young children with developmental disabilities or disabilities receive specialized support from our specialists to stimulate the development of their sensory systems, motor activity, cognitive processes, interaction, and communication and to develop its full potential. The room is useful for all children, but we mainly work with children with hyperactivity and attention deficit, autism, mental retardation, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, anxiety, and stress.   Raya Tsvetanova – Senior Specialist in Early Childhood Intervention, welcomed the guests from Deloitte and FBN-Bulgaria Next Generation and introduced them to the wonderful world of the room, showing them how the equipment works and how it affects children. Multisensory devices generate various light effects, colors and moving shapes, mimic the soothing effect of water, give a feeling of vibration on the body. Through the balls and additional materials, children are given the opportunity to touch a variety of fabrics and textures that bring different sensations when touched. The box with fine sand – a natural material, provokes initiative, and creativity in the child. Sets with shapes and numbers glow in bright colors in UV light and improve cognition. The room also uses a musical background to emphasize and complement the purpose of the activity with certain sounds and melodies according to the needs of the child.   Our guests were also interested in the water tower with constantly changing colors, moving bubbles and colored fish in it, the spotlight for relaxation and concentration with oil filters in different gradient colors, the wall panel for drawing and writing with UV light through a special flashlight pen.   Raya shared her impressions of the activities with the children, adapted to their individual needs. In the sensory room, they engage and develop their senses, learn to interact with the world around them, but in a safe environment that builds their confidence and abilities. As they explore the space, parents and professionals can see what the child likes or dislikes, what calms or stimulates them. Lights, colors, sounds. Magic happens in this room. In the “Water Tower” the swimming fish creates a cheerful mood, blue light has a calming and relaxing effect, and the cosmic landscape of the spotlight can transport you to the wonderful world of imagination – a world in which young visitors to the “Magic Room” are immersed in.   The long road that needs to be taken really requires small but persistent steps taken together – a process in which FBN-Bulgaria will continue to be a loyal partner involved in the cause of the Foundation “For Our Children” – said lawyer Viktor Gugushev and Dimitar Dimitrov, FBN-Bulgaria Next Generation and Tanya Kirova – Executive Director, FBN-Bulgaria.   Their impressions were shared by the guests from Deloitte Bulgaria: “It is extremely satisfying to see that the funds donated by Deloitte employees in Bulgaria last Christmas contributed to the sensory room for working with children with disabilities become a reality – despite the challenges we all faced with the coronavirus. We appreciate Raya Tsvetanova for telling us about the small-big miracles that children experience in the room and for the progress they achieve in it step by step. Because that’s the point. We also would like to express our gratitude to For Our Children Foundation for once again giving us the opportunity to be part of the happy stories it creates. ”said Desislava Kirkova, Clients and Markets Manager, Deloitte Bulgaria.   “Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to work with modern equipment and see how children who need support are more confident, freer to communicate and open their senses to the world.” Raya Tsvetanova replied to the donors. “Miracles only happen when we are united – professionals, parents and donors. For one, the miracle may be to climb Botev Peak, for another – to win a Mathematical Olympiad, and for a third – to learn to tie his shoes or hold a spoon. We are grateful that together we make miracles possible in the lives of dozens of children with disabilities. ”   It is extremely satisfying for the entire team of the foundation to know that there are people who see the meaning of our work, appreciate it and support it unreservedly.   Thank you,…

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The Vice Chairman of the SAA and the Vice Mayor of Plovdiv visited the renovated Center for Early Childhood Development of the For Our Children Foundation

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The Vice Executive Director of the Social Assistance Agency, Ana Ananieva, and the Vice Mayor for Social Activities of Plovdiv Municipality, Anesti Timchev, visited the Early Childhood Development Center, which was established by the For Our Children Foundation in Plovdiv. The two were welcomed by the Executive Director of the foundation, Dr. Ivanka Shalapatova, and checked how the construction activities, started on October 5 in the former children’s home “Rada Kirkovich”, where the complex will be located, are going.   It is being built by the For Our Children Foundation, with the help of like-minded people and donors, and with the support of the Plovdiv Municipality, and will soon become a modern center for comprehensive support for young children and their families. At the moment, the flooring is being replaced on both floors, as well as the window frames and the spaces are being completely redone.   “Many companies have committed themselves and are helping to build the center. The business responds and we receive serious support from donors, with which we will turn the complex into a friendly place and we will develop a good service.” commented Dr. Shalapatova.   “With joint efforts, the former orphanage will become a complex center for the development of social attitudes towards certain groups. Here we will give the right to Plovdiv’s Universities to present the future activity to those who want to work in the social sphere and we will invite external specialists who will help us to improve the service and work with children and families.” said Anesti Timchev.   After the reconstruction of the floors in the center, the first in Bulgaria Museum of Institutional Care will be opened, which will tell the story of the center and the deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria.   For Our Children Foundation has been working in Plovdiv for 10 years through its Center for Public Support “For Children and Parents.” In 2018, in recognition of its contribution to the development of social services in the city, the Foundation received the right from Plovdiv Municipality to turn two floors of the building into an Early Childhood Development Center, where children and families can receive timely support from specialists – social workers, psychologists, rehabilitators and speech…

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Delicious food from Food Arena for large families we work with in Plovdiv

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Three families we work with through the Center for Public Support “For Children and Parents” in Plovdiv receive hot food thanks to our new partnership with Food Arena.   Food Arena is a catering company established in 2018. Every day, with ambition and creativity, professional chefs prepare a variety of dishes for the home, office, or special occasions.   From the end of September 2020, three large families with small children, who live in difficult conditions and for whom meeting the basic needs of daily life is a serious challenge, enjoy fresh food from Food Arena twice a week. The food is created from fresh products with smiles and a lot of attention to be delicious for everyone. This is part of the comprehensive support that our specialists provide so that families can take good care of their children and don’t have to face the dilemma of whether to abandon them.   “The families are very happy with the food because they are given something they have never tried before – a warm, nutritious lunch for the whole family. They said it was very tasty and enough for the whole family. Sincere thanks! ” shared Stella Alexandrova, a senior social worker at our Center for Public Support “For Children and Parents” in Plovdiv, which coordinates the distribution of food.   “Charity and helping people in need have always been part of our corporate culture. Doing one good deed births more good. It is not only the responsibility of business but also a wonderful example for society. In the difficult times we live in, every gesture counts! ” said Desislava Peteva, founder and manager of Food…

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The reconstruction of our Center for Early Childhood Development in the city of Plovdiv begins

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The renovation of two floors of the building of the first orphanage in Bulgaria and a former home for children deprived of parental care “Rada Kirkovich” in the city of Plovdiv has started. There, with the help of our supporters and donors, we will build a modern center for comprehensive support for young children and their families.   The Foundation has been working in Plovdiv for 10 years through its Center for Public Support “For Children and Parents.” In 2018, in recognition of its contribution to the development of social services in the city, the foundation received the right from Plovdiv Municipality to convert two floors of the building into the Early Childhood Development Center, where children and families receive timely support from specialists – social workers, psychologists, rehabilitators and speech therapists.   The project for reconstruction of the provided premises was made completely free of charge, and today, thanks to the faith and social commitment of the partners and donors of the organization, the activities for their transformation have started. “It is not very difficult for Bulgarian business to build such a center if it unites – everyone can provide materials from their own portfolio, which is a financially very effective method for donation. Of course, this does not eliminate the need to raise funds, but the construction of the site can be practically fully ensured this way, “said Radoslav Koshkov, Schneider Electric’s regional manager for Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo and one of the first to stand behind the cause in Plovdiv.   The entire amount needed for the construction of the Center has not yet been collected. That is why the team of the Foundation appeals to all companies in the city and the region with an invitation to invest in its creation. “I am convinced that people in Plovdiv and the region will do everything in their power to ensure a better future for children. We can do it together!” shared Ivanka Shalapatova, executive director of the For Our Children Foundation. Every business/company has the opportunity to make a financial or material donation for construction materials, and the citizens of Plovdiv can help build the Center by making an online donation at www.detebg.org/dari-sega .   For Our Children Foundation expresses its gratitude to the first supporters and companies that supported the start of the reconstruction works of the Early Childhood Development Center: independent designers – arch. B. Stolinchev, eng. M. Boneva, eng. R. Panova, eng. J. Stoimenova, construction investor control company Sabevi, S Project, The Smarts, Stroykolux, ARH CityStroy, Dundee Precious Metals Chelopech, Henkel, Schneider Electric , Ataro Klima, KCM 2000 Group, Filkab, Raynars Aluminum, Liebherr-Hausgerete Maritsa, ROITI, Hydrostab, TMT-Elcom, Europimel, Gracia-SK, May Nails, Limacon, Alex Rad, Food Arena, VIO Moda, Ajax Holding, Nivela Em.   The future Early Childhood Development Center will include Center for Public Support, which will provide various integrated services for achieving optimal development of children in early childhood and support for a secure family environment, Center for Early Childhood Development, which will provide support for development of the potential of the child, Training center for specialists, parents, prospective adoptive parents and prospective foster families and Museum exposition, which will tell the story of the center and the deinstitutionalization in…

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Doppelherz in support for prevention of babies and young children’s abandonment

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The German company Doppelhertz will now support our program for the prevention of abandonment of babies and young children. From the beginning of September 2020, it will set aside part of the funds received from the sales of each package of Doppelhertz Active Mama and Doppelhertz Immuno for children.   We strongly believe in the power of partnerships between successful companies and vital causes for our society. Thanks to our joint initiative with Doppelhertz, we will continue to provide mobile support for mothers who are in danger of abandoning their child, mobilizing a support network around them to increase their motivation and confidence that they will cope with child care. By investing in the resources of the parents, the danger of separation between the child and his family is reduced.   In 2019, thanks to our support, 342 children were saved from abandonment, and 1428 children and their parents received social and psychological assistance. Our common goal is to collect the amount of BGN 20,000 together within the first year of our partnership. With each package of Doppelhertz Active Mother and Doppelhertz Immuno for children purchased, everyone can support a child in need. Together we can help more children stay at home!   The success of Doppelherz is due to the quality and tradition in their products, as well as the company’s ability to adapt quickly to the ever-changing needs of modern man. We are grateful that in this very difficult year, they stand by us. In the days marked by the pandemic with COVID-19, which put many Bulgarian families to the test, this support is very valuable. It gives us the opportunity to continue to work actively to prevent the abandonment of newborns from the maternity ward.   *The two hearts image is a trademark of Doppelhertz, known to millions of people. The symbol associated with high-quality food supplements and care for people and nature. Behind the successful brand is a successful manufacturer Queisser Pharma – a German company that has been on the market since 1897. The result of Queisser Pharma’s 120 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry is a wide range of first-class products and responsibility to the society in which we live. We sincerely hope that the power of the two hearts will become the power of thousands of them because together we do everything possible!   You can learn more about the products here: https://www.doppelherz.bg/produkti/dopelkhercr-aktiv-mama/…

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Center Development welcomed its first visitors

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Our new day care center for children, called “Development”, welcomed its first young visitors yesterday. Six children, together with their parents, crossed the threshold of the center in the morning. During the time spent there, they managed not only to adapt to the environment but also to have fun. All present specialists and guests of the newly opened center were smiling widely and were full of positive emotions. According to one of the parents, this is “a very good place where we will work together to achieve good results.”   The daycare center is a social service that provides comprehensive support for young children with developmental difficulties and their parents. They will work with a wide range of specialists – social workers, pedagogues, rehabilitators, speech therapists, nurses, which both children and parents need to lead a full life and overcome social isolation. Through various socialization and development activities, including games, fairy tales, dances, and other activities, children will overcome the dynamic challenges they face in order to be able to participate effectively in the educational process at a later stage.   This center is part of the Center for Early Childhood Development in Sofia, which we open and provide four types of support programs. They are divided into basic and developmental care for full- and half-day (3 – 7 years) or hourly care (0 – 7 years), depending on their specific needs. The program for working with parents, guardians, or relatives of children with disabilities is part of the services for counseling and additional support. It aims to build a receptive attitude towards the child in the family and to establish knowledge and skills to provide the child with appropriate support.   The entire capacity of the Day Care Center “Development” is 20 children, 8 of whom can be under the full day care program. The use of its services is completely free. They are available via a referral for use, issued by the Social Assistance Directorate, Child Protection Department, at the place of residence of the family. The indoor and outdoor spaces in the center are built taking into consideration the different age and different disabilities of the…

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Citi continues to support the Foundation and foster care in Bulgaria in 2020

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2020 was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and Bulgaria was among the affected countries. From the beginning of March, thousands of children and their families became the invisible victims to the state of emergency and its economic consequences. Most affected by the situation are children at risk from low-income families, because they lack the resources needed to tackle the new challenges.   Over the last 5 years, Citi Bulgaria and the For Our Children Foundation have built a strong partnership focused on the development for foster care in Bulgaria and on the support of foster families. In 2020, Citi is renewing its financial support to the Foundation and in response to the new challenges presented by the pandemic and the new world context, expanding the funding outreach to address three main issues:   facilitate the placement of abandoned children in foster families, the best alternative for children, separated from their biological parents; provide sustainable support and other medical services for the foster children with developmental difficulties. Citi support will finance various socializing activities for children, art and music therapy; trainings and group self-help sessions for foster families; ensure support of social workers from the Foster Care Center. The Center will offer daily care for children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, and its specialists will organize recreational, but also developmental activities to support children in overcoming various communication and physical difficulties; support the emergency family support program, created by For Our Children Foundation to respond quickly to the social impact and consequences of COVID-19, as well as to prevent child abandonment due to poverty and material deprivation. The program includes social, material and financial support to overcome the crisis and stabilize families. The supply of food, baby food, hygiene products, new clothes and school supplies, the purchase of medicines will provide the breathing space to families who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. In addition to material assistance, the program also includes social support for coping with stress, counseling to increase parental capacity and mental wellness advice on dealing with feelings of insecurity due to social isolation.   As before, Citi’s employees will actively support the Foundation’s efforts through their participation in various volunteer and donation campaigns. Their commitment complements the company’s efforts to improve children’s well-being in Bulgaria. The result is a strong synergy between the donors and the Foundation – one of the most distinctive marks of the successful long-term partnership….

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