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

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

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11 Months Healthy Nutrition For Our Children by Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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