The first “Annual awards for good practices in the field of social services” took place last night on the initiative of Sofia municipality. “For Our Children Foundation” received 5 awards, among which a first place for “Social partnership with business” for its collaboration with “Citibank – Bulgaria plc”.
Our partnership with the financial institution dates from the end of 2015 and since then it supports children, accommodated in foster families, providing 32% of the sum which the foundation invests in the “Foster care” service.
As a result of this support, from the beginning of 2018 until this moment, 48 children in foster families received bigger opportunities for complete development and socialization.
“It is hard to find partners in the corporate sector who will believe in foster care, especially in the way foster families are looked at nowadays. This is why I want to congratulate the whole team of the foundation for continuing to look for partners in the face of the corporate sector who will support the quality of life of children in foster care. The funds invested by the state are not enough and every child deserves a quality life despite the fact it experienced separation with its family. Foster care and every other social care deserve to receive the partnership of the corporate sector,” said Ivanka Shalapatova, executive director of “For Our Children” foundation, upon accepting the award.
The support of “Citibank – Bulgaria” is key to the development and high quality of foster care as it allows us to provide additional services for foster children and families. With their assistance, we provide a visit by a doctor for emergency accommodation, additional experts – psychologist, “Early Childhood Intervention” specialist, and for children with disabilities or development difficulties – rehabilitation, specialized therapy, and medication. We include foster children in various socializing activities – excursions to natural and historical attractions, visits to museums, sports facilities, and art workshops to develop their talents.
The employees of “Citibank – Bulgaria” also actively support our activity, engaging even their families and friends. In the framework of the annual “Global Community Day” volunteer initiative, over 40 employees their loved ones helped us refresh the fence of our social services centers and, on the occasion of the start of the school year, donated specialized developmental toys necessary for the work of our specialists with the foster children. Additionally, employees also make regular donations in the form of adapted milk and clothes. They are also our dear guests and supporters of important events and celebrations such as Children’s Day, Evening of the virtues, etc.
“We are proud of our partnership with “For Our Children” foundation and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of their foster care mission in Bulgaria and to support them in their efforts to ensure every child has the right to grow happy and loved in a family”, said Galya Tomova, CSR coordinator at “Citibank – Bulgaria”.
The team of “Citibank – Bulgaria” is part of the life of “For Our Children” foundation. We believe that only with the support of genuine socially committed partners we will be able to achieve the social change that our country needs!