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"Hope and Homes for Children" (Bulgarian branch) is currently working in 13 districts in Bulgaria and has already prevented over 2,432 child abandonments, moved 19 children from the Central Children's Center to a family environment, and reintegrated 167 children into their biological families. The organization supported 208 foster families and with their help, assisted in the closure of 25 orphanages and work is underway to close the last remaining homes for medical and social care for children in Kardzhali, Stara Zagora, Varna, and Pleven.
In this regard, the organization is preparing a report book with the title "2826" as the total number of interventions we have carried out so far. We will present the report at the beginning of the conference on March 23rd, 2023.
"I gave birth to my second child while waiting for two hours for the ambulance. Alone, with a 3-year-old child and a newborn... I got into a crisis. "Hope and Homes for Children" gave me back my children and the courage that I can manage. People, the mistakes we made are ours but have faith! Fight!" 23-year-old mother from the village of Elhovo
20-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDRA WANTS TO BECOME A SOCIAL WORKER TO HELP PEOPLE.
5-YEAR-OLD IVA DREAMS OF BEING WITH HER PARENTS FOREVER.
12-YEAR-OLD PHILIP WILL FORGET THAT HE WAS IN AN INSTITUTION.
Iva and Filip are the names of two of Bulgaria's invisible children. The crisis in their families threatens them with life in an institution.
And what does a child need to thrive?
- To grow among people who love and care for them.
- To have the opportunity to study, work and access quality education.
- To understand that if they are in trouble they can seek help and they will find it.
What Does "Hope and Homes for Children" Do?
"Hope and Homes for Children Bulgaria" works in 13 out of 28 districts in the country.
The needs assessment in the regions of Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Haskovo, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Kardjali, Sofia, Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Pleven showed the need for interventions in 89 families in 2023. The organization's work in these regions will aim to prevent the family separation of 170 children at risk, reunite 2 children with their biological parents, and support the transition of 41 children to foster care families. "Hope and Homes for Children Bulgaria" works in 13 out of 28 districts in the country. The first Bulgarian childcare institution in the city of Teteven was closed with their technical support in 2010 and has since been used as an example to support the government's childcare reform. A child belongs in a family! They partner with families to support them through crises and provide the necessary care for adolescents.
The non-profit actively participates in supporting parents or caregivers in finding a job, issuing personal documents, repairing the home, and all activities that lead to permanent income and stability. The organization is there for the parents when the child gets sick, visits hospitals, or needs specific foods, equipment, or rent. It contributes to the happiness and health of the little ones and encourages local communities to mobilize resources and work together to create a stabilizing environment that leads to long-lasting impact.
Support from "Hope and Homes for Children" is quick and targeted, based on an individual assessment, and is short-term, so as not to create dependencies on donations and for children to grow up with dignity. The first Bulgarian childcare institution in the city of Teteven was closed with their technical support in 2010 and has since been used as an example to support the government's childcare reform.
What Will Your Support be Used For?
Funds generated through Bithope will be used to support 14 cases of children from families in crisis in Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Haskovo, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Kardjali, Sofia, Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Pleven regions.
The funds will cover costs for:
- Costs to cover utilities - electricity, water, heating.
- Expenses to cover rent.
- Purchase of firewood.
- Provision of clothes, aids for baby/child, and the cover of the kindergarten fee.
- Expenses for baby/child supplies.
- Incidental expenses (buying food products for the family, household supplies, others)