First of all, we would like to thank all the 814 donors who have trusted us and thanks to whose generous donations we have realized the many activities of the “Teach life skills for children without parents” project.
Over the past 9 years we have managed to bring over 200 volunteers into our cause and have reached over 700 young people in Bulgaria with one main aim: to empower the youths to successfully pursue their dreams at school, university, work, and in their social life.
To achieve our goals, over the years, we have organized various seminars and training programs, academic courses, summer academies, community events, career workshops and mentoring programs, and many more. Thanks to them, children without parental care have been able to build skills related to psychological awareness and development, effective communication, conflict resolution, human rights protection, body and health care, financial culture and to practice basic professional skills necessary for everyone who plans to work successfully with other people.
All our efforts to work with young people would not have succeeded if it had not been for the tireless and dedicated work of our volunteers. At the end of 2013, our Foundation officially became Center for Work with Volunteers. As part of the project, we have focused efforts to attract, select, train and support volunteers who want to work with underprivileged children and to work with disadvantaged children and youths and help them acquire knowledge and skills for their independent living. We gradually built a cohesive community of volunteers, organized a train-the-trainer program and prepared a trainer's manual.
Our foundation has always strived to meet the social needs in Bulgaria and to follow its mission - supporting disadvantaged young people to develop on an equal footing with other peers.
Since in recent years the process of closing down all the old foster homes has ended, and now the children are accommodated in modern centers where they receive regular professional and psychological help, we decided to expand the target group we work with. This determined the closure of this project and directing our forces in broader directions.
At the moment, the target group of Step for Bulgaria Foundation includes every child or youth who grow up without adequate parental support. This includes, but is not limited to, children whose parents work abroad and are raised by relatives, children whose parents are in prison or are very sick or raised by a single working parent. To support these children, we are actively working on our projects Provide long-term mentors to disadvantaged youts and Provide career counseling for at-risk teenagers.
We will be very grateful if you support these our projects and stay connected with the mission of Step for Bulgaria Foundation.
The Step for Bulgaria Foundation Team