We are fundraising for Kids Care Charity because we believe that every child deserved to have a family and a happy childhood. The funds we are set to raise, matched by the generous EBRD Community Initiative, will provide food, medicines and sanitary necessities to more than 20 children in Bulgaria for a year and more.
These are children whose parents face financial and, sometimes, health difficulties to raise them in the family and are, therefore, at risk of being taken away and placed in foster care or at an institutional home. The parents are screened by professionals to ensure that they provide a healthy and secure family environment to the children and that the support Kids Care provides is in the children's best interests. Kids Care also works to find suitable foster care placements and adoptive families for children living in institutional homes and pays for medical care, equipment, and other necessities to meet their special needs.
Updates: Thanks to this fundraising campaign, Kids Care has already made difference in the lives of 12 vulnerable children. Here are some of their stories:
- Victor underwent a complicated cordial spine surgery which left him immobilised for an extended period of time. His family was put into significant financial hardship, relying entirely on his minimum social benefits. They could not afford to send their two kids to school and pay for the special medical care needed for their eldest child. We paid for food, medicine, school meals, school supplies and firewood for the winter.
- Tina looks after her two grandchildren (one with disability) who were left by their mother a long ago. The father (Tina’s son) is diagnosed with schizophrenia and cannot adequately look after his kids. The family received food, cleaning supplies, shoes and clothing for the kids. The kids are also getting professional help for their anxiety.
- A 9 month baby with a rare genetic disorder Cystic Fibrosis received an inhalator who couldn’t be bought by his mother. She is a single mum and her only income is the monthly child credit of BGN 125 (£56). Kids Care will also support them with food, medicine and other necessities.
Other stories of families Kids Care reached out to in 2016.
Here is the story of newly born Marusya, whose parents' joint income is less than c.£50 a month. Kids Care provided baby food, nappies and sanitary necessities to the family in a difficult time to meet the baby's basic needs while they were on the waiting list for state support.
Here is the story of 7-year old Dani, whose single mum cannot afford to send her to school because she does not have money for her daughter's fare to school and lunch. Kids Care covers this minimum expense, which makes a huge difference to Dani who likes learning and dreams of going to college one day.
Here is the story of Robbie, a five year old boy, who survived the care home with his older sister Vicky. In the two years he spent in the institutional home, he developed social deficiency and exhibited intellectual underdevelopment. He could not speak at all, avoided people and could not feed himself. After he was sent to a foster family, Robbie changed significantly: his speech developed rapidly, he no longer feels nervous and anxious, he is able to communicate with his new mum and is very attached to her. He laughs and plays with other children showing psychological and emotional development.
Since Kids Care was established in 2013, it has transformed the lives of 90 children and has improved the living conditions of 100 other children by paying for basic food, medicines, nappies, school meals and supplies.
So, please join us to make a difference in these children's lives.
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