For 10 years The Cedar Foundation has been changing the lives of abandoned children and youth in Bulgaria.
The Cedar Foundation supports disadvantaged children and youth who have spent part of their lives in isolated institutions. There they were deprived of a loving and accepting environment, a happy childhood and an opportunity to develop their skills. Because of the institutional care system in Bulgaria these children were not perceived as individuals with needs of their own, but rather as a group of beings whose basic needs were satisfied by a limited number of staff. The children received attention and care only during the short time of feeding, changing and bathing. The lack of love and a family significantly slowed down their development.
Over the years, The Cedar Foundation has changed the lives of over 1,500 disadvantaged children and youth for the better. Currently the organization provides individual care in family-type environment to over 66 children and youth, most of whom with disabilities, in the towns of Kazanlak and Kyustendil. Due to the love and individual attention they receive, every one of the children and young adults has shown magnificent progress and developed new skills. They are growing up more confident and independent with each passing day.
“We have many stories of children who, thanks to our care, have started to walk, said their first words, learned how to take care of themselves, tidy up their rooms, cook or have even started working and having friends in the local community” says Alexandrina Dimitrova, Executive Director of The Cedar Foundation.
The Cedar Foundation has received over £13,000 from DM Thomas Foundation since 2011, most recently, a grant of £2,938.