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Improving the Organizational Policies of BFPA on Child Protection

OAK LogoPresentationSofia, April 25-26, 2016

Educational training for supported by OAK Foundation organizations on Developing and Improving Organizational Policies and Procedures for Internal Protection of the Child took place at 25 and 26 April 2016 in Sofia. The participants worked in groups for за improving organizational standards for child protection so that to guarantee the safety of children they work with directly and indirectly. The purpose of the workshop was to improve the knowledge and understanding on child abuse and the requirements for internal protection.

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Report card 2016: What is the average grade of the government for child related policies? graded the institutions 3.28

PanelSofia, April 20 2016

For a fifth consecutive year the National Network for Children presented its annual report “Report card 2016: What is the average grade of the government for child related policies?”. After presenting it to the institutions on April 15th, at a meeting of the Advisory Board of the State Child Protection Agency (SCPA), on April 20th  at the “Peroto” club, the Report card was presented to partners, media and the public. For the first time it was presented simultaneously in 8 regions of Bulgaria. The document aims to review the progress of the implementation of over 20 engagements towards children that the government has undertaken. The Report card evaluates five of them:  General principles of the Declaration of the rights of the Child; Family and alternative care; Healthcare; Education and Justice, plus one additional - child and youth participation. The NNC report comes in two versions – popular – for the public, including children, and expert – meant for specialists and institutions.

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Despite! - Tenth edition of ForumKEY

THE HAT! Sofia, April 9 2016

On April 9, 2016 the stage of the Independent Theatre was the place where the 10th edition of ForumKEY happened. The eight event lectors explained with a lot of vigor and passion how a person can make good ideas come to life against all odds - public limitations, prejudice and lack of governmental support. Each presentation was memorable in its own way, and what happened during the breaks was no less interesting. A person can be successful and happy and do good despite any obstacle.

In the last few years the forum gained popularity among a wide circle of people within and without the NGO sector and is known as the Bulgarian equivalent of the TED conferences. The organizers of “Key”, though, point out the difference that their presentations are based entirely on examples from Bulgaria.

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Commemorating April 8th – the day for commemorating the Roma who died during the Holocaust

Group photoSofia, April 7-8 2016

On April 7–8 – the day of commemoration of the Roma who died during the Holocaust, the Roma medical students and their mentors gathered for a meeting in Sofia, organized by the Open Society Institute. The meeting started with the launch of the short film “Dreamroads”, showing a snapshot of the RHSP in Bulgaria. The film was shot at the end of August during the advocacy camp of the students in Veliko Turnovo. You can see students, their mentors and some events from the main components of the program – scholarship, mentorship, advocacy and media publicity. BFPA is one of the organizations that supported the making and dissemination of the film - you can see our logo at the end. Under the article there is a link to the film uploaded on You Tube with English subtitles.

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Working Group to Fight Violence Among and Against Children

PanelSofia, 22 March 2016

The Parliamentarian Commission for interaction with NGOs and citizens initiated and held on 22 March 2016 a round table in the Narioanl Assembly on violence and aggression among and against children. The event was organized in cooperation with the National Network for Children, whose member is the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), and gathered members of Parliament, representatives of state institutions and NGOs. The deputy minister of Justice Virginia Micheva and the National ombudsman Maya Manolova also participated in the meeting.

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Web platform LOVEGUIDE launched

Loveguide 2Sofia, March 11 2016
The Loveguide online platform was created based on the idea of Nikoleta Popkostadinova – one of the five finalists of the first Reach for change edition back in 2014. This is the place where young people can receive reliable information on love, sex and intimate relationships.
The small but enthusiastic team of the platform is trying in a most comprehensive clear and positive way to present trustworthy information young people would be interested to know about sex and intimacy.
 

Safer Internet for children

Safe internetSofia, February 9 2016

On Feb 9th the world celebrates for the 13th time the International Safe Internet Day. Starting as an initiative of the European Union, it has now spread far beyond it and in 2015 was celebrated in 110 countries on all continents.
On the Safe Internet Day the Bulgarian Center initiated 3 campaigns aimed towards children, teenagers and parents:
#oblechisebe (#putclotheson): Campaign, elaborated together with a group of adolescents and targeting sexualized behavior in Internet and the resulting models of online gender-based violence. The campaign is implemented with the financial support of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism
Program Cyberscout 2016: For a second consecutive year there will be educational sessions for cyberscouts in 6 more regions which will be competing for the best and most interesting activity.
Parent education program: A handbook for parents is elaborated and trainings for parents will be implemented to acquaint them with the risks children face online and the ways of dealing with them.

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Bulgaria and North Macedonia together to support and develop the Health Mediators program

Blagoevgrad, October 7-9, 2019

Study visit of health mediators, NGO representatives and state institutions from the Republic of North Macedonia took place in October 7-9 in Blagoevgrad. The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA) with the support of the National Network of Health Mediators (NNHM) hosted the three days visit and gave an opportunity for the representatives of HERA – Health Education and Research Association, health mediators from Skopje and Prilep and the Ministry of Health of our neighbor country to understand in details how in years was institutionalized and functions the system of health mediation in Bulgaria. Field visit to the Roma neighborhood Predel Mahala was included in the programme and the guests could see how the work of health mediators Antoaneta Eftimova and Katya Kirilova is going on everyday basis – with institutions, as well with people who need and receive their support.

 
Romeo and Juliet from Kosharnik district

Montana, September 12, 2019

The Shakespeare and Servantes tour around the Roma neighborhoods of Bulgaria went to the Kosharnik district of Montana. Talented and enthusiastic local children, selected by the Roma actress Natalia Tzekova presented fragments of the drama “Romeo and Juliet” from a newer angle and with adequate health messages. The aim of the social theatre is with the means of art to inform the public in a comprehensible manner about the harm of early marriages and early school drop outs, the benefits of contraception, the importance of prevention of sexually transmitted infections. The messages target young people as well as their parents, some of which joined the scenes to demonstrate their support for what their children are saying. With his monologue about the Roma Don Quixote Valeri Lekov, also part of the production team, explained some of the community specificities. Between the sketches there were “real life” scenes – a woman from the community visits a doctor who explains the benefits of contraception and debunks some “fake news” about contraceptive methods – all this with a lot of humour and highly appreciated by the audience.

 
BFPA kicks off a new two-year project “I Want to Know”

Sofia, August 23, 2019

With an official green light on August 23, as of Sep 1st BFPA starts activities on a new project – “I WANT TO KNOW – User friendly access to HIV and STI counseling and testing for Roma youth from vulnerable communities”, supported by ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action Programme via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) UK. The project’s duration is 2 years, during which BFPA will provide voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) with a focus on young Roma men (but not excluding women as well) from poor and marginalized districts through its coordinators in the five BFPA branches in Bulgaria - Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia. Activities will begin with a kick-off meeting and VCT training for the service providers, in parallel with informing and awareness raising by elaboration of info materials, disseminated in the targeted communities by one of the closest and dearest BFPA partners – Health Mediators.

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