The Cedar Foundation is an active participant in formulating, implementing and evaluating policies in the field of deinstitutionalization. It provides 24-hour individual care and specialized support for disadvantaged children and young people.
The Cedar Foundation provides 24-hour care to the most children and youths within the NGO sector in Bulgaria. Cedar actively contributes to the deinstitutionalization process, co-chairs the Permanent Expert Group on Deinstitutionalization with the State Agency for Child Protection, and participates in several working groups and advisory councils in Bulgaria.
Cedar introduces current business models in its team management, improves internal communications, and develops the qualifications and experience of the professionals who work with the children and youths. The organization continues to engage new partners with its cause and to support changing public perceptions on social issues.
The Cedar Foundation begins managing the Family-Type Centers and Protected Home in Kazanlak. The Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration “Sineva” in Kyustendil opens in the fall of 2015. At the center, the foundation provides professional support to youths with intellectual disabilities and their families. The number of children and youths, which the foundation supports, increases threefold and the team expands to a hundred professionals.
The organization begins to actively engage with advocacy and educational work. Cedar shares its experience in shutting down state institutions and opening new social services. The foundation begins offering training to social service providers and professionals working in the sector.
The Cedar Foundation begins a partnership with the Municipality of Kazanlak. The organization is instrumental in opening three Family-type Centers and one Protected Home within the city. This facilitates the shutting down of an additional 11 state institutions in the country and the provision of around-the-clock individual care to nearly 50 children and youths.
The state institution in Gorna Koznitsa completely ceases operations. This makes it the first state institution for children with disabilities in Bulgaria to close down. In partnership with the Municipality of Kyustendil, The Cedar Foundation creates and begins managing the Family-type Homes “Siyanie”. Bulgaria begins the process of deinstitutionalization.
The foundation’s central headquarters moves to Sofia and the organization begins fundraising as well as encouraging corporate social responsibility in Bulgaria. Cedar actively prepares the process of relocating the children and youths from the state institution in Gorna Koznitsa and the planning for new Family-type Homes which would take over their care.
The Cedar Foundation initiates the process of shutting down the state institution in Gorna Koznitsa. Meanwhile, Cedar prepares the smooth transition from the institution to a family, or similar, environment for all 58 of the children and youths with disabilities.
The Cedar Foundation team visits the State Institution for Children with Intellectual Disabilities in the village of Gorna Koznitsa. This visit proves decisive for the foundation’s future. From this point on, the organization begins working towards closing down state institutions as they are incapable of providing quality care to children and systemically infringe on their rights.
The Cedar Foundation is founded in Kazanlak by Mark and Penny O’Sullivan. At the time, over 10,000 Bulgarian children live in state institutions. Cedar’s mission is to improve the quality of care that they receive by raising donations, carrying out training, and providing therapy.
OUR GOALS FOR 2016-2020
○ To instigate positive change in social policies and in public attitudes;
○ To provide opportunities for greater self-dependence for the young people we support;
○ To prepare the children from our family-type centers for family;
○ To establish strong organizational culture;
○ To achieve financial stability.