The human face of the social care, to which the state is a debtor
by Martina Bozukova, Mediapool, December 10, 2019
“The mistrust in NGO’s is largely due to people’s lack of knowledge about our work. Messages against non-governmental organizations, that work with our fears, are remembered very easily. But this is the fear of the unknown. Similarly, there were fears when the process of deinstitutionalization began, and people protested and signed up against the establishment of centers for children from the state institutions… So, maybe we need to get better at reaching out to the society,” says Alexandrina Dimitrova, executive director of the Cedar Foundation.
In the past 10 years, Cedar has been developing a successful model of social services for one of the most vulnerable groups – “Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children” – the children from the former state homes, most of whom were closed in the process of deinstitutionalization.
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