The Cedar Foundation received an award in the category Sustainable Development during the “Happy Childhood Guaranteed” award ceremony.
The “Happy Childhood Guaranteed” initiative is organised by the State Agency for Child Protection (SACP). The three award categories are Sustainable Development, Impactful Innovation, and Achieved Change.
The event was opened by Dr. Eleonora Lilova, the SACP’s chairperson, and Mr. Biser Petkov, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy. He greeted SACP for founding awards to recognise contributions in the field of National Policy for Children. Hristina Hristova, the former Minister of Labour and Social Policy, welcomed enthusiastically the competition too.
Applications were assessed by a committee of seven members. The head of which was Dr. Eleonora Lilova and the members were representatives from the SACP’s Advisory Board, the SACP’s Children Council, the National Association of the Municipalities in Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) as well as academics and notable individuals.
During the awards ceremony Alexandrina Dimitrova, the Cedar Foundation’s CEO, expressed her gratitude for the appreciation shown towards the Foundation’s work. She said: “I would like to thank the State Agency for Child Protection for laying the groundwork of the “Happy Childhood Guaranteed” initiative. I would like to wish them many more editions of the award ceremony, because there are numerous organisations, individuals, and institutions that deserve to be recognised for their contribution. When my colleagues and I see the positive change in the lives of the children we take care of we feel a sense of fulfillment. As all of you know, this change requires long years of funding, perseverance, and of course a team of highly motivated and devoted individuals. Hence, this award is for them. We often forget to thank each other caught up in the rush of everyday life. This is why I am using this occasion to thank them for being there for more than one hundred children and youngsters on a daily basis in order to guarantee a happier childhood and a better future for them. Thank you!”
In total seventy-three city councils, NGOs, and citizen organisations delivering social and general services for children received awards in the three categories.