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Ventures

Implementation period: December 2015 – January 2018

Funding: Bulgarian Swiss Cooperation Programme –Civil Society Participation Fund

Role of the organization:  partner of the Municipality of Ruse

Expected results:

  • Information provided to Roma women (approx 400) of reproductive age through informal talks and meetings / support and accompany women (at least 50) in their dealings with the medical services of obstetricians and promotion of healthy reproductive choices.
  • Support the provision of 4 prenatal examinations for at least 50 pregnant women…

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Implementation Period: September 2015 – December 2015

Funding: International Network for Early Childhood Education and Care International  + Step by Step Association (ISSA)

Role of the organization: EQ is asubcontractor, the project is implemented by the National Network for Children

Precis

Childcare practitioners in the Balkans are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of supporting parents in promoting the physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of young children. The Roma community is particularly vulnerable to poor developmental outcomes because…

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Implementation period: April 2015 – June 2015

Funding: Bulgarian – Swiss Cooperation Programme – “Reform Fund linked to Civil Society Participation”

Role of the organization: subcontractor; The project is implemented by the National Network for Children, in partnership with Association “Child and Space” and Institute of Population and Human –Studies

Precis

Despite the efforts of lobbyists and past signs of political will, Bulgaria lacks a legal definition of family support and a coherent approach to supporting families with young children.…

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EQ actively seeks additional resources to supplement the money we receive from the state as social service providers. However, this isn’t simply a question of fundraising to enable us to improve the quality and range of activities and support we provide to children and families. We work in a way that enables members of the community to participate and to feel a sense of shared ownership of the positive results we create together.

The method behind the bazaar enables us…

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Under the banner of Music Academy, EQ provides resources to teenagers who want to perform irrespective of their training or talent.

Results as of October 2015

  • “Three Guitars, One Voice” – in the Regional Historical Museum, Ruse
  •  “Take the Stage with Professional Musicians” – in “Max Club, Ruse
  • “Start from scratch and think big” – in “Max Club”, Ruse
  • “Noise” in the Regional Historical Museum, Ruse
  • “Give hope” – a heavy metal charity concert at Mega Mall Ruse, organized…

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Under the Bold Volunteer banner, EQ provides resources to support young activists and philanthropists. We provide young people with the means to help those less fortunate than themselves and to help transform their neighbourhoods and schools.

Results as of October 2015

  • More than 120 students from Ruse schools have gained certificates by going through the 5 modules in our training programme for young social entrepreneurs.
  • “Europe by rail – May 9”: young volunteers created an entire event for young clients…

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In accordance with state policy, Ruse complex for social services for children and families includes a centre for social support, a centre for street children and a 4-bed emergency placement unit. In parallel with the larger complex, we manage family-type accommodation for children with significant special needs.

Our services aim to support and assist families who face problems in bringing up their children and this includes  preventing abandonment of children and  assisting the deinstitutionalization process by which children…

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Implementation period: January 2015 – December 2017

Source of funding: Trust for Social Alternatives

Role of the organization: leading

Precis

Families from marginalized groups or deprived neighbourhoods lack the resources that most of us take for granted when raising young children. Very young parents are especially vulnerable in these circumstances.

Objectives

The development of certain skill sets among Roma parents from two deprived neighbourhoods in Ruse

  • Improved understanding of the parenting actions that promote physical, cognitive and emotional development…

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Implementation Period: July 2013 – May, 2015

Funding: Bulgarian Swiss Cooperation Programme

EQ’s role: leading, in partnership with Open Society – Ruse

Precis

Background:  There is broad consensus among Bulgarian professionals that “a social service is of good quality when it positively influences the well-being of its users” (BCNP, Quality of the Social Services in Bulgaria, 2008). The government’s monitoring report on deinstitutionalization (2012-2013) acknowledges how a focus on structures as opposed to discrete services has created…

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