3082 supported children – 1205 children and their families from vulnerable communities, residential and community services; 1877 children in hospital care;
33 locations of providing the programs in the country, 1 of them new – Center for Community Support Kyustendil (Health and Social Development Foundation);
26 partners;
5 active projets, 4 of them new – Quality Education for Equal Start, Play to Have Chances, Growing Together, INSPIRE: Seven strategies to end violence against children;
79 specialists trained to implement the Element of Play® program – Early Childhood component, Element of Play®, Methodical seminar;
4 practices implementing the Element of Play® program monitored and evaluated with the participation of the local stakeholders through the ECD QUAT tool.

 

2019

• 1758 children and their families supported by the Element of Play® program;
• 33 locations of providing the Element of Play® program in the country;
• 28 partners, 3 of them new – Kanev Hospital, Ruse, Samaryani Association, Stara Zagora, Sauchastie Association, Varna;
• 5 active projects, 3 of them new – Growing by Playing, My Lifestory Book, Play and Art;
• CSSCF Plovdiv managed by Plovdiv Municipality;
• 90 specialists received an advanced Element of Play® in Practice training; introductory Element of Play® training; introductory Music in Motion training; introductory Sure Start with Element of Play® training;
• 10 specialists received supervision and methodological support.
2018

• 1542 children and their families supported by the Element of Play® program;
• 26 partners, 5 of them new – Pirogov Hospital, Caritas Foundation, Roma Health Foundation, Health and Social Development Foundation, Municipality of Plovdiv;
• 15 locations of providing the programs in the country;
• 1 new Music in Motion program – CSSCF Plovdiv at the Municipality of Plovdiv;
• 4 active projects, 3 of them new – Play for Achievements, Mission: Play, Little Heroes in Pirogov Hospital, Sofia;
• 1 new target group – children from refugee families;
• 40 specialists received introductory and advanced Element of Play® training.
2017

• 1818 children and their families supported through play-based programs;
• 21 partners, 7 of them new – Cedar Foundation, Kyustendil, Future for the Children Association, Kazanlak, Helping Hand Foundation, Dobrich, Targovishte Hospital, Pchelitsa Kindergarden, Targovishte, Svetlina Community Cultural Center, Davidovo, Center for Early Childhood Development (International Social Service), Kotel;
• 19 toy libraries in 10 locations;
• 1 new target group – children from marginalized kindergartens;
• 2 new pilot programs in the Children’s Ward of the Targovishte Hospital and Pchelitsa Kindergarden Targovishte in partnership with the NGO Club;
• 5 new Music in Motion programs – For Our Children Foundation; CSRI Ruse (Child and Space Association); Mecho Puh Day Care Center, Ruse (Child and Space Association); Center for Early Childhood Development, Kotel, (ISS), Caritas Sofia;
• 100 specialists received Element of Play® training; Helping Children in Crisis specialized seminar.
2016

• 2420 children and their families supported through play-based programs;
• 19 partners;
• 30 children received individual care by 14 assistants;
• 1 active project;
• 130 specialists received Music in Motion and Storytelling training; Monitoring and Evaluation training.
2015

• 2400 children and their families supported through play-based programs;
• 21 partners, 6 of them new – Animus Foundation, For Our Children Foundation, Child and Space Association, DMSGD Pazardzhik, HS P.Slaveykov, Pleven, NGO Club, Targovishte;
• 1 active and 1 new project Mobile approach – Toy Library
• 3 new Music in Motion programs – FCC Shumen, FCC Novi pazar and SCC Veliki Preslav;
• 1 new Attachment Asscistant practice in Detelina Home, Pleven;
• 130 specialists received Music in Motion, Storytelling and Attachment Assistant training; Monitoring and Evaluation training.
2014

• 1456 children and their families supported through play-based programs;
• 16 partners, 4 of them new – I Primary School, Targovishte; FCC Shumen, FCC Novi pazar and FCC Veliki Preslav;
• 16 toy libraries, 11 of them in DMSGD (Baby Homes) and 5 in community services;
• 187 children received individual care by 98 attachment assistants;
• 1 active and 1 new project funded by Dundee Precious Foundation;
• 3 new Music in Motion programs – DMSGD Pleven, Nadezhda Home, Ruse, DMSGD Vratsa;
• 6 new locations for implementation of the scale for measuring early childhood development Bayley 3 – Detelina Home – Pleven, DMSGD Ruse, DMSGD Shumen, DMSGD Targovishte, DMSGD Vratsa, DMSGD Varna;
• 500 specialists received Music in Motion and Attachment Assistant training, and training on using the scale for assessment of early childhood development Bayley III.
2013

• 1580 children in DMSGD and 60 in community service supported through play-based programs;
• 510 children in institutional care supported through the Music in Motion program;
• 2 new Music in Motion programs – DMSGD Varna, Detelina Home, Pleven;
• 12 partners, 1 of them new – Karin Dom Foundation;
• 16 specialists received Bayley III.
2012

• 4 new partners – Detelina Home, Pleven, DMSGD Ruse, DMSGD Shumen and Nadezhda Home, Ruse;
• 11 toy libraries, 2 of them new – in the Home in Pleven and the Home in Ruse;
• 2 new Music in Motion programs – DMSGD Shumen and DMSGD Ruse;
• 1 new location for implementation of the scale for measuring early childhood development Bayley 3 – DMSGD Debelets.
2011

• 6 new partners – DMSGD Targovishte, DMSGD Vratsa, DMSGD Burgas, DMSGD Debelets, DMSGD Pleven, DMSGD Varna;
• A license for Mobile Center for Work with Children.
2010

• Toy Library pilot project in DMSGD Debelets – providing toys and staff training;
• Registration of WWO – Bulgaria as a non-profit organization.

 

2009

WWO started working on its Granny’s Grandchild early intervention program in collaboration with O.A. Milosardie, in 9 Baby Homes – DMSGD Vratsa, DMSGD Pleven, DMSGD Targovishte, DMSGD Ruse, DMSGD Shumen, DMSGD Yambol, DMSGD Debelets, the Home in Pleven and Nadezhda Home Ruse.
2004 - 2009

Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) international was founded in 1997 by Dr. Jane Aronson, a renowned pediatric infectious disease and adoption specialist who dedicated her life to working with children.

From the beginning, WWO’s mission has been to enrich the lives of vulnerable children by improving the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive well-being of orphaned children throughout the world. WWO’s scope of work continues to change and adapt as the face of childhood vulnerability evolves in each country. The science of early brain development continues to develop, research on the effects of adverse childhood experiences on a child’s development increases, and so do the myriad lessons learned from our team’s decades of experience.

By 2011, WWO consolidated its efforts under one innovative program design called Element of Play®. This model addresses gaps in our prior understanding of how children think and feel and overcomes barriers to quality early intervention services. This approach, based on a science-based theory of development, supports more than the immediate needs of children, it also addresses the strengths and challenges facing children within their families, communities, and society.

Today, our program strength lies in this innovative play methodology and its ability to reduce developmental delays in the children that we serve. We are focusing on expanding our Element of Play® training sessions and increasing our network of collaborative partners. We will continue to monitor the effect our work has on deepening the bonds between caregivers and children, while we work to mitigate adverse childhood experiences. Our goal is to increase the number of children we reach with our therapeutic play while we work towards implementing widely our skills development program for out-of-school youth, and unemployed adults.

Over the past 22 years, we have changed the lives of over 150,000 children, families, and communities, and worked in a total of nineteen countries. Today our beneficiaries live in Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Vietnam. May our work over the next 22 years,  continue to be responsive, innovative, and impactful as we all work towards eliminating developmental delays in young children worldwide.

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