News from FSCI’s Development Programme

In order to increase social change and inclusion across the Balkans and Eastern Europe, FSCI is offering the House of Opportunity and Early Years Education Programmes that the foundation has developed in Bulgaria to other like-minded organisations throughout the region by inviting them to join its Development Programme.

Seven organisations are already partnering with FSCI – House of Opportunity projects have started in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, with Albania not far behind. FSCI’s Greek partners are running a Day Care Centre for care leavers in Athens, while the Albanian partner of FSCI – A2B, with support from FSCI, is helping a local church run a kindergarten for 40 Roma children.

House of Opportunity in Croatia – two official openings in one week

The official openings of the Houses of Opportunity in Čakovec and Varaždin took place at the beginning of September. The launch events were very well attended with guests including the Mayor of the city and the deputy governor of the regional municipality who all spoke of their appreciation of this project. Two FSCI representatives were also delighted to be able to join in the celebrations – the Founder and Chairman of the Bulgarian foundation – Chris Mould and the organization’s Coordinator for the Balkans – Annette Glaw.

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Both of the openings were covered positively on national and local TV for several days afterwards.

(Watch a video of HOP Čakovec here and a video of a drama the young people and staff of HOP Varazdin performed about young people having to leave foster care when they turn 18 – click here)

House of Opportunity going from strength to strength in Serbia

House of Opportunity Belgrade has been going well for the last eleven months and Tanya, the House Manager and director of Center Star, has been busy with preparations for a second Serbian House in the city of Niš.

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At the beginning of Sept. Center Star was able to rent a suitable apartment and training of the HOP staff, volunteers and other interested people by Nikolay, FSCI’s Social Work Dept. Manager, took place mid-September. The team have also identified candidates to join the House of Opportunity Programme in Niš.

House of Opportunity (or “Half-Way House”) finally opened in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

After a long and challenging development period, the first residents were finally able to move into the House of Opportunity that our Partners, Our Kids Foundation, are running in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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There are eight young men in the programme, most of whom have already found a job. The staff team is busy with offering all sorts of training for the young people.