Help the Needy Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent public organization. For more than seven years, Help the Needy Foundation has developed and coordinated various programs to improve the conditions of those in need, such as the elderly, orphans, refugees, migrants and displaced people.
As an official partner of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, in the period between 1996/98, Help the Needy Foundation, together with the ex-bureau for territorial asylum and refugees through the Ministerial Council (now Agency for refugees), participated in several projects to assist refugees socialization and integration into society.
Help the Needy Foundation also created the East European Educational Center Program, which has been working successfully for more than 6 years. Help the Need Foundation covers part or all of the educational expenses for over 3,000 students to study at one of four state universities. We work actively with people from minority groups - it is not accidental that Gypsies, Turkish, Armenians, Jewish people, ethnical Bulgarians from Moldova and the Western borders study as our beneficiaries through our East European Educational Center Program.
The Foundation has also developed other projects. In the town of Strelcha, we are in the process of in building of the Milja Social Rehabilitation and Integration Center which will provide free legal and medical help to the needy. The specialists at the center are all volunteers. Another program we organize supports children from big families by providing them with food, fuel, clothes, and through home repairs. At least twice a year Help the Needy Foundation organizes charity events to support those in need by providing food, clothes and shoes.
Help the Needy Foundation is one of the main sponsors of many homes for abandoned, homeless and orphan children: Stefan Vasilev Boarding-School in Svilengrad, Maxim Gorky Special Pedagogic School in the village of Bogdanica, and Daskal Botio Petkov Children Home. We are proud that the Foundation constantly assures free medical treatment for many children from one-parent families, families with more than two children, and orphans.
Through the media club "Euro Press," we organize info-cultural shows, promotions of new edition of Bulgarian authors, and we print new study books that are very helpful to our students. In 2001, Help the Needy Foundation worked with a partner from Denmark on the youth project "The foreign languages - the intellectual gate of the new millennium humanity." Seven groups of students from 5th to 8th grade at the Paisij Hilendarski School in Streltcha learned English language and at the end they received their English certificates.
Over the years, Help the Needy Foundation has developed a large network of volunteers who work for free for the achieving of Help the Needy's goals. Their actual number at the current moment is about 2352 and they all have professional qualifications as Social Workers, Administrators, Lawyers, Engineers, etc. from all spheres of Bulgarian political and social life.
The main goal of Help the Needy Foundation is to support, help and protect those who are needy and to solve their specific problems. The Foundation stands for tolerance, equal opportunity and good life conditions for everyone. It works for Bulgarian Eurointegration and for democratization of our country. For the achievement of its goals, Help the Needy organizes and participates in forums, seminars, conferences and other meetings on national and international level and it cooperates and exchanges information with organizations, institutions and individuals in Bulgaria and abroad. It is the organization of people with good hearts.