The National Network for Children released its Annual Report for 2022.
Another year has passed, marked by numerous challenges – war, floods, political and economic crises. However, even in this difficult situation, we managed not to lose focus on the most important thing – child policies and creating a better environment for their lives.
In 2022, we sent over 50 opinions and positions on current topics related to children to the authorities and institutions. Over 200 experts, children, and families participated in our report “Notebook.” We set 13 tasks for the caretaker government and 18 urgent tasks for the regular government in official letters. We welcomed 8 new organisations that became part of the Network since the last General Assembly (between June 2022 and June 2023). We participated in 11 working groups and 4 advisory councils. We received over 700 media coverage of initiatives, events, and positions of the Network, which is a kind of record. We provided over 200 consultations, advice, and guidance, and over 300 recommendations to the institutions, included and presented in the monitoring report “Notebook: What is the average success of the state in caring for children?” As a result of the Network for Children’s and its members’ long-term campaign, the state ensured adequate monitoring of uninsured pregnant women. Tax benefits for parents were significantly increased, something we have been advocating for years. We continue our battles: for a real children’s hospital, for state funding of enteral foods, for the Center for Safe Internet, for a ban on gambling advertisements, for a child strategy.
Bulgaria’s child population increased with thousands of Ukrainian refugees – from the first days of the war, our members were on the front line, and financial donations to the National Network for Children were directed to two Ukrainian organisations. The floods left hundreds of people without homes and in a difficult situation – we helped families from the flooded villages in Karlovo with food and hygiene materials.
In 2022, we worked with children and young people, engaging over 200 of them in our events, children’s camps, and activities. Our Legal Aid Network attracted 19 lawyers and legal experts working for better legislation for children and families. A total of 35 Members of Parliament from 4 political forces supported the initiative “Parliamentary Group for Children” and took the oath in the 49th National Assembly. The “Child-Friendly Company” certificate became a recognisable symbol of corporate social responsibility, and new companies received the prestigious recognition. In 2022, hundreds of people joined our cause by becoming donors.
We thank everyone who supported us throughout the year, and we continue together!