To alleviate the impacts of COVID-19 policies, many initiatives have been developed by civil society organisations – NGOs, local governments, or citizens. A team of national researchers from the RESISTIRÉ project has collected and highlighted a set of particularly relevant initiatives in 27 European countries and in Iceland, Serbia, the United Kingdom and Turkey. These Better Stories cover eight specific domains: gender-based violence, the labour market, the economy, gender-pay and pension gaps, gender care gaps, decision-making and politics, environmental justice, human and fundamental rights.

This Better Story was collected by Ralitsa Golemanova​


Concordia Bulgaria Foundation initiated activities under the project “Life after COVID – psychological support for Children and families affected by the Epidemiological Crisis”, financed under the “IRIS” programme of the “Workshop for Civil Initiatives” Foundation.

An ambitious initiative for vulnerable children affected by COVID-19 and their families

In the upcoming six months, the project aims to strengthen family relationships in at-risk communities affected by the COVID-19 crisis. During the project, the members will work with 50 children in the metropolitan districts of Orlandovtsi and Zaharna Fabrika-poor neighbourhoods in Sofia.

Besides, the organisation will support needy families through various resources – providing food, clothing and shoes for the children, educational support, consultations with a psychologist, social worker and family work. Through these activities, the initiative intends to:

  • Strengthening the relationships between children and parents
  • Increasing parental capacity with a focus on caring in stressful situations
  • Helping children to overcome educational deficits and difficulties
  • Preventing violations of children’s rights for a better and healthier family environment

Find out more about the initiative

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