About the project

Foundations for the Future project

The project is funded by the Norwegian Finacial Mechanism under the Home Affairs Program. The Kingdom of Norway’s grant for the project amounts to EUR 899,103. The Norwegian Financial Mechanism contributes to reducing social and economic inequalities and strengthening bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Norway and the 13 beneficiary countries of the European Union.


Overarching goal: 

The project aims to contribute to improving conditions and to bolstering the national capacity to receive international asylum seekers, with a specific focus on unaccompanied minors.

The main goal of the project is to secure participants’ Right to a Childhood, and to guarantee that unaccompanied minors have all their basic human rights met and that the most vulnerable among those seeking international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria are provided with the help they need to live a dignified and safe life.

Who can get involved in the activities?

  • Asylum seekers
  • Unaccompanied minors


The project started on January 19, 2022 and will be implemented for a period of two years.



The project will deliver services to asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors in the Safe Zones within the State Agency for Refugees’ Registration and Reception Centers in Sofia and Harmanli. Activities will also take place in the St. Anna Centre for Refugee and Migrant Integration in Sofia.

ACCESS TO SERVICES with a special focus on unaccompanies minor includes:

  • Preparation of individual case management plans for unaccompanied children
  • Referrals, translation, accompaniment, consultations
  • Multidisciplinary case meetings


CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND NON-FORMAL EDUCATION with a focus on unaccompanied minors includes:

  • Non-formal education sessions, recreational activities, sports and excursions
  • Workshops for developing and applying new skills
  • Sessions covering health and hygiene and daily routines
  • Literacy sessions in Bulgarian
  • A bonus system to build trust and responsibility
  • Work with parents to support and motivate the successful inclusion of their children in the Bulgarian educational system



  • Sessions on financial literacy and access to the labour market
  • Career orientation sessions
  • Meetings with motivational role models
    Three-month internships for mastering a trade
  • Individual support for labour market integration - career guidance, CV and job search
  • Referral to personal development courses
  • Basic and practical knowledge of Bulgarian language



  • Adapting and translating video content for cultural orientation
  • Talent development workshops and volunteer events
  • Cultural, social and sporting events
  • Supporting other migrant families as volunteers in the Mentoring Program


Expected OUTCOMES:


Access to Services:

  • 100 individual management plans for unaccompanied minor
  • At least 200 referrals to health, psycho-social and educational services are implemented
  • A total of 400 asylum seekers have improved access to services


Child Development and Non-formal Education:

  • 300 unaccompanied minors are involved in games, sports, and recreational activities
  • At least 200 unaccompanied minors are involved in skill building workshops
  • At least 200 unaccompanied minors participate in health sessions, hygiene sessions and day care
  • At least 200 unaccompanied minors participate in Bulgarian language literacy sessions
  • A total of 200 asylum seeking children are included in non-formal education sessions, recreational activities, sports and excursions.
  • 100 asylum seeking children are included in a pilot bonus system to encourage for trust and responsibility
  • Parents are supported and motivated to encourage their children to join the education system


Career Orientation and Personal Development:

  • Financial literacy and career guidance sessions are organised for 20 unaccompanied minors
  • Sessions on financial literacy and access to the labour market are organised for 50 asylum seekers
  • Information meetings with volunteers are organised for 30 unaccompanied minors in order to motivate and inspire them
  • Trade internships are organised for 10 unaccompanied minors
  • Individual consultations are held for career guidance, CV and job search support for 60 asylum seekers
  • 50 asylum seekers are referred to courses and opportunities for personal development
  • A course in basic and practical knowledge of Bulgarian language is organised for 50 asylum seekers


Active Participation and Cultural Orientation:

  • 20 third-country nationals/volunteer families are involved in the mentoring program
  • 10 migrant volunteers, third-country nationals and Bulgarian citizens are involved in skill development sessions and/or organisation of events
  • 30 cultural, sports and/or social events are organised for 300 participants with priority for unaccompanied children