Global Initiative on Psychiatry - Sofia
Caritas Bulgaria
BlueLink Information Network
Cooperation for Voluntary Service CVS-Bulgaria
Centre for Inclusive Education
"Gender Project for Bulgaria" Foundation
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Global Initiative on Psychiatry (GIP) is an international not-for-profit organisation for the promotion of humane, ethical and effective mental health care worldwide. GIP consists of an international office in The Netherlands, a network of regional centres in Lithuania, Bulgaria and Georgia and a country office in Tajikistan. GIP-Sofia office opened in 2002, embracing the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and since then has been actively working for reforming mental health systems and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness in the region. Being a part of the GIP federation, GIP-Sofia shares common mission, and vision - that every person should have the opportunity to realise his or her full potential as a human being, notwithstanding personal vulnerabilities or life circumstances.
GIP-Sofia undertakes projects and activities that advance all dimensions of mental health systems and care, including:

  • Deinstitutionalisation and transforming institutional care;
  • Empowering users, carers & professionals;
  • Engaging in policy development & advocacy;
  • Anti-stigma and public awareness campaigns for people with mental illness;
  • Mental health and HIV/AIDS;
  • Mental health as a component of development assistance.

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Caritas Bulgaria was established in 1993 by a decision of the Bishops Conference of the Catholic Church in Bulgaria, Caritas Bulgaria is a federation of three independent diocesan Catholic organizations: Caritas Plovdiv, Caritas Ruse and Caritas Sofia. It was registered as a non-profit organization for public benefit and together with 162 organizations it is a member in the world family of Caritas Internationalis - Confederation of the charitable organizations of the Catholic Church.

The mission of Caritas Bulgaria is to support the needy in order to build a humane society. In pursuance of this, the National Federation supports its member organizations which perform social activities through their local structures.
Caritas is inspires spiritual values and engages the people to be committed in helping their neighbor. Caritas sensitizes, mobilizes, animates and inspires the volunteers, giving everybody the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their feeling of compassion.

The focus of the organization is at those vulnerable groups of people in our society who need special support. The social services provided by Caritas are in support of: lonely and ill elderly people; disabled children and young people; the education and management of the free time of children at risk; people dependant on psycho-active substances; asylum-seekers and refugees; single mothers; victims of natural disasters- floods and fires.

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BlueLink is an electronic information network which actively encourages cooperation and use of information and communication technology for active civil society and environmental sustainability. BlueLink offers information, specialized services and capacity building for active citizens and civil society organizations. BlueLink supports strategic use of information technology and the Internet towards progressive social change. BlueLink takes an active stance on protecting freedom of speech online and the independence of the Internet.

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Cooperation for Voluntary Service (CVS-Bulgaria) was founded by Bulgarian volunteers who participated in short term voluntary projects abroad - workcamps in Switzerland, Holland and Germany. It was legally registered as an NGO on the 6th of June 2002. The organization has been active at national and international level since 1998 and it is part of the international voluntary service and peace organization - SCI (Service Civil International).
CVS-Bulgaria aims at promoting the idea of voluntary work through organizing voluntary initiatives, motivating young people for voluntary actions and active participation, supporting multicultural understanding and solidarity, social justice, and respect for the environment.
Among the main activities of CVS are the organizing of short-term international voluntary exchanges, international summer work camps, long term volunteer projects, training courses, seminars, study visits, workshops and discussions. CVS-Bulgaria gives young people the opportunity to participate in voluntary projects of different areas - culture, ecology, art, work with children and disadvantaged people, in Bulgaria and all over the world.

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Centre for Inclusive Education (CIE) is a Bulgarian non-governmental organisation, which main aim is to promote inclusive education and make it happen for every child. CIE continues the 10-year work of Save the Children UK in Bulgaria and our region.

We believe that every child should be given the chance to be accepted and valued. We are working for social inclusion and quality education for all children and to protect those in need. Our team works with parents, teachers, managers, professionals, local and state authorities, business organizations, colleagues from the country and abroad - and we are happy to see the change that happens gradually.

We are happy when the children - all children - have the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and to live a happy childhood.

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"Gender Project for Bulgaria" Foundation (GPF) is a non-profit, non
governmental organization, registered in the Bulgarian Court in 1995 in public benefit.
It works for promotion of equal opportunities of women and men in all spheres of their private and social life. It lobbies Bulgarian authorities to implement EU and UN Gender Equality Policy.

GPF works on the following main crosscutting themes:

  • Economic Rights of Women
  • Political Empowerment of Women
  • Roma Women Empowerment
  • Violence against Women as a Violation of Human Rights
  • Development Education and ODA policy
  • Media and its Role for Overcoming Gender Stereotypes


  • Advocacy campaigns
  • Training programs in Gender Mainstreaming for officials, NGOs, Media
  • Information spreading
  • Research programs
  • Partnership building

GPF is a co-founder of the Bulgarian Platform on International Development.
GPF is part of the regional women's network KARAT Coalition - gathered NGOs from 13 countries in CEE and the Stability Pact Gender Task Force.

In the period 2001 - May 2005 GPF Director was adopted as a voluntary Member of the Civil Council to the Bulgarian Parliamentarian Committee on Civil Society Issues. She is also an Advisor for the Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, USA since May 2001.
From 2004 GPF is a member of the European Women's Lobby.
In June 2005 Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation became an Associate member of the National Council on Gender Equality to the Council of Ministries of Bulgaria.
Structure: GPF is a non-membership organization, with a Board of five, key staff and volunteers.

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