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Elena Kabakchieva

Elena Kabakchieva

The David Chow Humanitarian 2015 Award

Elena Kabakchieva

Elena Kabakchieva is the Chairwoman of The Health and Social Development Foundation (Hesed) which she founded in 1998. The Foundation is a leader in the development and implementation of a new approach for successful integration of the Roma community in Bulgaria. It is a social organization that breaks the vicious cycle of poverty and puts vulnerable groups on a positive path of development.
Elena and her colleagues work tirelessly to bring an effective service for planning family and
parenthood at an appropriate age and specific social and economic conditions in order to minimize the risk for institutionalization of children.

“As evidence of our success, the children in our programs raise their academic results five times compared to children in the community without access to programs for early childhood education and development.”

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