Tanya Kovacheva joined Oak Foundation in 2004. She works in Oak’s Child Abuse Programme office in Sofia, serving as the programme’s liaison in Central and Eastern Europe, primarily in Bulgaria, Latvia and Moldova. Tanya manages a portfolio of about 40 grants, working specifically with NGOs on sexual abuse and exploitation of children nationally and regionally or integrating them in their activities in child protection.
In her grant-making Tanya seeks lasting changes for those children who have suffered from or are at risk of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. She believes that children have strengths and positive attributes no matter what they have gone through and that they just need a supportive and safe environment to give them the opportunity to strive. It is Tanya’s ambition also to see a world that is less reliant on institutions and to find ways for influencing governments’ policy on child welfare.
Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Tanya worked as a deputy programme director of the Bulgarian programme of Save the Children UK, where she lead a team in the development of a programme aiming to introduce examples of a community child care system in Bulgaria as an alternative to institutional care. Her experience has been mainly in Central and Eastern Europe in both development and emergency programmes in the field of child protection.