Star of Hope Foundation


Foundation team

Tania Koniarova

Executive Director and President of the Board

Educator, Psychological Consultant and Christian Counselor.
Masters in Music Pedagogy at AMDFA, Plovdiv; Psychological Counseling and Psychosomatics at “Chernorizets Hrabar” Varna Free University; Christian Counseling at Faculty of Theology of the National Alliance of United Churches of God; Licensed Psychotherapist at BSLE (Bulgarian Society of Logotherapy and Existentialism) and EALP (European Academy of Logotherapy and Psychology).

She has many years of experience in advising and counseling children, youth and adults with emotional and psychological problems, as well as families at risk.

She worked as a teacher, later as a teacher trainer, project manager of various religious and social projects for children, adults, and specifically for women.

Since 2013, she has been working for the Star of Hope Foundation as the Coordinator of the Foundation’s sheltered housing for youths, and since September 2017 she has been the Executive Director and representative of the Star of Hope Foundation.

Liubka Ivanova

Social Activities Specialist

Graduated from “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Tarnovo, with a major in Social Activities and a second major in Health Insurance Systems.

Specific skills for working with disadvantaged people and providing social support and integration; providing social support in the process of crisis situations management.

Since December 2008, she has been working as a Social Activities Specialist at the Star of Hope Foundation. She is a teacher trainer and conducts training on “Supervision in practical training in social work at “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University.

Martin Evgeniev

Financial Expert

He graduated from “Yuri Gagarin” VTHS, Pernik, majoring in Electronics.

Since January 2016, he has been part of the Star of Hope Foundation team. He is responsible for the administrative work, friends and sponsors relations of the foundation, as well as other ancillary activities.

Teodora Kirova

Educator and Art Therapy Specialist

Graduated in Preschool Pedagogy; worked as an educator, teacher, resource teacher and director of a private kindergarten.
Teodora Kirova has experience in work and art therapy counseling for children and youth, as well as people in situations of risk and socio-psychological trauma. Author of articles and books.

Since the end of 2019, she has been part of the Star of Hope Foundation team, as an advertising organizer, and since July 2020, also as an art therapist.

Slavi Dimov

Pre-press and Design associate

He graduated in Composition and Conducting at “Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music, undergone professional courses in Music Psychology and Computer Studies.

Since March 2019, he has been part of the Star of Hope Foundation team, as an associate in the organization and maintenance of the site, pre-press and design of the advertising and printed materials of Star of Hope Foundation.

Management Board

Rumen Bordzhiev

Deputy Chairman of the Board

Dr. Nadia Stoykova

Member of the Board

Ivan Pavlov

Member of the Board

Honorary board

Magderich Taufik

Ron Hibbert

ЛуиLouis Enowс Енов

Our story

In 1999, a woman with a big heart for orphans and disadvantaged people founded the “Star of Hope” foundation.

Emilia Manolova has been taking care of orphans and disabled people since she was in her early 90s. This love, care and dedication of hers has been noticed by various people and sponsors who are provoked to support her in her virtue.

Thus, in 1999, Emilia Manolova registered the “Star of Hope” foundation. The light of hope, the longing to give a chance for life and happiness to every person, are the motives that inspire the founder of the foundation to work tirelessly until her death in 2017, for the well-being and happiness of everyone, and especially the wronged, rejected and injured people.


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