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The Hungarian Red Cross

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Transcript of The Hungarian Red Cross

The Hungarian Red Cross
founded in 1881
the largest civil organization in Hungary
3000 basic units nationwide
130 000 members helping voluntarily in humanitarian activities
40 000 volunteers
1100 staff

In 2013
Blood donation: 417 000 blood donors
Social Welfare: supported 266 373 vulnerable people in 2013 through social actions, total value of donations exceeds 510 million HUF
Tracing Service: helps hundreds of people to find their relatives lost in World War II. and other conflicts and to restore family links worldwide
First Aid: First Aid trainings - 70 000 people succeeded in First Aid exam
Disaster management

Disaster response to Snowstorm
11 430 food packages
16 800 hot teas
5 400 blankets
4 237 working hours
343 volunteers
75 staff
Disaster response to Flood
47 874 beneficiaries
15 301 working hours
3 700 volunteers
272 staff
National Competition on
Blood Donation for Universities
National First Aid Competition
Baby Care Competition
First Aid Service
at Lake Balaton
7Wonders Summer Camp
HIV-AIDS Prevention Competition
'Hope for Vulnerable Children in Hungary' Program
Reference School Program
Reference Kindergarten Program
in the summer
20 beaches
400 volunteers
for 50 vulnerable kids from different backgrounds
The Hungarian Red Cross opened the first temporary family shelter in 1991 in Salgótarján. As of now, 2014, ten shelters are operated by Hungarian Red Cross.

The most frequent causes of leaving one’s home:
Abuse (physical, sexual, psychological)
Family conflicts (between parents, parents-children conflicts)
Problems of livelihood (financial, lifestyle problems)
Problems linked with housing (becoming homeless, unhealthy living conditions)
Százhalombatta (2)
Budapest (2)
Aim of the project is:
To help families’ re integration into the society,
To develop the psychosocial skills of families, to strengthen their status on the job market, finding a lasting solution to the family’s housing problem,
To strengthen family cohesion
In four main areas:
Offering services to vulnerable children directly
and indirectly
Offering services to parents
Improving the physical environment
Improving the knowledge of staff and volunteers
of the Hope project:
Planned number of beneficiaries to reach in the entire program period was 2350 children and adults out of which 1350 children in summer camps and 1000 children and adults in shelters.
The actual number of people was reached as of December 2013 was 1400 children in summer camps and 2400 children and adults in shelters.

Employment of two development teachers

per shelter to improve the children’s skills
and abilities

in the shelters
free time activities
for children such as community building, pottery, carnival, birthday party, cooking, mother’s day, visit the zoo, free time activity, knowledge transfer group sessions, one to one support to strengthen parent child relationship, child care methods group sessions for mothers. This is one of the most popular program elements.
and trainings for parents on
Child care,
Communication with children
First aid
Motivation of parents to support children’s education and participation in other social activities
Support to parents’ education, vocational training, internships and other labor market directed activities
in the shelters
Renovation of physical facilities
(incl. paintwork and renewal of inventory in rooms and establishment) has taken place in the shelter as follows:
Salgótarján in 2011
Salgótarján, Budapest, Nagykanizsa and Zalaegerszeg in 2012
Budapest, Nagyatád, Nyíregyháza, Százhalombatta in 2013
Improvement of children’s environment
for learning and social development, including purchasing computers and organizing computer courses.
Started in April 2012 with mini courses on computer skills
Purchase of equipment
, toys and games etc. for children in different age groups
Indoor toys were purchased in 2012
Outdoor toys were purchased in 2013
Development toys for teenagers were purchased in 2013/2014
in the shelters
Experience exchange meetings
for family shelter managers and volunteers
Group supervision
of staff by external consultants
Training of staff
based on specific needs (e.g. first aid, job-guiding, psycho social support, conflict management etc.)
International experience (best practice) exchange
on volunteer involvement and volunteer management (incl. experience exchange with the Danish Organization of Crisis Centres for Women, and participating in the Danish Leadership Academy)
2012 - visit by the Danish Red Cross to Hungary to share experience and two youth volunteers participated in Danish Red Cross Youth’s Leadership Academy
2013 - visit to Danish Red Cross and two youth volunteers participated in Danish Red Cross Youth’s Leadership Academy
2014 - one youth volunteer will participate in Danish Red Cross Youth’s Leadership Academy

Workshops for teachers
who receive children from the shelters
Two workshops per year

in summer camps
The Hungarian Red Cross (HRC) summer camps provide
summer free time opportunities
for more than a thousand vulnerable children per year.

HRC has organized summer camps for children in need since World War I.
The first camp for children with disability was organized in 1979, the International Year of Children.
in summer camps
10 integrated camps in 2011
15 integrated camps in 2012
18 integrated camps in 2013
6 integrated camps will be supported in 2014
The Hope project supported:
of the project
It was a pilot project with its benefits and lessons to learn.
The project started with a delay which caused delay in exhausting funds according to planned budget. Six months project extension was needed.
However elements of the project were very successful in the shelters and it would be beneficial to carry on with them after the project comes to an end.
As continuation of the project we already prepared innovative project ideas but HRC would be glad to participate in a project to continue to address social issues.
Challenges of the project have been turned into success:
Direct and indirect development activities for children and teenagers.
Psychosocial support, trainings and workshops for children, parents and staff.
Involvement of volunteers – HRC has broad experience in volunteering (40000 volunteers) but it was challenging to involve volunteers in social activities of the project. One of the greatest achievements of the project was the introduction of professional volunteering in the social system.
In spite of the challenges and difficulties the project greatly helped to broaden the services for beneficiaries in the shelters. Increase in the quality of the services led to successful work with the beneficiaries thanks to the support of the Velux Foundations.
Project idea no.1 Open House
Developing a complex Knowledge Centre for child protection and child wellbeing
To develop a centre for supporting knowledge sharing between volunteers and professionals
HRC’s Headquarter would facilitate the knowledge centre to offer room for trainings and vocational trainings
A coffee shop would be included to offer a place for volunteers to collect and catalogize best practices and lessons-learned in child protection and child wellbeing
The coffee shop would ensure a financial basis and sustainability to the project
Q-net network from Denmark would be adapted to strengthen volunteering in Hungary supporting locals in their everyday life besides child protection services.
Project idea no.2 Creation of a Recreation and Training Centre
in Balatonlelle, Hungary
To develop a family/community based recreation and knowledge centre in Balatonlelle a property owned by the Hungarian Red Cross
It would serve as an educational and recreational centre for disadvantaged and children and to strengthen families
It would be suitable for integrated summer camps for children
Project idea no.3 Capacity building and developing a model institution
To develop a model shelter with three levels of services/activities: capacity building, training and employment.
Capacity building would aim at increasing the number of clients in the shelter by real estate investment that would generate profit to the shelter to operate
Trainings and vocational trainings would prepare parents
To develop protected work place for beneficiaries
Thank you for your attention
in the shelters
Open House events
help families’ integration by building links with the members of the local community: they can visit the shelter and interact with residents which helps to address the stigmatizing effect of living in a shelter
Two open house events is held per year per shelter
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