Together for Transcarpathia
Budapest, 31 March 2015 – The Hungarian Scout Association, in collaboration with the Hungarian Scout Association of Sub Carpathian-Ukraine and the International Forum of Hungarian Scouting, initiates a five-month-long action in Transcarpathia (Zakarpattia Oblast), that seeks to stimulate the operation of small communities to help young people in difficult circumstances.
As a result of the attempts to escape military conscript, many Transcarpathian Scout groups, small communities and schools remain without leaders and teachers, the community life and the operation of youth organizations slowly becomes impossible, and a demographic catastrophe threatens the region due to the migration flow. We consider it important to keep the spirits of people up by means of being actually present and supporting community life, as well as to help those who remained behind to formulate a vision of the future.
For this reason, the Scout Associations initiates the realisation of a network that goes beyond mere fundraising, as it seeks to develop small communities in the local communities with the collaboration of the local population, with Hungarian financing.
Within the framework of the action programme, we send young community organizers to the region for a maximum period of 5 months, between May and September, who will assist the rural Scout groups and the small communities, organize the summer camps for the children, and participate in the school as well as the extracurricular programmes for children. The planned number of community organizers is 5 persons. We consider it important to keep the children busy with the programmes and camps organized from the donations, so that they depart from their day-to-day hopeless and troubled reality and receive special attention, care and community experience. By means of this, we could lift a great weight from the shoulders of families.
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Hungarians from all around the globe joint forces to help their fellow brothers and sisters in Transcarpathia. Thanks to them, we collected 1.013.000 USD (that is, 4.3 million HUF) for the realization of the project.
It renders our 4-month-long mission possible, which seeks to stimulate the operation of small communities. The organizers have already been chosen; they are going to start their work at the beginning of June, after their training took place.