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Hungary Helps Program

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The population of Hungary will take an active part, commensurate with its size and economic viability, in the international development cooperation and international humanitarian aid efforts. In addition to the basic goals of international development policy (poverty reduction, sustainable development, catching up), Hungary wishes to demonstrate its solidarity to the general international public in a deliberate and visible way.


The Hungarian government has recognised the necessity of creating a programme with the aim and task of providing support on human rights grounds to Christian, Yezidi and other persecuted minority groups living in developing countries, which frequently become the targets of crimes against humanity committed by extremist, fundamentalist religious groups. It is important for Hungary to take an active part in the international struggle waged for the free exercise of religion and for the freedom of conscience.


People forced to leave their country must be provided the conditions of staying in place in their homeland. We believe that this is the only real form of assistance. To reduce migration pressure on Hungary and Europe, we must contribute to helping the persecuted communities, the victims of disasters, and to improving the conditions of living of people in need in the framework of our international development policy and humanitarian aid activity.


Today the problem of the persecution and discrimination of Christian communities affects many points of the world. Under the Hungary Helps Programme, in the spirit of the Hungarian policy to support the Christian, Yezidi and other persecuted minority groups, we realise projects in these states to enable those in need to cope in their home country.


Another component of our programme aims at exploring and identifying the occurrence, root causes and nature of humanitarian crises and the model of direct/on-site assistance, and at providing support to enable the communities threatened by humanitarian crisis to stay in place. The foregoing promote the fast and efficient delivery of assistance to the persecuted and to victims of humanitarian disasters, and Hungary’s contribution to the elimination of the processes triggering inter alia migration also on the international plane. The Hungary Helps Agency Non-profit Private Limited Company has been established by law to promote the implementation of all these projects.


That is, the legislative background of the Programme makes it possible to use also voluntary payments, donations by domestic or foreign natural persons, legal persons and unincorporated organisations, aid from international organisations/institutions and donations by other states and foreign governments as resources in the future in addition to those guaranteed by the central government.


The implementation of the Programme counts also on the awareness-raising power of voluntary work. Therefore, it organises voluntary helpers’ programmes to the Middle Eastern and African areas where this form of humanitarian aid is feasible.


Following we present the complex work that is typical of the Programme. Restoration of the destroyed infrastructure, reconstruction of dwellings, restoration of public utilities and sacred sites and job creation make it possible to solve the situation of religious minorities suffering persecution, and humanitarian aid responds to the immediate, basic human needs resulting from natural or man-made disasters. . Our aid schemes have made it possible for tens of thousands to remain in their homeland or to return to their homes hit by war or genocide. The above achievements and consequently our work have become highly appreciated internationally by now.

Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - a public sector citizen-centric, sustainable and fit for the future - european or national level
Award type: submission
Award year: 2019
Project type
Sector: Justice, police, human rights and security
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Keywords: Hungary Helps
Short English description: The Hungarian government has recognised the necessity of creating a programme with the aim and task of providing support on human rights grounds to Christian, Yezidi and other persecuted minority groups living in developing countries, which frequently become the targets of crimes against humanity committed by extremist, fundamentalist religious groups. It is important for Hungary to take an active part in the international struggle waged for the free exercise of religion and for the freedom of conscience.
Further information
Organisation: State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Program
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Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: 25-50
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Hungary
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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Hungary Helps Program (47.492654770690166, 19.0329684466451)
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