Strategic objectives

We support sustainable local development initiatives of NGOs and communities

We support disadvantaged rural areas and vulnerable groups

We work to raise social awareness and we support disadvantaged youth

News and events

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We support with nearly 5 million forints the work of our 10 local civil society partner organizations in order to be able to conclude their essential support and development work with marginalized communities in the field of early childhood development.
We would like to present and promote some outstanding community based inititaives of our local partners, civil society organizations whom we have been collaborating for many years now on.
On March 27, 2020, the Foundation's Board of Trustees awarded another grant of HUF 2 millions to finance 13 NGOs engaged in early childhood development work with disadvantaged children.
We are all affected by the growing COVID-19 outbreak. It's an unprecedented health challenge, people everywhere want to help. The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the outbreak.
On March 4-5, 2020, we held a training session for early childhood professionals working for disadvantaged communities, families, and youngsters in the Northeast-Hungarian region.
In 2020 February, we started to implement a new cross-border project with our sister organisation, Karpatska nadáciá, entitled ”Chances for Disadvantaged Children” with the aim to improve the quality of early nterventions in the Slovak-Hungarian border region.
The Food Recovery Network of Heves County has been established by non-governmental organizations of Heves County, including the Carpathian Foundation-Hungary, to save food from being wasted instead of serving the poor.
The purpose of this publication is to present and share good practices, projects and civil society organizations implementing them in the field of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in marginalized Roma communities in the north-east of Hungary.
The Carpathian Foundation-Hungary wishes Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all its partners, friends and collaborators.

Words of welcome

Since the establishment of the Carpathian Foundation, the external environment, by which the creation of the Foundation was motivated and its mission was defined, has profoundly changed. In the border regions of the five countries of Carpathian Euroregion - Poland, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine - civil society organisations (CSOS) were strengthened. In four out of five countries, the peripheral nature was changed by their accession to the EU. The relationship between national and ethnic groups was improved, which was in no small way due to the activities of the Carpathian Foundation. This positive movement, however, present new challenges in the light of which, all the problems emerged from the past or wholly new problems arise - Our Foundation intends to contribute in solving them to the best of its ability.  There is no space to take these challenges into account, therefore only a few are mentioned here:

  • lagging, marginalized and unexploited regions,
  • uneven distribution of funds flowing from the European Union,
  • mistrust and low willingness to cooperate.

Based on these new ‘old’ challenges and opportunities, the Carpathian Foundation's five-year strategy was developed in 2015. It focuses on developing the human and community resources of the region for development, as well as strengthening the absorption capacity of the region. The implementation of the strategy is organisationally ensured by the independence and close cooperation of the four members of the International Carpathian Foundation Network (Read more at www.carpathianfoundation.org) . Our website presents programs of the Carpathian Foundation – Hungary counting on all those who wish to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of North-East Hungary and the Carpathian Euroregion.

Sándor Köles, president, Board of Directors

Köles Sándor portré