On October 25, 2018, our ”Conference on the Situation of Rural ( Small) Communities and NGOs” was successfully held at Archbishop’s Palace in Eger. The aim of the event was to have a professional discussion among of active small communities, and NGOs operating in the region of North-Hungary, which started with a welcome speech by Eszter Égető, colleague of New Generation Centre (Új Nemzedék Központ). Then, Melinda Vartik introduced our project called "Strengthening and Activation of Small Communities in the Settlements of Northern Hungary".
The kick-off meetings of the second implementation year of our project entitled "Strengthening and activating small communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915) were successfully organized on 24 May and 14 June, 2018 in Heves and Nógrád counties. The first year of the project was successfully closed in April 2018 and now we have started the new implementation year with cooperation with another 16 CSOs to strengthen the cohesion of their small rural communities.
We have successfully closed the first training session of the involved communities on 14 September 2017 in the framework of our project "Strengthening and Activating Small Communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915).
The goal of the training was to assist and prepare the representatives and volunteers of the involved communities, institutions, and civic organizations to be able to effectively assess the local needs, and problems and based on these findings how to implement their local development initiatives, so called mini projects.
On the 17th August, 2017 we had a successful workshop on voluntarism organized in Balassagyarmat within the framework of the project "Strengthening and Activating Small Communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915). The primary purpose of the program was to prepare the representatives of small communities and NGOs in Nógrád county participating in the project on how to receive, recruit and manage volunteers. The event covered the legally regulated framework of school community service, its local practice, and the importance of mentoring and rewarding volunteers.
Successfully launched new program of the Foundation
The kick-off meetings of our lately launched project entitled "Strengthening and activating small communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915) were successfully implemented on 22 and 23 June, 2017 in Heves and Nógrád Counties. Members, associates and volunteers of 16 non-governmental organizations and institutions from Borsod, Nógrád and Heves Counties participated in the meeting where they could get to know each other, and discuss the common work planned for a year in the project
The third kick-off meetings of the "Strengthening and activating small communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915) were successfully organized in June 2019.
The project is implemented within the frames of ‘Strengthening social participation through community development’ entitled EFOP-1.3.5-16 coded European Union funded program established to strengthen community engagement, volunteering and to promote philanthropy on local level.
Main objectives of the funding program are: