I am an AMURTEL activist in Hungary. For the past 13 months, I have been assisting the disadvantaged N. family with food, clothes, tuition to the children, etc. I grew to love and respect them. Their condition has improved in many ways thanks to the endurance and hard working nature of both parents. However, now they are in danger of losing their accommodation. Your donations will allow them to keep the small apartment they are renting.
The story: The couple moved to Budapest from a small, isolated village with two children (three and four year-olds) a year ago. They used to live in a small house crowded with relatives and lacking comfort. The local healthcare of the children was not satisfactory, as the smaller child’s epilepsy needed special check-ups and monitoring. The locality also lacked work opportunities.
In Budapest they found a small apartment to rent, and a nursery for the children where they are happy. The husband found work on a construction site. The family, even though just barely, could make ends meet.
The mother has two older children (aged 11 and 16) from another marriage, who have been living in a state care home for the past 10 years. Since the family has proper accommodation now, and her second husband took full responsibility for her elder children, they were given back by the state in January 2018. Now the six of them live in the small apartment (a 22 m2 room with a small kitchen and bathroom) – very tight, yet happy for being together! The two bigger children have settled into nearby schools.
Unfortunately the husband was laid off early February 2018. Recently he has found a new job but for the last 3 months, they got into minus with the rent. Another unexpected difficulty is that they have not yet started to receive the child-care allowance for the two older children due to bureaucratic reasons.
The family does not want to disclose their names. They fear this may result in losing the children. Though according to the Hungarian Child Protection Law, poverty cannot be the cause of removing children from families, in many instances this happens. Unfortunately, their fear is not baseless - recently BBC made a documentary on the issue of removing children from poor families into unsafe state care homes. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5387799/Documentary-explores-anti-Gypsy-crisis-Hungary.html
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