You already know what basic benefits we provide for refugees, but so far, we have not yet approached this subject at the social side. Let's get a little deeper into these issues, and now get to know this part of the Refugee Center as well!
Many of you ask us, "How many people live in the campsite now? "Which part did they come from? Do they speak Hungarian? "What do they need?" There are a number of questions, for those who don't have a day here in the center want to know what kind of people live here.
At present, 188 people live here at the refugee center and all refugee claims have come from Transcarpathia, so they speak in full Hungarian. Large family refugees of Roma origin are living here among us, so in many cases there are 4 to 5 children in a family.
Most of them have low educational attainment, so that writing and reading skills are at a very minimal level. They didn't practice, they didn't develop themselves, and that's why we want to take control and put them in this vital field of competence. We consider this to be essential, since the main mission is to raise the refugees on our own, which we can achieve by teaching them basic knowledge.
Without writing and reading, they can't do a job, which means they can't keep themselves, and that leaves an avalanche to poverty, which we find very hard to stop. Because of their origins, unfortunately, many employers are prejudiced, discriminated against, so they're even more dangerous.
It is important to clarify that most of the people here are underpriviliged. They lived their lives in poor circumstances, and many of them also face health problems.
However, we would like to prevent this kind of social assistance cycle that does not lead to a long-term approach.
The core principle of the Dorcas Foundation focuses on this. We do not want to support a passive supply process, because it is only an addiction that is developing in those who need it.
They knew the world of work, for almost everyone worked back in Ukraine, but they were paid daily for doing physical work that could not lead a sustainable life. They lived from month to month, so now that they lost their income, they desperately need support.
Of course, we also support them with material donations, but what is more important is their development. This is the only way to achieve a sustained result if we change their approach.
Our goal is to promote change step by step, both in school development and mental health. To break out of poverty and to create their income for everyday life on their own. This is a long process, and it could take months to see the change, but we are struggling to make this progress as soon as possible.
It is crucial that we start reducing the risk in time for children. They are the next generation, and now they need the right way to show them that they can't get to a bad fate later than their parents.It is noticeable that young people in the center are having difficulty reading the clock even ir they are 10-years old.
There was a case where a small group of children came up to me and asked me when it was time for an occupation or school. I told them it would start from 11: 30 today. In response, they say, "When is it?"
If we do not tackle this problem, there is a great chance that later these young people will be socially disadvantaged adults.
Parents are offering their children a safe home and a better fate, but they do not know how to achieve this, we help them to live a normal and easy life!
Our aim is not to maintain poverty, but to eliminate it with more effective methods.