Igazgyöngy Alapítvány - "True Pearl" foundation
Close to the Romanian border, in one of Hungary's poorest regions, the Igazgyöngy foundation, based in Berettyóújfalu, has done valuable work ever since 1999. The original aim to offer some prospects to children regardless of their parentage and social environment through integral artistic education, increasing their mutual tolerance in the process, has been extended successively. Some 670 children attend the school for artistic work that is run by the foundation, including after-school care. In the meantime, the facility offers professional welfare work, family support, and community development up to assistance in obtaining employment. Families receive practical assistance meant to help them manage their everyday lives. For families living in destitute conditions, the foundation is the only support they have.
The project boasts visible results in the form of functioning social innovations and developing communities. However, the big, overriding goal – qualitative integration – has not been achieved yet, but the direction is clear.