Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

Hungary Helps – With Heart and Soul

The Hungary Helps Agency

 

The Hungary Helps Agency is a government agency that functions as a non-profit organization. We provide rapid and practical assistance to victims of humanitarian crises and to persecuted communities.

The Hungary Helps Program

The Hungary Helps Program is a Hungarian government program launched in 2017 to implement humanitarian aid as well as reconstructing activities in crisis areas and developing countries in a coordinated manner.

Principles of the Program:

  • Identification and designation of the existence, causes and nature of humanitarian crises;
  • Preservation of religious and ethnic diversity;
  • Implementation of quick and efficient aid to people suffering from persecution and humanitarian disasters, helping them remain in their place of origin thus eliminating some of the underlying processes that trigger migration flows;
  • Direct and local assistance to preserve communities threatened by humanitarian crises.

The Hungary Helps Agency

The Hungary Helps Agency was established on 14th April 2019 based on Act CXX of 2018 on Hungary Helps Program. The Hungary Helps Agency is a governmental agency which works as a non-profit organization under the coordination of the Prime Minister’s Office.

We are responsible for providing rapid and effective assistance within the scope of the Hungary Helps Program. As a governmental agency, our organization is working in the spirit of the Fundamental Law of Hungary, emphasizing the respect of freedom and culture of other nations and endeavouring to cooperate with all nations of the world to base the human existence on dignity.

Our approach is to act on the local level, respecting the humanitarian principles and all human rights. We design our projects according to local needs based on reports of representatives of local communities and implement them with local partners, notably local Faith-Based Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Our tasks are as follows: 

  • Preparation of international humanitarian aid projects, donations and grant contracts, provide rapid and effective assistance based on the need of the affected communities;
  • Managing humanitarian and development projects: implementation of  subsidies’ pay-off, follow-up on transactions, financial and technical coordination, monitoring, ensuring transparency and efficiency, reporting;
  • Targeting the most vulnerable people: issuing of grants and donations to support the victims of humanitarian crises, natural and man-made catastrophes with special but not exclusive attention on  persecuted religious groups, understanding that the freedom of religion as a universal and fundamental human right;
  • Cooperation with other agencies: taking part in the implementation of bilateral and multilateral humanitarian aid projects and policies with development nexus together with humanitarian organizations of partner countries, in particular, the V4 and other EU countries;
  • Fundraising:  due to increasing international recognition of the Hungary Helps Program and the growing number of partners wishing to join and contribute, the Agency collects and manages donations from private donors to implement specific projects;
  • Being on the location: planning the use of humanitarian subsidies with the local partners, regularly on-site monitoring.

Our Mission

The Agency’s mission is to ensure rapid and practical assistance to the most vulnerable, including victims of humanitarian crises and those who were displaced and can’t able return to their place of origin. Humanitarian actions financed by the Agency are mutually beneficial for all the members of the local community regardless of race, ethnicity, color, sex, language, religion or belief, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or another status in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our Activity

The Agency’s prioritizes actions that foster intercultural and interreligious dialogue, local resilience building and strengthen stability and peace by avoiding partiality and respecting the “do no harm” principle.

Management of the Hungary Helps Program

The Hungary Helps Program encompasses the full range of humanitarian and international development activities of the Hungarian government. According to the Act CXX of 2018 on the Hungary Helps Program, this framework Program includes the activities specified by Act XC of 2014 on International Development Cooperation and International Humanitarian Assistance as well as provides donations targeting the most vulnerable communities.

Our humanitarian assistance based on needs which cover short-term relief, disaster prevention and reconstruction operations based on the reports and request made by our local partners. Recognizing the complexity of humanitarian crises, it calls us to revise the traditional lines between development cooperation and humanitarian aid. In line with the Conclusion of the Council of the European Union on Operationalizing the Humanitarian-Development Nexus, the Agency’s projects aim at having a great impact on ensuring long-term social stability, sustainability, cohesion and diversity, bearing in mind the links between sustainable development, humanitarian action and peacebuilding as well as conflict prevention. Strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable populations contributes to addressing the root causes of vulnerability, fragility and conflict, and enables them to resist future crises, as well as helps them to return to their place of origin.

Considering the key role of peacebuilding and resilience building in terms of sustainable development, the Agency also focuses on religious persecuted minorities targeting the most vulnerable communities, as we are convinced that the freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right that is an essential part of stability, peace and security and is crucial for successful and sustainable development. The growing trend of religious persecution requires increased effort to address the needs of vulnerable religious minorities by involving representatives of religious communities and implement humanitarian aid based on local needs.

Our local partners are often Faith-Based Organizations that are credible actors, especially in countries where there is a lack of good governance. Our experience is that these Faith-Based Organizations serve the common good in all areas of life for the benefit of the local society where they live. Their representatives are in close connection with the local communities, thus they have a key role in terms of implementing humanitarian projects coordinated by our Agency.

The Agency has had missions in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine), in Asia (Bangladesh), in Africa (Nigeria, Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, South-Africa, Tanzania) and also provides rapid humanitarian help in case of natural or man-made catastrophes in countries like Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan, Albania, Ukraine, or Lebanon. 

Since its founding in early 2017 the Hungary Helps Program has helped 70 thousand persecuted people to stay in their homelands or return to, after the cease of hostilities. From April 2019, the Agency coordinatesthe projects of the Hungary Helps Program.

The Agency operates in the following sectors:

Emergency Response: Short term activities aimed at alleviating suffering immediately

  • Material relief assistance and services: non-food e.g. shelter, water, sanitation.
  • Emergency food aid.
  • Relief coordination, protection and support services, coordination of the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation: Longer-term activities to improve infrastructure and social services

  • Restoring pre-existing infrastructure: water and sanitation facilities, health-care services, houses.
  • Shelter and temporary communal settlements or collective centers for the displaced population.
  • Social and economic rehabilitation: e.g. trauma counselling and treatment, employment programs, workshops.

Experts and other technical assistance: consultants, teachers, doctors, police, civils and volunteers

  • Volunteer programs.
  • Fixed assets: supply equipment, machines and systems.

Education:

  • Education policy and administrative management, materials, training-workshops for local teachers and educational staff.

Health:

  • Infectious disease control.
  • Financing medical appointments and vaccination programs.
  • Improve hygiene and or raise awareness.
  • Mental and psycho-social support following gender-based violence.

 Disaster prevention and preparedness:

  • In case of natural disasters: building responsiveness, emergency contingency stocks, early warning system.
  • In case of man-made crisis: anticipate forced displacement.

As a ground-breaking government initiative, in 2016 Hungary established the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians which in 2018 became the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program intending to expand the State Secretary’s activities to a wide range of humanitarian aids and development programs.

The State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program is Tristan Azbej PhD.

The Hungary Helps Agency was founded in April 2019 and is managed by Péter Kovács-Pifka, CEO.

Hungary Helps Agency Non-Profit Private Limited Liability Company

Naphegy tér 1. 1016 Budapest, Hungary
+36 1 896 6344
hungaryhelps@hungaryhelps.gov.hu

Bank Account for Donations: 

Erste Bank
SWIFT: GIBAHUHB
HUF
IBAN: HU40-11600006-00000000-85123111
USD
IBAN: HU66 11600006-00000000-85515105
EUR
IBAN: HU65 11600006-00000000-85515026

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Organizational structure

Organizational structure

 

Name, position and contact information of the directorate of the company

Péter Kovács-Pifka

06 (1) 8962490

peter.kovacs-pifka@hungaryhelps.gov.hu

Director General

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