The Refugee Ministry is a division of the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA), assisting refugees with integration through various programs and services. Different divisions of the Refugee Ministry summarized their recent activities and accomplishments in these brief snapshots.
In June, clients at the Refugee Ministry organized a community picnic at the city park. Angela Canadey, the Swiss Church Aid (HEKS) Coordinator and Project Assistant for the Refugee Ministry’s Base Integration Program, briefly summarized the lively event.
Annamaria Apelt finished high school in 2019 and shortly after that she found herself in Budapest, as part of her social voluntary year. She volunteered with the Refugee Ministry of RCH, supporting the daily operation of RCH's implementing partner, the Kalunba Social Services Non-Profit.
At 23 years old Angela Canadey is serving as a coordinator for Kalunba Social Services, and member of the Churches' Commission for Migrants of Europe (CCME). Originally from Pakistan, her family fled to Hungary because of the threat their Christian faith posed to their livelihood there.
The job is done well when refugee students are constantly starting classes and leaving. If the teaching is good, the acknowledgment is appreciated by the teacher. Inteview with Ákos Urbán, teacher at the Refugee Ministry.
Parviz Khyber former client and than colleague of the Refugee Ministry and its implementing partner, the Kalunba Non-Profit was accepted to the expert group of the European Commission on the views of migrants on asylum and integration.
Eszter Kállay, a teacher at Kalunba Social Servies Ltd. shared her thoughts and experiences teaching disadvantaged children as well as the plans for the future, when face-to-face interaction will be possible again.
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) at its general assembly on 16th October elected RCH’s nominee, Ms Angela Canadey, as substitute member of the new Executive Committee. Dóra Kanizsai, head of RCH’s Refugee Ministry retired as Vice-Moderator.
Kalunba Non-Profit, the implementing partner of RCH’s Refugee Ministry offered unforgettable days at the lake Balaton for children preparing them for the start of the school year. Personal impressions of the community program for Refugee families.
RCH hosted a video conference with HEKS representatives to review the outgoing period of Church Cooperation and to plan the new Country Program focusing on social change in terms of integration of Roma and Refugees.
HRCA and the Reformed Mission Center continue accompanying Asylum seekers and offer them spiritual and social support even after Gov decision to close Transit Zones in Hungary. Interview with Rev. Ágoston Dobos.
Nancy Rosas served as a Student Intern with Kalunba Non-Profit, the implementing partner of RCH in the ministry among Refugees. Nancy spent 3 months in Budapest, helped out in administration and community building as well as in tutoring children.
The ecumenical journey toward a joint vison for Europe continues. RCH representatives joined the workshop on the invitation of Church of Sweden that brought together 70 representatives from various churches, ecumenical organisations, religious communities and civil organisations from across Europe in Malmö between 27 and 30 January.
"One could claim that Kalunba’s mission has nothing very much to do with environmental protection. Yet, all working at Kalunba seem to share an interest in and enthusiasm for finding ways to reuse and recycle what we can."