BAGázs is a public benefit association that has been working since 2011 to contribute to an inclusive and accepting society in which Roma people have a chance to achieve their goals.
Our organisation does not give donations, but we offer the opportunity to change.
Meanwhile, weekend activities for children continued: School Community Service (IKSZ) started, then a football team formed, BAGázs FC. The number of participant children increased steadily, with 110 young people attending the next year.
In 2013, a new mentor program was launched, this time for adults – and a strong group of females was born, which became the Women’s Club.
The growth of the association gave us the opportunity to react with different programs to each of the problems present on the settlement: the Legal Clinic was brought to life by the demand from the settlement, because they kept on raising legal questions and bringing us documents in need of help. There were some that had been ignored by the officials, and also occasions when Roma people had been given legal advice, but they didn’t really know what to do.
The success of the Legal Clinic has led to the launch of the Debt management group. More and more people indicated that they want to get rid of their debts, “live honestly and integrate into society”.
The Adult education program was also launched as a community initiative in 2016: motivation for some was further education or becoming a skilled worker, some wanted competitive jobs, while others wanted to show examples for their children and grandchildren.
In addition, a number of smaller, skills development and entrepreneurial skills projects have been launched for adults over the years. Thus, the number of programs and the organization has grown year by year, and in 2017 the time has come to – based on our existing experience – launch our programs at another settlement, Dány.
Currently, our organization employs nearly twenty staff members and works with 100 volunteers per year in Bag and Dány. Our goal is to adapt our methodology to other segregated settlements as well and to reach more communities with our programs.