Litke is a small village in county Nógrád with a population of 900. According to the Hungarian Red Cross Litke is 139th poorest village in Hungary. We organised our first camp here, that could not have been done without our contact, András Oláh. We sought out to András after we found a very inspiring interview with him. He welcomed our idea about the camps, and helped out in the recruitment of the participating children, and in finding accommodation for our volunteers. The camp in Litke was a lifetime experience for everyone, and we developed a close relationship with the community of the village. Since then Litke we have had 2 additional camps, several visits throughout the year and some of kids even participated in our sleepover camps. This is how Litke became one of our regular camp location and the destination of our visits during the year.
Magyarbánhegyes is located in Békés county and had a population of 2700. Like Litke, it is also a very deprived area both in therms of infrastructure and employment. We had a personal connection with the village from the beginning, since Ramóna Győrfi, one of the founders of our foundation is from here, and she already organised a camp here in 2015. The camp in Magyarbánhegyes was also a great success; we easily built a great relationship with the children and their parents. Although the atmosphere is very different from village to village, the enthusiastic children, the programmes and the occasional teachings on the weekends form the common denominator.
Lácacséke is a very small village in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county with a population of 300. In 2017, it was the 7th poorest village, according to the numbers of the Charity Service of the Order of Malta. The village joined to our program in 2017: we contacted them through the Malteses. We recieved so much support from the leader of the Children’s House and from the vice mayor and the mayor of the village before our arrival and the parents welcomed our ideas as well. For the complete acceptance of our camp and its integration to the everyday life of the village is going to take some more time, but based on our experience we hope that last year was the beginning of a fruitful relationship.