The Real Pearl Foundation: a Model for Creating Opportunity
Pillar 1: Education
Development of social competencies in task centred teaching
Maintenance of art elementary schools in six settlements, with 550 students
After School Activities Program: online learning, drama games, party pedagogy, debates
After School Activities Program operates in Told, Monday to Friday, 35 participants
This has been running for 6 years, and by 2016 included 51 children from 11 settlements. The Dregan-scholarship was introduced in 2016 for 4 children, with a support group, and increased financial support.
Trips and camps
Trips are usually combined with an event (exhibition opening, prizes, invitations) and take place at the end of the school year (if the sponsor study trips). Told holds an After Schools Activities camp every school holidays, and several in other locations.
Education to reinforce basic skills, and digital training for literacy development. Almost every year, there are tenders through which we can apply for financial support. Some of these also include volunteering.
Subsidising school supplies
Donations campaign in August and September.
Pillar 2: Family-Care and Community Development
- Crisis Management
- Food donations: the “Hungarian Élelmsizerbank” network organizes donations, several times a month.
- Other donations: clothes – shoes – furniture – firewood delivery – children’s drug prevention program – glasses program – washing machines – spin driers – refrigerators – access to stoves – the “We are with you” program: continuous individual and corporate donations in the case of sudden illness or death.
- Other supporting activities: delivering health care services; assistance with filling in applications and other forms; online and telephone assistance; ad hoc guardianship commitments, etc.
- The development of skills for self-sustainability
programs for organic briquette making, small gardens, building animal housing; programs for housing improvement, building repairs, pre-paid electric meters; programs supporting contraception, baby-mother club, household cooking and cooking skills development club: financed by submitting tenders, corporate and individual donations.
- Personal identity and community development
thematic programs, held weekly (sometimes several times a week), financed by successfully submitting tenders, as well as voluntary or personal contributions.
- Job creation: Community program for small gardens, vegetable and herb cultivation; the “Szuno” (Romani: “Dream”) craft project; the “Amari” (Romani: “Our own”) jam and chutney making project. These are financed from grants and donations, and employ 7 Roma in Told, 1 in Berekböszörmény, as well as about 30 casual workers.
Pillar 3: Institutional Cooperation
Social Forum (organizational development innovation), case solutions in partnership with the Roma community. Social workers coordinate and continuously strengthen participatory democracy, cooperation, and attitude changes.