Refugee camp in Fonyód

Under the professional leadership of NestingPlay and a colleague from the Partners Hungary Foundation, the Fonyod refugee camp is running with a total of 86 people - 24 adults and 46 children.

The Partners Hungary Foundation considers it of utmost importance to mitigate the consequences of the humanitarian disaster caused by the war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, especially to support the access to education and integration of families, children, adult education students or, in justified cases, persons who cannot be classified in any of these categories, who are fleeing to Hungary or are forced to flee within the borders of Ukraine.

What happens in our project in Fonyod and who works in it?

A Nestingplay is the operator and professional manager of the Fonyod refugee camp of the Municipality of Budapest. Nestingplay helps to develop differential development due to extreme poverty and trauma through games. It also works with parents to make them more aware, teach them how to play, and to recognise the gaps and delays so that education becomes important to them, as this is the only way they can support their own children's progress.
The Partners Hungary Foundation supports the camp in several ways: by establishing a play library, it provides tools for the development of the children, and financial resources to improve the quality of life of the camp's residents. The Nestingplay team is complemented by Emese Nagy Erzsébet Nagy, a Partners staff member, who works in the camp with the Foundation's methodology as a camp counsellor.
We believe it is important for our organisations to work together, but also to preserve our identity and our strategy-driven operations. Our common goal is to support at local level the reception of refugees who will stay in Hungary and who are the most vulnerable. Sometimes, as now, we need to stop and reflect: with 6 months of experience behind us, we can plan better. Long-term planning is now beginning to help those who are here to stay. 

What impact does our programme have on refugee families and the local community?

The children go to nursery and school, have afternoon development sessions, are starting to open up, dare to play and explore their new environment, learn Hungarian and slowly catch up with their peers. The camp also has a Toy Library, which was supported by LDS Charities.
And the relationship between the campers and the locals is improving as they get to know each other, thanks to a local pastor who organises joint services week after week. All this has come about through inter-professional and inter-institutional collaboration - it's what makes community support work. Thanks to all who contribute to helping families coming from deprivation and fear to find safety and community.

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