The Hungarian Helping Hands Foundation started its actual operation in January 2018, and was founded in the second half of 2017. Earlier this year, the foundation successfully recruited two people with disabilities as part of an EFOP grant. Our staff performs online and office administration tasks that help the foundation run smoothly. Initially, we planned the main tasks and objectives of the foundation this year. We saw him as the first task for the background work. We have built our presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Youtube) and the foundation's website has also become operational (http://www.hhhands.eu). We have created databases that can help build relationships with other local and nearby organizations already in operation. Our main tasks include the establishment of an Eger site for our foundation; starting group trainings (vision training, Multiple Sclerosis training, muscular dystrophy training); launching a series of lectures on several topics (healthy lifestyle, motivational lectures, positive outlook on life); workforce expansion (involvement of personal assistants, volunteers); building cooperation with similar civil and target organizations and associations; storytelling afternoon and organization of mascot distribution for children in the children's ward at the Markhot Ferenc Training Hospital and Clinic in Eger; clothing donation for organizations in need. This month, we successfully submitted applications entitled “Operational Support for Civil Organizations 2018” and “Support for the Professional Program of Civil Organizations 2018” announced by the National Cooperation Fund.
In February, we started the detailed elaboration of our programs, we started to contact motivational lecturers, doctors and specialists, with whose help we will conduct our lectures. Web background work and the loading and management of databases continued. We conducted a needs survey (oral questioning) to find out what help they needed, what sick people wanted, so we could support them. Our colleagues constantly watched the news and application opportunities.
In March, we launched our first group session to help the visually impaired and those with eye problems. The group started with 4-6 people and meets every two weeks, the number of which we want to expand later. The members of the group were introduced to several eye-relaxing techniques and also learned to relax the muscles around the eyes. This month, we were able to fill our social media platforms with live content (e.g. movie recommendations, healthy food recipes, etc.). One of our employees, within the framework of the distance learning program, which we managed to win in the tender announced by the Institute of Distance Education, started the preparation for the final methodological examination of the qualified tender writer, tender monitor, which took place in April. At the end of the month, our “Your answer, we help” tender announced by Tesco Global Zrt. Was submitted. In addition, the foundation helped design a roof renovation for a seriously ill young man and his family, looking for contributing partners.
The sessions of our vision training group continued in April, we can say that based on their reports, the participants felt a positive effect after the training. We have been in contact with real estate agents, as we would like to establish a center for the foundation in Eger. Our colleague mentioned above passed the final examination of the professional methodology of a qualified tender writer and tender monitor with a remarkable result. We are very proud of him. Several of our applications were reviewed this month. To announce the results of the “You choose, we help” tender announced by Tesco Global Zrt. Our foundation received a grant of HUF 500,000 from the National Cooperation Fund's “Operational Support for Civil Organizations 2018” tender. The “Support for the Professional Program of Civil Organizations 2018” tender is likely to announce results in May.
The training for our colleague continued in May, the next final examination of the methodology took place on May 23, which is called the tender judge and monitoring
expert. He passed the obstacles of the final methodological exam, he closed it with a good result. Congratulation! Contacts with motivational trainers,
doctors and professionals continued. This month we met Erik Trexler, a 19-year-old motivational speaker with disabilities, in Budapest. Based on the offers of the
real estate agents, some of the offered properties were inspected to see if they meet the operational requirements of the foundation. So far, unfortunately, we have
not been able to find a suitable property. We have also started looking for venues and sponsors for our future performances to support our work. Two possible places
have been found, contact and organization with the institutions. Our foundation helped buy a car for a friend of ours with Multiple Sclerosis. We helped our other friend with a disability to compile and submit an application in connection with the AUTÓPLUSZ-2018-2 application documentation.
In June, we started organizing a donation of clothes for children living in a residential home, which will take place in July. We have launched a competition entitled “Reach Out” to give people with disabilities or disabilities the opportunity to design the logo for our foundation. We contacted Agria Park in Eger about a photo / painting / drawing / art exhibition to be organized in 2019. A database of social institutions and homes in Eger was created, and we also contacted some institutions.
During another visit to Budapest in July, we met Marianna Lippai, the writer of the blog of Life, who would like her to participate in our series as a speaker and conversation partner. On July 23, we made our first donation of clothes to help the residents of the Mónos Children's Home. For the most adolescent youth, we delivered high-quality pants, outerwear, hats, and other accessories that the kids and institution leaders were very happy with. This month, we helped one of our hearing-impaired colleagues find a job and a job interview that was successful and has been working in this job ever since.
In August, we contacted local wineries, viewed them, and selected the most appropriate venue for our performances. This month we bought garden furniture and set up a venue for group sessions.
In September, we started organizing our first motivational conversation. At the beginning of August, we had the opportunity from the Tibor Gál winery for the foundation to hold its motivational talks in the special room of the Fusion Wine Bar. Great location, in the right conditions, in a barrier-free location. Motivation speaker Erik Trexler was our guest on the 29th of this month, the photos of which can be seen here. This month, we also started organizing our 2nd and 3rd motivational conversations and designing the image and visual design for the background.
In October, we continued to organize our performances, announcing our 2nd and 3rd conversations in the social media. We contacted printing presses to implement the imagined and planned image. On the 27th of October, we hosted 2 great people in the Fusion Wine Bar, Szabolcs Kurucsai, the blind chef, and György Bovier, a national wheelchair tennis player. We talked for a great 2 hours and had wine with those present. We also took photos of this event, which you can find here. Preparations for Marianna Lippai's evening in November are also in full swing, preceded by great interest. So much so that we had to sign a contract with the presenter for the next event in January, because a lot of people didn't have the opportunity to change tickets.
We held our biggest event in November, which was a motivational presentation in Eger. As a star guest, we invited Marianna Lippai from Budapest, who lost her little girl with a serious illness years ago. As a result, he has become a motivator and has since radiated positive energy and positive thoughts towards people. It is very popular on the internet, lots of people follow his life and advice. The event was attended by more than 60 people, which was very successful based on the feedback. Photos of this can be viewed here.
We summed up our first year in December. Based on our experience, we looked at what we will need next year to be able to organize even better and higher quality conversations and programs for those interested. We have perfected our sound equipment to make our events next year more enjoyable. We discussed our tasks and responsibilities that await us in the coming year. We want to continue our work and we will do our best to do it as efficiently as possible. In the last week of December, we closed the year with a good mood, which we want to make regular. We have taken the first steps in every sense and in every direction!