For a Friend in Need…

Poor Roma in Tiszabura, Hungary, receive a critically needed food and clothing package for the winter.
Poor Roma in Tiszabura, Hungary, receive a critically needed food and clothing package for the winter.

When you see a friend struggling, it’s hard not to lend a helping hand.

That’s why when JDC staff got an alarmed call from Tiszabura, an extremely poor village in north-east Hungary where JDC’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program has operated in the past, they just couldn’t sit by and wait.

The complete insolvency and financial breakdown of the local municipality meant that public services have been shut down in the village for over a year. The school and the kindergarten were closed indefinitely; subsidized public food services were suspended; and people could not get heating for their homes. The oncoming season would leave many families with small children vulnerable to cold and starvation.

JDC had previously organized Equal Chance Against Cancer mammography screening and awareness raising events for the large local Roma community, so they had a connection with the village and felt for the women who had been struggling without help.

The JDC staff immediately organized a clothing and food drive. A local leading financial investment company pitched in generously.

And, within just a few days JDC staff were driving up the village road to distribute food and warm clothes to the families in need—offering relief and lightening their spirits for the coming holiday season.

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