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DONATING FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD - Badur Foundation
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DONATING FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD

Buddhist Heritage Project’s Summer Newsletter - Badur Foundation
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Buddhist Heritage Project’s Summer Newsletter

Catering Social Enterprise - Badur Foundation
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Catering Social Enterprise Helping homeless people by reinvesting organisational profit

Inbar Nonprofit Kft. operates a homeless shelter and runs a kitchen in partnership with the Hungarian Calvary Chapel in the heart of Budapest. It seeks to scale up its catering services in order to obtain extra financial sources for developing the shelter.

The homeless shelter was established about twenty years ago. As well as a stable and secure environment, the shelter provides various services to vulnerable people in the area (e.g. a daily meal, leisure activities, access to washing facilities etc.). The shelter also provides tailored support to its beneficiaries in order to help their reintegration into society and the labour market. The shelter offers valuable opportunities for numerous homeless people to recover from their crisis and move forward with their lives.

Inbar recognised that the shelter’s kitchen could provide catering services for external customers and its expansion could generate additional income for the shelter. In addition, the kitchen could provide transitional employment opportunities for its beneficiaries, contributing to their skills development, restoring their self-esteem and providing a job reference. After its initial success, Inbar applied to Badur’s Hatchery Programme in 2019 to develop a detailed business plan focusing on the scale up of its catering services. The business plan highlighted three areas that are necessary for the expansion: i) to increase online food sales, ii) to upgrade its marketing activities, iii) to develop kitchen equipment. The financial calculations were very promising, so Badur Trustees awarded a loan to implement the business concept.

While the scaling up process was stalled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the expansion started in the second half of 2020. Inbar’s catering services aim to target three main business areas: community and business events, school-canteens and food delivery services. As the first step, the website will be developed to ensure Inbar can handle increased demand for its food services on a professional level. The Foundation will support further development phases as needed.

Banner photo credit: Nordwood Themes on Unsplash

Nagy dobás előtt állnak a végzős dokumentumfilm-rendezők - 1. rész - Badur Foundation
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Nagy dobás előtt állnak a végzős dokumentumfilm-rendezők - 1. rész

Make Your Way CIC - Badur Foundation
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Make Your Way CIC Supporting ex-offenders through meaningful community projects

Make Your Way has successfully worked with offenders in prison and ex-offenders in the community through a range of projects with furniture, gardening and DIY. Individuals are supported to re-integrate into society and stop offending behaviour. With support from Badur, Make Your Way aims to consolidate and extend its contributions to the local community.

Make Your Way CIC is a social enterprise founded by Loree Moran-Wilson, an ex-offender (due to addiction) who has reformed, gained a BSc honours degree in Criminology from Northumbria as well as many other qualifications. Make your Way primarily supports ex-offenders in the community, teaching small groups to restore furniture whilst supporting each individual to re-integrate into society and gain meaningful experience. Make Your Way also holds the Local Welfare Provision contract for Sunderland City Council and delivers new and restored furniture directly to families in need. Recipients of the furniture are usually vulnerable and low-income residents who have little or no furniture and who therefore don’t have the disposable income to purchase necessities such as beds and sofas.

To gain additional organisational income, Make Your Way sells affordable, preloved furniture through its two new outlets in Sunderland and Newcastle, something it aims to expand. It also seeks to train more people through the upcycling of furniture and production of bespoke items, once Make Your Way has additional resource and capacity in place. With funding from the Badur Foundation, Make Your Way gained business support from Social Enterprise Acumen to develop a strategic and financial plan, enabling it to improve its viability and further develop its services.

The Foundation continues to work with Make Your Way closely, supporting the team to put in place the appropriate resources and systems to develop MYW’s activity.

Bio-briquette Manual - Badur Foundation
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Bio-briquette Manual

Roma Kurázsi - Badur Foundation
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Roma Kurázsi

Szegénységben élő gyerekek és a digitális távoktatás - Badur Foundation
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Szegénységben élő gyerekek és a digitális távoktatás

Te vagy felelős Szomna haláláért? - Badur Foundation
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Te vagy felelős Szomna haláláért?

A BELSŐVÉ TETT STIGMÁTÓL A SELF-FASHIONINGIG - Badur Foundation
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A BELSŐVÉ TETT STIGMÁTÓL A SELF-FASHIONINGIG

Volt olyan gyerek, aki azt sem tudta, mi az a tablet - Badur Foundation
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Volt olyan gyerek, aki azt sem tudta, mi az a tablet

Roma Heroes - Retrospective Series - Badur Foundation
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Roma Heroes - Retrospective Series

Giving Yoga - Badur Foundation
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Giving Yoga Mental well-being through yoga for vulnerable groups

AdniJóga (Giving Yoga) is a social enterprise with the aim to provide sustainable access to the physical and mental benefits of yoga and mindfulness to everyone who would otherwise not be able to experience calmness through movement and breath.

Mental health issues are on the rise worldwide. These issues disproportionately affect those living below the poverty line as poverty acts as a chronic stressor. Unfortunately, vulnerable people in difficult life situations are less likely to access mental health support services or physical help to deal with their trauma. In Hungary, 2 million people are estimated to struggle with mental health issues, and only 100,000 have access to state funded therapy. AdniJóga Foundation aims to compensate for this gap in care by providing trauma-focused yoga sessions to vulnerable groups.

Their story started in 2017 on a Greek island, with AdniJóga’s founder delivering their first yoga sessions to refugee women living in an overcrowded camp. Women appreciated the sense of calm the sessions brought to their lives, which gave AdniJóga’s founder the motivation to continue this work after her return to Hungary.

The charitable classes are delivered in cooperation with local non-profit organisations. Through its partners, AdniJóga works with a wide range of target groups: children living infoster homes or in low income families, refugees, migrants, domestic abuse survivors, young people with autism and parents raising children with disabilities. Yoga offers several proven benefits to these participants from improved physical wellbeing, through increased resilience to better emotional awareness.

In order to offer their classes to vulnerable groups free of charge, AdniJóga generates revenue from their pop-up classes and office yoga sessions. Under the Hatchery Programme, the team drew up a detailed pilot plan aiming to reach break-even point by the end of 2020. To achieve this goal, AdniJóga needs to grow the number of corporate partners and reprice their services.

Badur Trustees awarded financial support to cover operating losses in the pilot period and professional support to help implement the pilot plan throughout 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team had to swiftly move its service offer online and needs to continuously revise their business plan. The Foundation is closely monitoring the developments and provides assistance as needed.

Third Sector Trends in North East England 2020 - Badur Foundation
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Third Sector Trends in North East England 2020

Buddhist Archives Building - Badur Foundation
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Buddhist Archives Building Urgent structural and roof repairs to the historical Buddhist Archives

The Buddhist Archives Building at Vat Khily preserves a collection of almost 40,000 historic photographs that had been carefully hidden by the Monks in order to protect them from the civil wars and ultimate revolution in 1975. It is the most important collection of photography in Laos. With support from the Badur Foundation, the Buddhist Heritage Project seeks to carry out urgent structural and roof repairs to ensure this significant building will survive well into the future.

In recent years, the Archive collection has expanded to include diaries, correspondence, notes and commentaries from hundreds of sources, and a large number of historic palm leaf manuscripts. The collection is carefully stored under rigorous conditions in accordance with professional international museum standards. The building in which this important collection is housed is almost one hundred years old, and is a structure firmly covered by the rules of the UNESCO World Heritage Office of Luang Prabang. The building and some of the surrounds of the temple were restored thanks to a previous grant from the Badur Foundation in 2013 and 2014.

Since the initial restoration there have been a series of natural “events”, which collectively, have caused significant cracks going right through the 60 cm thick wall: Earth tremors stemming from earthquakes in neighbouring provinces, as well as severe localised thunderstorms, plus the gradual collapse of the left bank of the Nam Khan river, which has caused a number of the houses along that side of the river to subside. It has also become apparent that the roof tiles on the building need replacing. A structural engineer calculated the fixed load of the roof tiles, plus the load of the interior Archival furnishings and materials. The roof tiles weigh more than 20,000 kg and the interior load is not much less.

To repair the building, the Buddhist Heritage Project will work with local engineers and builders to create steel reinforced concrete ‘beams’ that will be inserted horizontally into the exterior of the ground floor walls of the building at strategic points on all sides. The beams will take on the burden of support as if they had been installed during the original construction. The second course of action is to provide significant structural support under the floor of the second level, the floor that holds the bulk of the weight of the collections and the cabinetry. When in place, the new support will be plastered over and will not be visible to maintain the aesthetics of the building. The final stage will be to replace the roof tiles with approved cement versions of the traditional clay tiles, which should last decades rather than years.

These major engineering interventions aim to provide all the support necessary for the building to survive for many years to come.

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CREATIVE WORKSHOP SPACE An opportunity for local artisans to refine and develop their skills

The Buddhist community of Luang Prabang have already established an innovative Vocational School of Arts, the first of its kind in Laos dedicated to training students in traditional artisan skills whilst preparing them for employment on graduation. To maximise employment opportunities for graduating students, Buddhist Heritage Project, in partnership with the Badur Foundation and other local parties, aims to provide a creative workshop space for local artisans.

The Buddhist Heritage Project already supports a range of initiatives of the Buddhist community in the preservation of its cultural heritage, and education programmes are the heart of the Buddhist Heritage Project’s mission. Responding to requests from the Buddhist Sangha and the needs of the community, the team now aims to provide an accessible and creative workshop space in the centre of Luang Prabang.

Importantly, the workshop space will enable graduates from the Arts School (and others) to have access to a clean, purpose-equipped workshop where they could continue to practice and refine their skills, potentially deriving income from selling their output through Buddhist Heritage Project’s social enterprise shop, Celadon. The workshop will also provide the opportunity for other artisans in town to use the space, as well as becoming a source of artisanal pieces for display and sale in the shop.

After securing the workshop premises, the Buddhist Heritage Project team started the process of repair and renovation, with the first workshop activity commencing. Funding from the Badur Foundation enabled the team to buy the necessary high-end equipment for the space and the team aim to fully equip the new area with an extensive range of tools.

Arts and architecture remain at the foundation of Luang Prabang’s cultural heritage. The new workshop is key in enabling graduates from the Arts School to carry on this work, as well as providing an opportunity for other artisans; continuing the preservation of traditional skills whilst providing increasingly needed opportunities for local artisans to gain an income. The Foundation will continue to work closely with the Project team as the new space develops further.

Think for the Future - Badur Foundation
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Think for the Future

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) - Badur Foundation
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The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE) - Badur Foundation
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Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE)

Foundation Futures - Badur Foundation
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Foundation Futures

Oswin Project - Badur Foundation
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Oswin Project

Environmental Funders Network (EFN) - Badur Foundation
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Environmental Funders Network (EFN)

COVID-19 RESPONSE - Badur Foundation
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2019 Annual Report & Financial Statements - Badur Foundation
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2019 Annual Report & Financial Statements

Erzsébet Gulyás - Badur Foundation
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Erzsébet Gulyás

Employment of Community Assistants - Badur Foundation
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Employment of Community Assistants To enhance the impact of a complex educational programme

The interlinked problems of segregation, a malfunctioning education system, unemployment and poverty create a vicious circle for the marginalised community of Csobánka that prevents social mobility and leads to generations of disadvantage. Csodaműhely Association would like to tackle this problem by running a Complex Educational Programme targeting infants, children, teenagers and adults alike.

The Complex Educational Programme currently has the following main pillars:

  • Toy Play Hub – creating an inclusive centre where Roma and non-Roma parents and their children (0-10 years) can play, develop and forge friendships.
  • Afterschool Programme – developing competences of school-aged children via individual tutoring, mentoring and community events.
  • Adult Education Programme – providing an opportunity for adults who dropped out early from school to finish their primary education, attain vocational certificates and advance their employment.
  • Trainings and Meetings for Local Professionals – creating a professional network and providing skills development opportunities for care workers, teachers, kindergarten and nursery staff.

The work of the Association enjoys wide-spread support throughout the community, as they celebrate their 8th year of establishment. However, some programme elements are less embedded in the local community due to their more recent introduction. In addition, it is common that information about programmes does not reach underprivileged families. In some cases, the organisation has also faced organisational challenges due to capacity shortages.

To help address these challenges, the Foundation is supporting the employment of three community assistants for one year (October 2019 – October 2020). The pilot will test whether the employment of community assistants can lead to a smoother operation and greater impact of the Complex Educational Programme by ensuring: information reaches all families, community members better understand which opportunities are available, plus they are motivated and supported to take full advantage of the programmes. The programme also aims to provide development opportunities for the community assistants whose professional trajectory could take a new turn, after gaining valuable experience in the charity sector.

The initial months of implementation proved that the role of local community assistants is highly needed and they provide extremely helpful insights, contributing to the success of the programmes. At the same time, it turned out that due to the novelty of the positions within the Association and within the community, extra support would be needed.

Therefore, the Foundation awarded additional funds towards professional mentoring of the local community assistants. Through the provision of mentoring by Partners Hungary Foundation, the capacity, self- confidence and skills development of the local assistants will be enhanced. In addition, constructive feedback will be provided to the entire organisation making the cooperation of the members smoother. All in all, through the mentoring, the contribution of local community assistants to the programmes will be even more effective. Subsequently, a well-functioning local assistant team will lead to a wider and deeper impact of the Complex Education Programme within the marginalised community in Csobánka.

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Foundation Futures - Badur Foundation
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Foundation Futures Helping young people find out what they can do instead of what they can’t

Foundation Futures deliver a range of activities that benefit their local community, focusing on disadvantaged young people and their families; particularly those at risk of underachievement in education. With support from the Badur Foundation, the team aim to extend their provision using RaspberryPi computers to aid learning by making things.

Foundation Futures was set up in 2014 by two specialist teachers disillusioned with the education system and how the most vulnerable were being let down and excluded. They are based in the Byker Wall Estate, which is listed in the bottom 2% of the government’s index of multiple deprivation. 53% of children on the estate live in low income families and 33% access food banks regularly. 10% of school aged children on the estate are excluded from school and over 65% do not gain 5 A*- C grades at GCSE (9 – 4 in the new grading structure). Only 11% of households on the estate have access to a computer, which further disadvantages local young people.

The Foundation Futures team already have a strong presence in the Estate, engaging with over 100 residents every week ranging in age from 4 to 96 years old. Their 2 youth clubs and supplementary holiday clubs are attended by around 40 children every week. They also run a Community Education Hub, a Friday Kitchen Lunch Club for older residents and a weekly educational programme for 10 young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Foundation Futures aim to expand their offer through a new project: Foundation Futures’ Makes Stuff. Based on the work of Seymour Papert, workshops will be delivered using computers to aid learning by making things, and the sessions seek to act as a vehicle to engage young people and other local residents. The project aims to promote confidence in using IT, build skills for employment, whilst providing positive socialising and collaboration opportunities. By building and using computers then using them creatively to make other practical objects, participants will be able to see and touch their creations, feeling a sense of pride and achievement. This aims to be the encouragement needed to spur them on to wider projects with the support of local staff and volunteers.

In the longer-term, this extension of Foundation Futures’ work aims to be self-sustaining by offering income generating workshops to primary and secondary schools, as well as running coding, gaming and STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) holiday clubs in more affluent areas. The team also wish to include STEM qualifications and accreditation as part of their offer, ultimately seeking to create a more technologically skilled local workforce.

Live Consciously Association - Badur Foundation
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Live Consciously Association

Erste Social Banking - Badur Foundation
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Erste Social Banking

OSWIN PROJECT - Badur Foundation
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OSWIN PROJECT Creating second chances through training and employment

Oswin Project improves ex-offenders’ chances of finding long-term employment on leaving prison through the provision of bespoke careers support. To date, over 70 Oswinners (ex-offenders) have been supported in their transition to work. The team now aim to expand their reach by opening Café 16, a prisoner operated café in HMP Northumberland.

The prison population are marked by disadvantage. Prison and sentencing often lead to further disadvantage; around one-third of British prisoners lose their housing, two-thirds lose their job, over a fifth face increased financial problems and over two-fifths lose contact with their family (Barlow and Maruna, 2012). Within this context, education and training have become key strategies in the effort to reduce reoffending.

Based in Bothal, Northumberland, Oswin Project aims to break the cycle of re-offending through the provision of training and employment support. The team also support Oswinners with tailored mentoring and supervision, focusing on softer skills such as building confidence and heightening aspirations. They have established a range of successful employment initiatives in areas where there are skills shortages in the region. Employment opportunities include painting and decorating, ground maintenance, gardening and house building.

“Oswin have given me hope again, given me a reason to sort of, carry on again, a new direction… It’s just good to know they are there.” Oswinner

The Oswin team now aim to expand their work by opening a prisoner operated café in HMP Northumberland for prison staff. Café 16 aims to support 50 Oswinners per year who are still in prison to learn how to bake goods, undergo barista training and many other skills; from hospitality skills such as food safety through to NVQ level 3 or equivalent in craft bakery. The café will significantly increase Oswin’s social impact and the number of Oswinners they can reach by providing quality work experience for people who are still in prison, which will hopefully ease their transition into work on release as hospitality skills are in high demand in the region.

A secondary aim is for the café to create additional, unrestricted income for the charity and a longer term aim is for Café 16 to be a replicable model that could be launched in other prisons. Support from the Badur Foundation has enabled the team to hire an Assistant Manager who will teach and mentor prisoners on site, as well as covering the first year of training costs for Oswinners. This role is key in delivering the social impact, which is at the core of this project.

“Oswin were the ones who stuck their neck out for me, gave me a chance when a lot of people wouldn’t, from day one they gave me that, that chance.” Oswinner

“AdniJóga” - Giving Yoga Foundation - Badur Foundation
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“AdniJóga” - Giving Yoga Foundation

Hatchery+ Programme 2020 - Badur Foundation
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Hatchery+ Programme 2020 DEVELOPING VIABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

Update:

EN: Applications to the Hatchery+ 2020 programme have been evaluated and training participants have been selected. Due to COVID-19, the Foundation has deferred the start of the training sessions until autumn 2020.

HU: Keltető+ 2020 programba beérkező pályázatokat értékeltük, a résztvevő szervezetek kiválasztásra kerültek. A képzési program indítását a koronavírus okozta járványügyi helyzetre tekintettel 2020. őszére halasztotta a Badur Alapítvány.


Keltető+ program 2020

TÁRSADALMI VÁLLALKOZÁSFEJLESZTŐ PROGRAM

(for an English summary, please scroll down)

I. Felhívás szervezeteknek

II. Felhívás mentoroknak (kérjük, görgessen lejjebb)

I. Felhívás szervezeteknek

Kiknek szól a program? Olyan civil szervezetek, non-profit vállalkozások vagy informális csapatok jelentkezését várjuk, akik:

- Hátrányos helyzetű, szegénységben/mélyszegénységben élő közösségeket segítenek, és
- Még nincs vállalkozási ötletük, vagy
- Már rendelkeznek vállalkozási ötlettel/ötletekkel, de még nem kezdtek bele annak megvalósításába, vagy
- Működő társadalmi vállalkozásuk van, és ezt szeretnék megerősíteni, fejleszteni, fenntarthatóvá tenni vagy akár növekedési pályára állítani.

A pályázati határidő: 2020.02.16. 24:00.

Program felépítése: A pályázat kiírója, finanszírozója és lebonyolítója a Badur Alapítvány, képzési partnere a SIMPACT. A program helyszíneit az Erste Social Banking biztosítja.

Mérföldkövek

Miért érdemes jelentkezni?

  • A résztvevők képessé válnak áttekinteni szervezeti erősségeiket, erőforrásukat.
  • Bizonyított módszertan alapján üzleti ötleteket tudnak generálni, és azokat értékelni tudják, hogy kiválasszák a legjobbat.
  • Modellezni tudják az üzleti vállalkozásuk lényegi alkotóelemeit.
  • Jó gyakorlatokat ismerhetnek meg, hasonló területen működő szervezetekkel cserélhetnek tapasztalatot.
  • Bővíthetik kapcsolathálójukat más szektorok, területek képviselőivel.


Díjazás: A program zárultával a Badur Alapítvány a legígéretesebb vállalkozások esetében a szervezet /csapat igényeire személyre szabottan nyújt további pénzügyi és szakmai támogatást:

  • A Badur Alapítvány pénzügyi támogatással ismeri el a leginkább kidolgozott üzleti elképzeléseket. A tervezett keret 15.000.000 Ft.
  • Az Alapítvány pénzügyi támogatás mellett hosszú távú inkubáció, szakmai partnerség keretében is támogatja a díjazott szervezeteket: végigköveti a vállalkozás fejlődését és igény szerinti szakmai tanácsadással segít.

Letölthető dokumentumok:

Kapcsolattartó: Koppány Judit, judit.koppany@badurfoundation.org, +36 20 481 7895.

II. Felhívás mentoroknak

A programba olyan önkéntes mentorok jelentkezését várjuk, akik:

- Rendelkeznek min. 3 év kis- vagy középvállalkozói vagy ilyen vállalkozásokat segítő tapasztalattal.
- Szívesen átadnák vállalkozói tapasztalataik, tudásuk másoknak is.
- Nyitottak együtt dolgozni társadalmi célú szervezetekkel/ mélyszegénységben élő közösségekkel.
- Módjukban áll 8 hónapon át legalább havonta 2-3-szor konzultálni a mentorált szervezettel, az elkészült anyagokat átnézni, értékelni.

Letölthető dokumentumok:


Kapcsolattartó: Weninger László, laszlo.weninger@badurfoundation.org, +36 30 474 4433

English summary: The Hatchery+ programme supports organisations and informal teams working in impoverished communities so that they can develop viable and sustainable social enterprise ideas or improve their existing social enterprise. The programme offers professional workshops focusing on idea generation, validation and business planning. Selected organisations also receive individual mentoring to further develop their business plan. At the end of the programme, Badur Foundation will award organisations with financial support to start or strengthen their venture. The available funding is 15,000,000 HUF. Additionally, the awardees will receive further incubation through a long-term professional partnership with the Foundation. The training partner of the programme is SIMPACT. The programme venues are provided by Erste Social Banking.

Photo credit: Michael Benz (banner) and Daniel Hjalmarsson (thumbnail) from Unsplash.

Inbar Nonprofit Ltd. - Badur Foundation
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Inbar Nonprofit Ltd.

High Trees Community Development Trust - Badur Foundation
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High Trees Community Development Trust

Let’s Help Each Other Association and Social Cooperative - Badur Foundation
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Let’s Help Each Other Association and Social Cooperative

Academy of Experiences - Badur Foundation
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Academy of Experiences

Acceptance Bakery - Badur Foundation
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Acceptance Bakery

High Trees Community Centre - Badur Foundation
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High Trees Community Centre Regenerating the local community socially and economically

High Trees Community Development Trust is an established community anchor and hub based in Tulse Hill, South London. They work with local people and external groups to build the capacity of individuals and smaller voluntary community organisations, using an innovative partnership approach.

High Trees aim to ensure the individuals they support have increased skills and a stronger voice, as well as to build active, resilient communities. They have been delivering projects and services to local people for over 21 years. Adopting a holistic approach to community development, their work is delivered in a collaborative manner; working with other partners to enhance service delivery, avoid duplication of work and ensure there is a joined-up approach to supporting Lambeth’s most under served individuals and communities.

We were impressed by High Trees’ approach. Guided by the needs of the local community, they deliver and support a range of projects. Through their ‘Employment, Education and Training Support’ they offer Community Learning and accredited training courses, employment support, volunteering opportunities and work placements schemes. Another key strand of their work is ‘Community Engagement and Development’, where they nurture individuals and community groups, building their capacity and empowering them to take local action and develop advocacy skills. They also deliver ‘Children, Young People and Family Services’, where they work on the basis of early intervention, delivering youth clubs and forums, adventure play, wellbeing projects, mentoring and youth leadership.

“I think Youth Club should be on more so that everyone can come together because Wednesdays everyone looks forward to on Tulse Hill.” Young Person Aged 14, Tulse Hill Estate

Despite their successful approach, the team have struggled to gain support for capital development. With help from the Badur Foundation, High Trees have gained professional architect plans for the refurbishment of their community centre. This refurbishment would enable better use of the space to deliver vital support and services to local people. Gaining professional plans is an important first step towards achieving this goal and the Foundation will closely monitor progress.

“Times became financially very hard. I felt that I had so many skills to offer I was going for interviews but was not being offered any jobs. I was rapidly losing confidence in being employed again. A string of events led me to High Trees Development project… The standards of training at High Trees is second to none. As a result, I am very excited and confident about my future prospects and work opportunities.” Gloria, St Martin’s Estate

Le Petit Prince of Laos - Badur Foundation
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Le Petit Prince of Laos

National Association of the 21st Century Roma Women - Badur Foundation
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National Association of the 21st Century Roma Women

NIOK - Badur Foundation
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NIOK

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Developing a Mini Adventure Park An inclusive entertainment space in Pécs

With the Power of Humanity Foundation is an independent charitable organisation in Pécs, which focuses on running human rights education programmes, promoting democratic values and supporting deprived communities. The Foundation started its work in 2010 in the Eastern, segregated part of Pécs.

Initially, they mainly implemented leisure activities, then they launched a Youth Club and an After-school programme. They also play an important role in the development of charitable organisations working in the region.

In early 2018, the Foundation prepared a new social business idea to develop a mini adventure park in the outdoor areas of the After-School. In this new facility, they hope to offer tailored entertainment for local families and team building activities for companies, in order to generate extra income for their charitable activities. Under the Hatchery Programme 2018, a pilot plan was devised to launch a new social enterprise in 2019. The Trustees of Badur Foundation welcomed the concept and awarded financial support to cover the costs of the first childcare professional’s training and further professional support to develop a business plan for the longer term.

The first staff training was completed successfully in May 2019 and 14 new members joined the organisation. The team have implemented several events so far, such as a city game for a group of children from Budapest, a Children’s Day focusing on social inclusion, and some outdoor birthday parties for local children. They also organised their first inclusive camp attended by children from a range of social backgrounds in June.

In parallel to the entertainment events, the organisation started to develop the prospective mini adventure park. Volunteers from the corporate sector helped them to renew the garden, to make practical garden furniture and to build a new tree-house for children. In addition, the organisation successfully fundraised for a mobile climbing wall, which was installed in the summer.

In autumn, the organisation successfully attracted new customers and managed to exceed its initial revenue plan. All in all, the first year has been very promising and the organisation is keen to expand its income generating services.

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Experiential Outdoor Trainings Setting up an independent training centre

The Academy of Experiences is a professional community of trainers and youth workers who are engaged with outdoor experiential education using nature and the world around them as a classroom. Their mission is to inspire, empower and support youth and adults to take responsibility in their lives and their communities.

They create space and time for participants to develop their own personal and professional skills through non-formal educational activities. They place great emphasis on offering skills development programmes for marginalised youth from all over the country.

In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for their services by for-profit customers, who realised that experiential learning can be effectively used to develop skills among their employees. For the Academy of Experiences, these contracts have represented a new way to generate income. Under the Springboard programme 2018, they wished to explore how to take their activities to the next level, intending to centralise their training and programmes into a central venue in order to increase efficiency. Not only would this improve the overall sustainability of the organisation, but from the extra profit generated they could offer additional programmes to at-risk youth, their main target group. The Foundation awarded the Academy of Experiences with additional mentoring so that their business plan and financial model could be optimised.

Within the framework of mentoring, both the charitable and the market-based activities were reviewed. The organisation regrouped and prioritised several of their projects, and they identified the core activities contributing most to achieve their mission. In the meantime, the Association successfully applied for operating grants from EACEA (a funding agency of the EU), plus they launched new large-scale training projects. These positive developments ensured favourable circumstances for the organisation to gradually redefine and stabilise their operation both financially and functionally.

The Association did not abandon the idea of implementing its own training centre. However, they opted for a more staged approach by first concentrating on fine-tuning their current mode of service delivery and delaying the construction of the centre. Finalising the business plan of the independent training centre is thus expected next year.

Banner credit: Flickr, Camille D, Creative Commons.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Acceptance Bakery Baking pastries that lead to dignified employment for disadvantaged women

Before the Maltese Charity started its community development work in Monor settlement, it was customary for children as young as 10-12 years old to drop out from school. Since the inception of their work in 2004, many things have changed. Not only do students finish primary school, but they regularly continue to secondary school to study a trade. Even more, the community can already celebrate its first university graduate.

Not only does the complex social work of the Maltese Charity focus on children, they also work with the adults who live amongst the 130-140 families in Monor Tabán. Due to the recent economic boom in Central Hungary, men of the settlement have typically found work in the construction industry or in nearby factories. However, women still find it hard to secure jobs on the primary labour market. Either because as they are approaching elder age their health state worsens or because they are responsible for raising children and have to take care of home chores.

To find a solution to this problem, a social enterprise named the Acceptance Bakery was set up in 2018 with the active involvement of the local community. The Bakery currently employs four women on a part and full time basis. They produce delightful sweet and sour pastries based on their family recipes, which are successfully sold on the nearby markets. The start was somewhat rocky as the women were confronted with the prejudices of mainstream society, who did not want to engage with the products. Fortunately, after months of engagement and patience, the ice was broken and they are now well received and accepted.

In order to develop their business model, the organisation participated in the Hatchery programme so the enterprise could become fully self-sufficient. They soon realised that in order to generate enough revenue to cover salaries and other costs, they will need to market their produce to other potential buyers such as food stores, restaurants and event caterers. In order to sell on a bigger scale, they will also have to professionalise their equipment and ensure better quality control. The Foundation’s grant supported the Bakery to buy semi-industrial equipment and to contract a pastry chef who would train its employees.

In parallel, the Bakery successfully fundraised for the enlargement and refurbishment of its workshop, which was re-opened in November 2019. Once the workshop has been inaugurated and the new machines have been installed, the production can be scaled up. This will hopefully enable the Bakery to achieve its ultimate aim, to offer fair wages to its employees who are currently employed under the benefit scheme of the public work system.

Credit of banner and thumbnail images: Márton Neményi, NLC

Munkaerőhiány? A drogériában akkor se dolgozzon cigány! - Badur Foundation
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Munkaerőhiány? A drogériában akkor se dolgozzon cigány!

A nő, aki nagymamakorában hallotta először, hogy jó valamiben - Badur Foundation
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A nő, aki nagymamakorában hallotta először, hogy jó valamiben

A menekülttáborban a jóga lett a közös nyelv – most máshol is azzá tenné - Badur Foundation
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A menekülttáborban a jóga lett a közös nyelv – most máshol is azzá tenné

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Ethnic Talents

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Ethnic Talents Casting agency with a social mission

Without doubt the film industry in Hungary is booming and the reasons are multifold. The 30% tax incentive along with the well-equipped film studios, highly trained professionals, attractive historical and natural scenery makes the Hungarian capital one of the most sought after destinations for international movie crews. Film production spending has skyrocketed, exceeding 100 billion HUF (320 million Euros) in 2017.

These productions have an ever-growing demand for unique and diverse faces, which could represent a great employment opportunity for people coming from a minority background. It appears that mainstream casting agencies are currently unable to satisfy this demand. Ethnic Talents, the winner of Badur’s 2018 Springboard Social Enterprise Competition, would like to fill this market gap. In close collaboration with grassroots organisations, Ethnic Talents will recruit amateurs - mainly but not exclusively from marginalised communities overrepresented by Roma - to work as extras or actors in international and domestic movies.

The social impact of the project is threefold. First, working in the movie industry provides a great opportunity to earn additional (and given the industry’s standards, substantial) income for hundreds of people annually. Second, being introduced to the movie industry could create new prospects for many by linking them with other career opportunities in the world of film. Carpenters, technicians, labourers, make-up artists, production assistants are all highly sought after given the general staff shortage in the industry. Third, the project’s impact on the representation of Roma people could be tremendous. Currently, Roma are either underrepresented or only given stereotypical roles in Hungarian productions may those be feature movies or commercial advertisements. If more Roma featured in movies and advertisements in non-stereotypical roles, the image of Roma could be more balanced and positive.

In order to support the establishment of Ethnic Talents, the Foundation awarded a grant to cover the start-up costs and the initial operational loss. In addition, the team will receive long-term professional mentoring in relation to strategic, financial and operational management.

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2018 Annual Report & Financial Statements

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Roma Heroes

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Gulyás Böbe és a Badur-misszió

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A cigány fiataloknak találkozniuk kell a saját történeteikkel

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Roma Heroes Project 2018 Empowerment and Raising Awareness Through Contemporary Drama

Strengthening the impact of the first Roma Heroes project, the Foundation continued to support the second edition of the Roma Heroes Programme.

The Second Roma Heroes Storytelling Festival took place in May 2018 and it contributed to even more visibility of the values of Roma dramas and heroes. Eight new plays from seven countries were translated, performed, recorded and added to the existing educational material.

Emília Lovas (Hungary): Chameleongirl
- Studio focus scenes
- Interview with the lead actress, Emilia Lovas
- Interview with the director, Tamás Szegedi
Alex Fifea (Romania): You Didn’t See Anything!
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal interview
Nataliya Tsekova (Bulgaria): Gypsy Wheels
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal interview
Sonia Carmona Tapia (Spain): Profound Dignity
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal interview
Sebastian Spinella (Italy): Children of the Wind
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal Interview
Franciska Farkas (Hungary): Letter to Brad Pitt
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal interview
Michael Collins (Ireland): It’s a cultural thing. Or is it?
- Studio focus scenes
- Personal Interview
Richard O’Neill (UK): Today’s lesson
- Studio focus scenes
- Interview from the previous festival in 2017.

In 2018, the Roma Heroes workshops were run in 9 different cities, at 13 different host organisations, with a total 202 youngsters. Satisfaction rate was high: 94% of youngsters stated that they found the workshop interesting and 87% stated that they learnt many new things. The qualitative part of the evaluations highlighted the workshop’s contribution to awareness raising, changes in attitudes towards minorities and an increased will to become an active citizen. In addition to the workshops, 4 university seminars were held - at ELTE Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE, TáTK, Cultural Anthropology Department, Pázmány Péter University, Film studies, Kepes György Special College Art and Culture Studies Department in Eger - introducing and deepening the topic in the formal education sector.

Moreover, all participants continued to make active use of the Roma Heroes Blog, which has become more and more community-based and community-led containing dozens of stories about everyday heroes of the participants. Thousands of people were reached by the blog entries.

Last but not least, Independent Theatre successfully bid for an ERASMUS+ tender making it possible to deliver the methodology across Europe in partnership with like-minded organisations, some of whom presented their art work at the previous Roma Storytelling Festivals.

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Roma Heroes Project 2017 Empowerment and Raising Awareness Through Contemporary Drama

Contemporary Roma playwrights are not widely known, despite their artistic excellence and the topical messages they aim to spread. Independent Theatre’s newest educational programme is based on four modern Roma plays, each of which portrays profound human struggles.

The work of Mihaela Dragan, Alina Serban, Richard O’Neill and Dijana Pavlovic feature strong Roma heroines who challenge the status quo. One rebels against family traditions; another excels in her studies despite personal hardship; the third rebels to achieve structural change and the fourth fights for historical remembrance. These are powerful life stories which serve as an example to all, particularly to young Roma.

All of the plays were performed at Hungary’s ground-breaking Roma Storytelling Festival in 2017, which attracted an audience of 370 and reached over a million people through its media coverage. The below video clips provide a glimpse of the inspirational and thought-provoking performances:

1. Mihaela Dragan (Romania, Giuvlipen Group):
- Del Duma – focus scenes
- Interview with the playwright
2. Dijana Pavlovic (Italy, individual artist):
- Vita mia, parla – focus scenes
- Interview with the playwright
3. Richard O’Neill (United Kingdom, individual artist):
- Hardest Word – focus scenes
- Interview with the playwright
4. Alina Serban (Romania, individual artist):
- I declare at my own risk – focus scenes
- Interview with the playwright

The making of the festival: Behind the scenes

These stories were the basis of the innovative educational material and a workshop series that Independent Theatre brought to over 200 young people in order to encourage active citizenship. Nine organisations hosted the workshops; the majority of which specialised in teaching and mentoring Roma university students:

  1. Greek Catholic Gipsy College, Miskolc
  2. RefoRom, Reformed Gipsy College Budapest,
  3. Romaversitas Foundation, Budapest,
  4. Pressley Ridge Foundation, Salgótarján,
  5. Wlislocki Henrik College, Pécs,
  6. Dr. Ámbédkar School, Miskolc,
  7. Lutheran Roma College, Nyíregyháza,
  8. Informal youth group, Hajdúhadháza
  9. ELTE Department of Media and Communication, Roma Visual Laboratory

Through cooperative and engaging workshops, young Roma (and non-Roma) people had the opportunity to consider how these stories relate to their own lives and as well as to consider the everyday heroes in their own communities. Young people were also encouraged to use creative artwork to demonstrate these personal stories. Some of them were shared on the Roma Heroes Blog and reached a much wider audience. In this respect, the project also helped to open a dialogue with wider society and developed the image of the Roma communities.

Selected young people were also invited to a five day ’workshop marathon’ in December 2018. Over these five days they had the opportunity to explore the Roma Hero narrative in further detail. The workshop marathon’s success was proven when these young people volunteered to be Ambassadors for the programme and hold further activities in their own communities. The first activity has already taken place at the Avas settlement in Miskolc and was a success.

A further positive development was the addition of the methodology to the formal university curriculum. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Media and Communication at Eötvös Lóránd University. Furthermore, Professor András Müllner spent a term teaching his course ‘Case Studies on Communication’ which discussed the four plays, their multidisciplinary context and the media communication from the festival.

Not only do all of these experiences prove that the works of Roma playwrights have a place in theatres, but that they also have a role in education, be it in a formal or the non-formal capacity one. Thus the Independent Theatre strives to share the methodology with educators, trainers and other professionals - they compiled comprehensive educational material and published it online. Those interested may request additional information at fuggetlenszinhaz@gmail.com.

No Bad Kids // Pressley Ridge Hungary Foundation - Badur Foundation
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No Bad Kids // Pressley Ridge Hungary Foundation

With the Power of Humanity - Badur Foundation
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With the Power of Humanity

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Well Grounded Jobs C.I.C

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SIMPACT

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Nottingham Potential

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Mahájána Foundation

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Jai Bhim Buddhist Network

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Independent Theater

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Csodamühely Association

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Buddhist Heritage Project

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BAGázs Association

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Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF)

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Association of Roma Minority Representatives and Spokespeople of Nógrád County

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“Acceptance Bakery” Social Cooperative

Barista Training Academy sees ten trainees secure futures in coffee - Badur Foundation
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Barista Training Academy sees ten trainees secure futures in coffee

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Well Grounded A Speciality Coffee Training Academy, changing lives

Well Grounded have already supported 93 people into work through their training academy in Tower Hamlets, transforming trainees’ financial situations as well as their emotional and personal well-being. With support from the Badur Foundation, Well Grounded are launching a second academy in Kings Cross, where they will offer training programmes to local people in a new area of high deprivation.

Established in 2016, Well Grounded is a social enterprise and speciality coffee training academy connecting people most disconnected from the labour market with sustainable careers in the coffee industry. Trainees include the long-term unemployed, refugees and asylum seekers, people with mental health challenges and NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training).

Well Grounded offer a 2-week and 9-week work-readiness training course. Both lead to a Speciality Coffee Accreditation and employment opportunities, but the 9-week course offers additional wraparound support and work experience for those who need it. Through the delivery of ongoing employment support and mentoring days, Well Grounded continue to support their graduates to grow into new roles such as Head Baristas, Roasters and Coffee Traders. They also support beneficiaries into further training and roles outside the industry. Well Grounded aim to transition Graduates into the right training and employment solutions both within and outside coffee.

The launch of their second academy in Kings Cross will increase Well Grounded’s social impact, as well as allowing them to grow new income streams in order to build a sustainable business model. The new academy will also enable them to offer higher level training for Graduates, aiming to lift people out of ‘in work’ poverty, as well as to roll out training programmes and facilities for the wider coffee community and public. The team aim to design a replicable model that can be implemented across the UK in cities with high levels of unemployment.

“I have a Moderate Learning Disability on the Autistic Spectrum and have struggled to find employment ...Then Well Grounded came along, believed in me and gave me the opportunity to succeed. I really enjoyed my time learning more about how to make coffee, where it comes from, and different coffee tasting notes. I love my job as a Barista. It’s given me the platform to achieve my targets. I am in this for the long-term.” Zak Osman, Barista since 2016 at The Shard.

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Magical Laos: Rosewood Luang Prabang

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Think for the Future Building social and emotional resilience to tackle educational barriers

Poor behaviour and disengagement from school can have huge detrimental effects, from reduced pupil outcomes, to increased pressure on staff time and well being. The Foundation supported Think for the Future, a social enterprise working with schools to tackle challenging behaviour head on, targeting students in need of support with a pupil specific programme.

Think for the Future was founded in 2013 to tackle complex social problems that are creating barriers for young people within the education system. They deliver a tailor-made Behaviour and Resilience Mentoring service working with young people that schools have identified as ‘at risk’ of being expelled. Behaviour and Resilience Mentors are positioned in schools on a weekly basis, targeting specific outcomes with each pupil.

The Foundation supported Think for the Future to trial their innovative Behaviour Mentoring provision, as well as to pilot delivering their services on a payment-by-results scheme. This method allows schools to target the specific needs of their pupils and the challenges they are currently experiencing - only paying for the outcomes delivered. Outcomes are pre-agreed with the school and can include positive/ negative behaviour points, attendance, incidents, and more. With support from the Foundation, Think for the Future have successfully tested and verified their business model, which generates high quality social outcomes for mentees and cost savings for schools.

After successfully growing to support over 45 schools, they are currently working towards financial sustainability. The next steps are to replicate their model further and to expand the number of areas they reach as well as the number of students who can benefit from their support.

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Hatchery+ Programme 2019 DEVELOPING VIABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

In 2019, Badur Foundation launched the latest edition of its Social Enterprise Development Programme, which supports organisations and informal teams working in impoverished communities to develop viable and sustainable social enterprise ideas, or to improve their existing social enterprise to reach long-term sustainability. The programme is carried out in cooperation with SIMPACT.

The Call for Application was launched in February 2019 and 16 applications were received. After a thorough assessment of the applications including field visits, Badur selected seven organisations and commissioned SIMPACT to provide four-month training focusing on idea generation, validation and business planning.

The selected organisations and teams were:

The structure of the programme was as follows:

During the training phase, four workshops were held to help teams structure and evaluate their business ideas using the core elements of the Business Model Canvas. In addition, each team received vital individual support by pro bono mentors. At the end of the training period, the organisations presented their business concepts and Badur selected the four most promising social enterprise ideas to participate in the tailored mentoring phase.

Selected teams were:

Each team worked directly with their mentor for four months to finetune the business model. The final presentation was held on 28th November, when teams summarised their progress and pitched for further support.

Awardees:

Based on the final pitches, the Trustees awarded tailored support to each organisation.

AdniJóga Alapítvány (Giving Yoga Foundation) aims to provide access to the physical and mental benefits of yoga for traumatised groups. They organise pop-up events for local people and yoga sessions for companies, which enable them to offer free yoga classes for vulnerable groups.Under the Hatchery Programme, the team drew up a detailed pilot plan aiming to reach break-even point by the end of 2020. To achieve this goal, AdniJóga need to grow the number of corporate partners and reprice their services. Badur Trustees awarded financial support to cover operating losses in the pilot period and professional support to help implement the pilot plan.

Élj tudatosan Egyesület („Live Consciously” Association) focuses on supporting former foster care youth living in and around Tiszadob, in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county, one of the most disadvantaged areas of Hungary. In particular, they run a charity shop in Tiszadob which ensures work opportunities for their beneficiaries and provides access to quality second-hand products at an affordable price for local people. The Association plans to expand their sales activity to surrounding disadvantaged settlements (through new shops, occasional fairs and local markets). The business plan developed in the mentoring phase highlighted new communication and branding challenges. Furthermore, the operational plan showed that a van is needed due to extra transport tasks. To support this growth, the Association was awarded financial support towards a van, and professional support to develop their PR and marketing activities.

Inbar Nonprofit Kft. (Inbar Nonprofit Ltd.) operates a homeless shelter in the heart of Budapest. They also run a kitchen with catering services. The team applied to Hatchery to develop a business plan for scaling up their catering services in order to obtain extra financial sources for developing the shelters’ services. The business model raised three points which are necessary for the expansion: i) to increase website functions, ii) to upgrade marketing activities, iii) to develop kitchen equipment. The financial calculations were very promising, so Badur Trustees awarded a loan to implement the business concept.

Tegyünk Egymásért Egyesület (Let’s Help Each Other Association) works with vulnerable people living in Pécs-Somogy. Besides community development, they have been running entrepreneurial activity for three years, which aims to create occasional job opportunities for disadvantaged people. To expand their business of selling chips and donuts at nearby festivals, the Association would like to launch a sandwich manufactory in order to create additional employment opportunities. The organisation prepared their business plan for the manufactory in the mentoring phase of the Programme. According to the plan, the manufactory can operate sustainably from the beginning and its profit can stabilise the Association’s charitable operation. As an initial investment, the Association needs to establish a kitchen and purchase kitchen equipment. Badur Trustees
awarded financial support to create the kitchen and further professional support to implement the business plan. In addition, the Association was awarded a loan to purchase a second set of equipment for its chips and donuts stand so that they can increase their sales at festivals.

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Opening a Charity Shop in Budapest Scaling up the social enterprise of BAGázs

BAGázs Public Benefit Association has been working since 2011 to contribute to an inclusive and accepting society in which Roma people have a chance to achieve their goals. BAGázs provides resources for Roma communities to enable them to recognise and articulate their needs. In parallel, the Association sensitises members of mainstream society to become more accepting of Roma communities. The Association implements their activities in two Roma settlements (Bag, Dány).

Through Badur’s Springboard programme, BAGázs developed the business plan of a mobile charity shop that provides access to quality clothing at a very affordable price for underprivileged communities in Pest County, in addition to creating employment opportunities for local community members. With the support of ERSTE Seeds Programme, BAGázs launched a mobile charity shop in May 2018. The mobile charity shop focuses on the area close to Bag and Dány, but during the summer season, they appear on the major Hungarian festivals as well.

In the long run, the Association had always intended to complement the mobile shop by opening a charity shop in Budapest in order to enhance their social impact and to strengthen the financial vitality of the two complementary business initiatives. As part of their Springboard award, Bagazs received professional mentoring to develop a business plan for the charity shop in Budapest.

In August 2018, BAGázs found the right location for the charity shop in 13th District of Budapest, next to the Szent István Park. The place is well fitting to all ideas and needs of BAGázs and the envisioned charity shop concept. The location of the shop is suitable for the integration of a charity shop and a community space. In addition, the Association can also move its office to this location.

The Foundation awarded financial help to Bagazs to cover the start-up cost of the charity shop including part of the renovation costs. The renovation of the building started in September 2018 and the shop was opened in December 2018. The Foundation will closely monitor the development of the business activities and assist the management as needed.

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Piloting a Charity Shop Launching a social business in Bátonyterenye

The Association of Roma Minority Representatives and Spokespeople of Nógrád County has been undertaking vital community work in the Northern Hungarian region. Since its establishment in 1996, the main mission of the organisation has been to reduce child poverty by providing assistance to families in need.

The Association is one of the Foundation’s strategic educational partners. The team have a wide regional focus and actively support families living in Bátonyterenye, Mátraverebély and Lucfalva. Our cooperation started when the Association faced a moment of crisis and Badur helped them to acquire and renovate their own after-school building in Bátonyterenye. This investment was the first, and very important, strategic step towards increased sustainability. Details of this project are described here.

Ever since, the Association team have been trying to diversify their income streams by increasing revenue-producing activities. Through the professional support granted under Badur’s Springboard Programme 2017, the Association drew up a pilot programme to run a sustainable charity shop in Bátonyterenye. The idea was based on the monthly charity fairs, which had been organised with great success in cooperation with Adománytaxi (“Donation Taxi”) for years. Badur supported the pilot with professional advice and partial coverage of the running costs.

The pilot programme showed that in a small rural settlement, the occasional charity fairs can be organised more successfully than to run a charity shop with regular opening hours. Through the pilot, the organisation concluded that they should return to the original fairs and strengthen their communitydevelopment potential.

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Adult Education Pilot Programme To facilitate labour market integration

Since 2012, the Csepp Afternoon School run by Csodaműhely Association has provided vital support to disadvantaged school children, helping them to successfully pursue their studies and fulfil their abilities. Volunteer mentors have provided individual tutoring, as well as engaging with the families and teachers creating a much needed bridge between the two.

Over the years the Association’s work has become increasingly complex and and in 2016 they started an early development pedagogy-based programme for young mothers and their toddlers. In 2017, they launched a Civil Network to establish channels of communication and platforms of cooperation between different stakeholders including residents, teachers, social workers and municipality workers. With the Badur Foundation’s grant, they started a new stream of activities that focus on the education, training and complex skills development of adults in order to foster their labour market integration.

The level of education of the residents living in the disadvantaged segment of Csobánka is significantly lower than the national average, and - as a consequence of this fact - there are less favourable unemployment indicators in the settlement than the national average. Half of the residents only completed primary school education. Only one in three people has a regular job, and the rest either live on seasonal jobs or are long-term unemployed.

National programmes providing free adult education exist but can only be accessed through a maze of bureaucracy. This is a significant challenge for people with low qualifications. Disadvantaged adults can find it difficult to navigate formal administration because some of them are functionally illiterate, so they can have trouble understanding and filling out registration forms. As candidates often lack basic skills, frequently they cannot even solve aptitude tests, so they are not accepted to state-funded vocational trainings.

Obtaining the right qualification is the first, but not last step. The development of personal and social skills is also prerequisite for successful integration. Better communication, improved conflict resolution skills and healthy self-esteem levels are all needed for people to attain and keep the job they wish. Crucially, an inclusive working environment that is open and conducive to integrating disadvantaged individuals is also needed to ensure success in the long run. Thus, the adult education programme in Csobánka provided a complex solution to the above set of problems by cooperating with existing state programmes, providing additional mentoring, organising targeted skills development training and having a proactive approach to finding potential employers.

During the pilot year (October 2018 – September 2019) supported by Badur Foundation, the Association provided education and training opportunities for twenty-seven people. Twenty-five people were enrolled in vocational education to complete state-funded shop clerk training. Before that, all of them had been permanently excluded from the primary labour market for years. During the training programme, participants received ongoing mentoring support by staff and volunteers of the Association. In addition, a group of peer mentors emerged spontaneously who provided additional peer-to-peer support. This lead to success as all twenty-five participants passed the final exam with good results.

“They [the mentors] helped in everything, they stood by us in everything.”

After the training, the Association provided job search support and in the short term, 50% of participants found a job on the primary labour market. The programme also had additional benefits, beyond an immediate change in participants’ employment status, based on the outcome assessment of the programme:

  • Participants gained stronger social competences, which increased confidence.
  • Participants became role models for younger generations.
  • Participants’ professional qualification is an investment for their future.

“I can encourage them [my children] to learn by learning as well.

Besides vocational training, the programme provided an opportunity to finish primary school education. The lessons were held by volunteers in a flexible manner and participants appreciated education that fit their working hours, the commitment of volunteers, and the fact that they could approach volunteer mentors with problems beyond curriculum issues. Two adults finished this programme – each completing a school year. The example of these successful students was very motivating for the community, proving that it is worth investing in learning.

Based on the positive experience of the pilot and the successful fundraising efforts of the Association, the Adult Education Programme will be sustained to provide further opportunities for vocational training and primary education. The Foundation will continue to support the second year of the operation, this time by funding the specific position of a community assistant so that the programme can be embedded more profoundly into the local community. To read more about the continuation click here.

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