The power of collaboration - How do we strengthen community cohesion?

We launched our initiative called "Strengthening and activating small communities of Northeast Hungary" three years ago, on 1st May 2017. In this project every year we cooperate with 15-17 civil society organizations, small rural communities, schools, etc. in the North-Eastern region of Hungary to assist them in enhancing social engagement in their communities.  

At the beginning we have organized several workshops and meetings for all, to get to know each other, and learn about the concept and practices of volunteering, its legal framework, and the process of recruiting, involving, managing and evaluating volunteers.

In addition during a three-day long interactive, practice oriented training session participants were prepared how to assess those challenges that affect their communities the most, and as a response how to plan and implement local collaborative solutions in the form of so-called mini-projects.

As a result, nearly 30-40 community events, local actions were designed and implemented successfully by our collaborators in each year fostered by the professional assistance of the mentors involved and the small financial support provided by the Carpathian Foundation.

Now, we would like to proudly present and share some of the most inspiring initiatives that can serve as a good model for other communities, settlements and CSOs intending to strengthen the cohesion of their communities.

This activity was implemented within the framework of the Carpathian Foundation’s project entitled "Strengthening and activating small communities of Northeast Hungary" (EFOP-1.3.5-16-2016-00915)

The project is implemented with the support of the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Hungarian Government.

Community clean-up at the Béke Settlement

Construction of a community ”summer house” (filagoria)

Cooperation in Tomor to make toddlers smile

The Stone CulTOUR of Bükkalja with Kaptárkő Association

The Opal Talent Foundation for acceptance

The Forrás Foundation for Disabled Youths