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Apr 19, 2019

PM's office sets up Hungary Helps Agency

Hungary Helps is aimed at aiding Christian communities experiencing persecution around the world and was set up in 2017. The scheme has so far disbursed aid of 8 billion HUF (25m EUR) to 35,000 Christians making a living in their homelands

The Prime Minister’s Office has set up the Hungary Helps Agency to coordinate projects within the Hungary Helps program and ensure their transparency and efficacy.

Hungary Helps is aimed at aiding Christian communities experiencing persecution around the world and was set up in 2017. The scheme has so far disbursed aid of 8 billion HUF (25m EUR) to 35,000 Christians making a living in their homelands, fostering projects in five Middle Eastern and two sub-Saharan countries

Tristan Azbej, the state secretary responsible for aid to persecuted Christians, highlighted a project which has received 580 million forint for the reconstruction of 900 buildings in Tel Askuf, an Iraqi town which has since seen 1,000 of its 1,300 families return to their homes.

Hungary Helps concluded a cooperation agreement with USAID, the US development agency, in 2018, and is on the lookout for European partners as well.