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On 24, Jan 2016 | In | By mate

Igazgyöngy Foundation


The Igazgyöngy (“real pearl”) Foundation and Basic Art Education Institute has been operating in one of the poorest parts of Hungary since 1999. The Foundation educates a total of 670 children from 23 villages, most of whom are underprivileged, with 250 living in deep poverty.

Their profile was expanded eight years ago to include creating opportunities for those – mostly gipsy – families who have been impoverished for several generations. One element of this is Project Szuno, which started with needlepointing.

“Szuno” is the Gipsy word for “dream”. The local women create needlepoints based on their children’s drawings, which are then applied onto textile objects, thus becoming products ready to be sold. Sales are mostly conducted through the Szuno webshop. The women, originally completely untrained and having next to no employee skills, have since learned to work together beautifully. The product range is constantly expanding – the project now offers painted bags, story boxes (in the creation of which the men are also involved), and much more.

All this gives jobs, hope and a vision of the future to these people living in segregation.



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Nominated by Péter Szűcs:

‘I retain important that Highlights of Hungary supports provincial projects as well. The primary objective of Igazgyöngy Foundation is to provide a basic- level artistic education and formation for  disadvantaged and Roma students. The foundation was created by the artist Nóra L. Ritók, whose work even by international standards can serve as an example. She works whole heartedly, and with fantastic results for making everyday life of people living in the region much better through artistic education. I am also very proud of the fact that I was born in the same small town, Berettyóújfalu, where the Foundation was brought to life


*Participants of the project can be seen on the Hungarian website.