Friday, January 28, 2005

Homes For The Homeless

This is kind of a continuation of the previous post.

Last fall, the social ministry headed by Kinga Göncz (daughter of the popular first President of the Republic of post-communist Hungary, who is also the Hungarian translator of the Lord Of The Rings) and the major of the small village of Tarnabod initiated a programme of settling homeless people (especially families) from the capital Budapest in depopulated villages that accept them.

Participants get a farm with animals (the houses are renovated by hired local jobless people), help to start business, free heating and electricity until they have a good job, while they must accept some conditions, like not slaying the animals (but eating their eggs/breeding them). The plan was of course derided by conservatives, who like everywhere in the world believe the homeless just don't want to work, but it works so far - it works so well I hear foreign newspapers and authorities came to study it.


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