Africa Hungarian Union: Apply to volunteer in Africa

Africa Hungarian Union: Apply to volunteer in Africa

Education, healthcare, and child protection: three words about the African Hungarian Union. As writes the number of the AHU’s humanitarian missions are constantly growing year by year. The 10-year old AHU is now organizing a volunteer programme, which offers exceptional experiences for the participants in exchange for their charity work. It all started in Congo with the children of war aid programme, organized by AHU and initiated by Sándor Balogh, founder and president of the Union, when Hungarian medicals provided help in a refugee camp of the eastern part of the country. Later, they went back to the camp twice and then further medical missions began: 13 missions were done in 6 countries, as of now. As Zsuzsa Orzói, AHU person responsible for protocol and education, and Dorka Horváth, humanitarian referent told, the medicals took care of more than 30 thousand people altogether in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Madagascar, Guinea, Malawi and Uganda.

AHU volunteer

30 thousand Hungarian medicals participated in the mission all together, they all sacrificed their holidays to be able to spend a month in Africa. They cured people in jungles, in impromptu surgeries made in schools, outdoors, and in jails, traveling around countries just to be able to help as much as possible. They cured and treated pretty much everything: malaria, an arm that has been broken for more than half a year, a hole in the heart, festering wounds, and all kinds of different problems.

It was the first time for many of their patients to meet a doctor and receive medical care. However, all their efforts seemed to be not enough, for, when they left, everything went back to how it was before them. Therefore, they also needed to give advice to people, even simple ones, such as they should do the washing on a table rather than on the ground so their back would not get hurt. But, it is not an easy job either, finding the perfect tone between lecturing and kind-hearted helping. Of course, though, the easiest would be if they could have been present permanently and keep on doing all the things they started, because, when the turn their backs to these people, unfortunately, nothing works as it is supposed to.

Therefore, the plan is the following: establishing a Hungarian hospital and medical centre in Kapeke, Uganda, where the Hungarian medicals already have great experiences, and the distribution is 1 medical per 1 million locals.

The blueprints are already finished and the foundation has also been put into its place. However, charity costs money, and the medicals have cancelled two missions so they could spend its money on the centre, but further supporters are needed and waited for. Also, they are preparing to do research in the Hungarian hospital, such as examining the effects of medicines in a much more natural environment than in Hungary, as, unlike Hungarians, the locals of Africa have not been “ruined” by the numerous pills and antibiotics yet.

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