BAGázs Association tackles the problems of Roma living in Bag (a small town near Budapest) in a versatile, long-term, equal relationship with its beneficiaries. Its many projects aim to help Roma people formulate a vision and take the steps necessary to achieve them – while influencing the majority society to be a support instead of an obstacle for these dreams. Mobilizing 80 volunteers each year and employing several Roma from the Roma village, BAGázs also connects Roma and non-Roma in an everyday context. This is how, together with ERSTE, they created an umbrella project for income generation which shelters vegetable gardens and poultry and pig farming for training, nutrition and revenue, as well as debt reconciliation with utility companies, combined with legal support and financial mentoring, for a new start without debts.
Working with and for the people within the Roma settlement of Bag for the past five years, BAGázs became the provider of care, attention and sustainable plans. They represent a clear statement: donating money, food or clothes without further social involvement may not be the best thing for helping Roma communities.