The History of MigHelp. MigHelp* was officially registered in Hungary as an NGO in 2009, but our story reaches back before then. In 2001 James Peter, a refugee from a West African country, was at the refugee camp in Debrecen Hungary when there was a near riot stemming from a conflict between Muslims and Christians. Police were called in to help and the refugees were relocated. From this experience Mr. Peter decided it would be worthwhile for refugees to learn conflict resolution skills. Pursuing this idea, in 2007 he made the acquaintance of an experienced non-violence communication expert, and a series of workshops were held in both Budapest and at the Bicske refugee camp. Later this work expanded to include job training, language skills, and distribution of information. The entire experience led Mr. Peter and a small, dedicated group of friends and colleagues to the conclusion that a new organization was needed to address the important needs of refugees and migrants. Thus, MigHelp was founded in September 2009, and is today registered as a legal NGO in Hungary. One of MigHelp’s first projects was offering practical job skills trainings of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) program – these accredited Read More ...
Late in 2019, the MigHelp assembly and board began the process of changing our official name from Migráns Segítség Magyarország Egyesület [Migrants Help Association Hungary – MigHelp] to Next Step Magyarország Egyesület [Next Step Hungary Association]. The change has now been officially approved, so over the coming weeks and months, we will be gradually updating our online and print materials with our new name.
In December 2019, we marked our 10th anniversary, which was a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate how far MigHelp has come, and to express our appreciation to our strong and devoted community, to whom we owe our success.
Now we look forward to a continued bright future together as Next Step!
MigHelp thanks the UNHCR for making this video about us and our work.
–– also read the accompanying article by Helen Womack http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2018/1/5a3914534/hungarian-elderly-help-refugees-find-new-purpose.html
Migrants’ Help Association of Hungary (MigHelp) is an NGO established by refugees and their supporters in Budapest, Hungary, that works to empower refugees and migrants and to facilitate their integration into the Hungarian and European society. We were founded in 2009, please read about our history.
We work both with people who have been granted permanent status in Hungary, and those who are still in the process of attaining their status.
MigHelp aims to help migrants help themselves in identifying their real needs and their frustrations and work together toward attainable and sustainable solution. MigHelp offers language and computer training courses to give migrants the skills and confidence necessary for their integration and job acquisition.
Above video: Bicske Refugee Camp, Hungary. MigHelp ECDL Computer Training — Graduation Ceremony December 2012. This project was supported by the Open Society Foundation.