Our mission is to engage with and support refugees and migrants through a solution-oriented approach of promoting employability and community integration. To train and equip our target group with the necessary skills so that they can become positive contributors in the society.
The ultimate goal of MigHelp is to identify the pressing needs and difficulties faced by the most vulnerable refugees and other migrants in Hungary. We strive to find practical and immediate solutions to address these needs. Developing appropriate refugee and migrant integration activities are crucial in Hungary and entire Europe at this material point in time. At MigHelp, we look for sustainable solutions for securing adequate integration and employment in Hungary for the people we work with.
In order to achieve its goals, Mighelp, with the help of computers and other equipment donated by the embassies of the United states, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, African-Hungarian Union and Sweden, launched a computer skills training center in Bicske refugee camp, Hungary in 2010.
The training center in Bicske is accredited by the Hungarian international branch of John Von Neumann Computer Society (ECDL Foundation, Hungary). The ECDL office not only accredited the refugee center for free, it also promised free voucher to 20 refugees and vulnerable migrants yearly. This means that 20 refugees can gain ECDL certification without paying the fee, in as much as they successfully pass the exam. So far, 95 refugees and other immigrants have successfully gained the free ECDL certification and more are expected to attain the certificate.This has been a great empowerment to the refugees in Hungary.
Apart from the ECDL training course, many other refugees and migrants have attended and continue to attend the web design, web programming and data management training courses organized by MigHelp. In total, over 100 migrants and refugees have gone through various MigHelp IT training courses. MigHelp also runs language training courses to facilitate integration.
In 2011, a successful computer skills training program sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI), was carried out in Bicske refugee camp whereby most of the refugee participants who completed their ECDL training were moved to the Advanced level Information Technology Course in Budapest, also offered by MigHelp.
In the same year (2011), Mighelp and McDaniel College, an American college in Budapest, developed an advanced job-based, practical IT course. Dozens of migrants have been successfully trained through the web design course, among them Mr Mboh Ekale, who started out in web design before joining the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) with the help of the MigHelp scholarship project. To date, Elkale has continued to encourage and instruct small business owners on how to develop and manage their own websites.
MigHelp and its partner, McDaniel College started the web design project with no financial support but McDaniel College, knowing the importance of the project to refugees and unemployed migrants, accepted to kick-start the program while the search for fund was ongoing. Before long, the ERSTE Foundation supported the program; subsequently, the European Integration Fund did as well. MigHelp, together with the participants in these courses are grateful for this support.
In 2012, Mighelp in cooperation with Avicenna international college established the first Migrants’ Computer Skills Development Centre in Budapest with the help of equipment donated by the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
We felt that this centre is important because many refugees/migrants move to Budapest in search of jobs with little or no job related nor basic computer skills. Since the news of the new computer centre was spread around the city, many migrants joined in the training sessions, part of which was also sponsored by the European Integration Fund.
In 2012, MigHelp developed a new project called the ‘ONE SEAT PROJECT’ which is an Educational project aimed at securing a free seat in every university in Hungary for less privileged migrants and refugees. This will give refugees/disadvantaged migrants the opportunity to study for a university degree on a scholarship. This is a life changing project. So far four universities in Budapest have each offered a place to the refugees/migrants. We now have four places in four different universities which were offered to refugees/migrants for a degree program.
– Our Values
– Guiding Principles
✓ To treat everyone with respect and give hope to the hopeless.
✓ We will work together to strengthen communities, recognizing the value
of participation and collaboration.
✓ We empower refugees and migrants by promoting self-sufficiency.
✓ We are accountable to our members (clients) and stake holders
✓ We respond to new ideas and emerging needs.