Our company has been following the Real Pearl Foundation's journey through hard times and success for years, trying to be a bridge that links from the remote parts of Hungary to our Italian and not Italian friends the stories and dreams of these children in need.
The Real Pearl Foundation is a Hungarian non-governmental organisation with the mission to develop the communities in one of the most underprivileged regions of Hungary, near Berettyóújfalu. They have been working on the challenges of integration and development since 1999. The programs include art education, talent development, family care, and vocational training courses.
Real Pearl provides elementary art education in 6 towns reaching 23 villages for a total 670 children of which 70% is underpriviledged, 250 children come from deep poverty.
We are committed to support the efforts of the Foundation, and we do it partly together with our amazing guests!
Every reservation made through our site means 5eur per day donation to the Real Pearl Foundation.
There's a lot - too much - that we could tell you about the poverty, the need and the conditions children in this region have to suffer. Instead, we'd like to show a piece of hope!
(if you're interested, below there are links for more information about the Foundation's work)
It is part of the Foundation's development project that children and their parents are engaged in meaningful occupations that generate income. In a small Hungarian village, Told parents cut wood blocks for printing, using motifs from their children's drawings. And create these amazing treasure boxes!
Our goal is to raise awareness through presenting these artworks to a major audience, trasmitting value of creation and community. Feel free to contact us with any question, you can find the treasure boxes also in our apartments!
From Real Pearl Foundation website:
"Art project “Szuno” (“dream” in the Gipsy language) aims to help the very poor parents of the children who attend the art school (nearly all of whom are unemployed)
We are trying to teach parents some traditional handicrafts, which would allow them to perform some meaningful activities other than their daily duties, as well as give them a possible source of income. We have started teaching the mothers needlepoint. We gave them some motifs traced from their children’s drawings, and small pieces of needlepoint canvas; then we showed them the various stitches. Afterwards, the small images became the central parts of patchworks used for textile objects such as bags. In a neighbouring village, one of our volunteers has been teaching women to sew the bags.
The idea of linking handicrafts to solving social problems has already been applied in many other places. What really is new here, however, is the use of the children’s original drawings as a basis for the embroideries, which creates a bridge between children, parents and grandparents, while also linking generating income to creating valuable objects. Several generations work together – this team effort strengthens family ties, and the sense of belonging to the community.
More recently, the parents started learning the technique of reverse glass painting, using it to make traditional glass icons; the latest technique we’ve introduced them to, however, is the Japanese moku hanga (wood block printing), in which they again use their children’s drawings."
This is the site of the Foundation
Webshop (unfortunately no english site yet)
And some articles written by the chairman Nora L. Ritok