Age of Hope Gyermekvédelmi Alapítvány

Kelemen Zsófi, Tóth Ákos

Kérem beszéljen nekünk egy kicsit erről a szervezetről. Mivel foglalkoznak és kiket segítenek?

Az Age of Hope gyermekvédelmi alapítvány alapvetően a hátrányos helyzetű gyerekek 

szabadidejének hasznos eltöltése a fő célunk. Ez azt jelenti, hogy családból kiemelt 

gyerekeket illetve gyermekvédelmi intézményben vagy nagyon szegény régiókban élő 

gyerekeket támogat elsősorban a programunk. Ez számokban úgy néz ki, hogy nyáron 5-6 

tábort szervezünk, és 100-120 gyereket tudunk térítésmentesen táboroztatni. Évközben 

különböző adományturnéink vannak, a karácsonyi kampányunk a legerősebb. Ilyenkor 1200 

gyerekhez jutunk el cipősdoboz ajándékokkal és körülbelül 2.5-3 tonna tartós élelmiszert 

tudunk eljuttatni hátrányos helyzetű családokhoz. Most hétvégén lett vége a tisztítószeres 

kampányunknak, itt egy teherautónyi tisztítószert el tudtunk vinni szegény településekre. 

Nagyon fontos még az Age of Hope életében, hogy gimisekkel dolgozunk, tehát az 50 órás 

közösségi szolgálatot szokták nálunk végezni, nagyrészt sportoló gyerekek, szóval főállású 

alkalmazottunk nincs, és ezeket a számokat mind ezek az önkéntes gimisek hozzák. Minden 

táborban részt vesznek, mi tényleg komolyan vesszük ezt az 50 óra közösségi munkát.

Nagyon jól hangzik. Tehát akkor több ilyen iskolával is kapcsolatban állnak, mint a 

miénk? Illetve volt már ilyen, hogy ilyen jótékonysági eseményt szerveztek az iskolák, 

mint amit most mi csinálunk?

Igen, általában a  Budai, Budapesti iskolák nagyon szeretik az Age of Hope-ot, évente 10-15

50 órás közösségi szolgálatot végző diákot tudunk fogadni, így jött a Carmel is hozzánk.

Kíváncsi vagyok, hogy hogyan alakult meg ez a szervezet, honnan jött az ötlet?

Hát az ötlet az tőlem jött, közel 20 éve dolgozok a gyerekvédelemben, hamar kiderült hogy az állam gyerekvédelme több sebből vérzik, és mindenre jutna ez, kivétel pont arra ami a legfontosabb, még pedig hogy ezeknek a gyerekeknek jövőt adjunk, valamint hogy a szabadidejüket hasznosan töltsék. Nincsen állami pénzből arra keret,  hogy el tudjanak ezek a gyerekek menni a Balatonra egy hétre vagy akár egy kirándulásra, sőt akár egy strandon egy lángost enni, ezért erre gyűjtöttünk pénzt és közvetlen előzménye az Age of Hope-nak a Vörös iszap katasztrófa volt amikor mindenki összefogott, és az alapító okmányban azóta is szerepel, hogy katasztrófahelyzetekben is, akár hóhelyzet, akár árvíz, hatékonyan tudunk segíteni. Facebookon operálunk elsősorban, több, mint 9000-en követnek minket, amik nem fizetett likeok, hanem ezekben valós munkavégzés van. Ezért mindenkinek javasolnám, hogy látogassa meg a honlapunkat, facebook oldalunkat, ezeken lehet képeket találni a munkánkról és a kampányainkról. Ebből az iskolából is szeptembertől várjuk a szorgalmas önkéntes diákokat 🙂 

Köszönjük szépen a lehetőséget és reméljük, hogy tetszeni fog majd ez a kis vásár, amit szerveztünk. 

Én is köszönöm.

Elérhetőségük:

https://ageofhope.hu

https://www.facebook.com/ageofhopealapitvany/

Charity Day 2019

Hello, please tell us a little bit about your charity. What do you do, and who do you help?

The Age of Hope child protection foundation essentially aims to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds, by giving them useful activities to spend their free time with. This means that children from poor families or children in orphanages are our program’s main recipients. In numbers, how this translates is that we hold 5-6 camps in the summertime, which can hold 100-120 children at a time. During the year, we collect donations on multiple occasions, with our christmas campaign being the most well-known. Over the holidays, 1200 children receive a shoebox full of toys, and we are able to ship 2.5-3 tonnes of non-perishable food to families in need. This weekend marked the end of our hygiene campaign, with which we could transport a truckload of cleaning supplies to impoverished areas of the country. It is also very important in the workings of the Age of Hope foundation that we work with high school students. Many students choose to complete their 50 hours of community service with us, mostly sporty kids. This means we do not have full-time employees, and all these amazing statistics I just mentioned were achieved with the contribution of high school volunteers. They partake in every camp, and we really take the 50 hours of community service seriously.

That sounds great. So, you are in contact with other schools like ours? And have you 

ever participated in a charity event such as the one now, in our school?

Yes, schools in Buda–in Budapest–really like Age of Hope, we have the capacity for 10-15 

students a year to complete their 50 hour community sevice. This is how Carmel came to us 

as well.

I would be interested in finding out how Age of Hope was founded. Where did the idea

come from?

Well, the idea came from me. I’ve been working in child protection for nearly 20 years. I quickly found out that the state’s child protection legislation is bleeding from multiple wounds, and that there is enough to go around, except for the thing which matters the most, which is giving children in need a future, and giving them a useful way to spend their time. There is no national budget for taking kids in need to Balaton for a week, for a field trip, or even for a meal by the water. We decided to collect money for an experience like this. A direct catalyst of Age of Hope was the red mud catastrophe, which resulted in people standing together. Our founding document still says that, come catastrophe, snow or flood, we will be able to help efficiently. We mainly operate on Facebook, where we have over 9 thousand followers, who aren’t paid likes, but are genuine people. For this reason, I would advise everyone to visit our website and our Facebook page, where you can see pictures of our projects and campaigns. We also expect hard working student volunteers from this school in the following September 🙂

Thank you so much for this opportunity, we sincerely hope you will like our little market, which we’ve organized for this occasion. 

Where you can reach the foundation:

https://ageofhope.hu

https://www.facebook.com/ageofhopealapitvany/

Interview by Zsofi Kelemen, translated by Sara Raba

Participant of the Interview: Ákos Tóth

CEU decided to move to Vienna

Until December 1st, the university administration had set a deadline for the government to sign an international agreement guaranteeing CEU operations in Budapest. The decision to leave was not formally confirmed by the institution at that time, but an international press conference was announced for the afternoon of December 2nd. The government responded to RTL’s question by stating that they are not dealing with the university’s ultimatums. On the following Saturday, there were demonstrations at the CEU and protesters at Kossuth Square in Budapest symbolically buried the freedom of education.

On March 28, 2017, the government submitted an amendment to Parliament of the Higher Education Law. Though it would filter out foreign universities providing fake diplomas, it would make the operation of CEU, founded by George Soros, in Hungary impossible. The proposal requires two new conditions for the operation of CEU in Hungary: it has to have a campus in the US and it has to establish an intergovernmental agreement between the State of New York and Hungary which defines its activities.
 Thousands of leading economists, scholars, university profile political parties and 15 Nobel Prize winners have expressed opposition to the bill. Besides the US Embassy in Budapest, the US State Department also defended the university. On April 4, 2017, the parliament voted and passed the law urgently and the compliance deadlines were even shortened. On April 9, 2017, tens of thousands of people protested against the passing of the law. On April 26, 2017, the European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against Hungary, as the amendment may limit the EU principle and right, for the freedom to provision services. It was announced in October 2017 that CEU can carry out educational activities at the Bard College campus in New York, which can be used to meet the new requirements of the modified Education Law. On October 13, 2017, László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice, said that the law would be amended, so that CEU could receive a one-year extension to meet the new conditions.

The City of Vienna signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CEU on the establishment of a campus, wrote the APA Austrian News Agency. According to the announcement of the Vienna City Hall, the document expects the private university founded by George Soros to rent a historic building for 99 years. The CEU also promised to protect the building. After the signature, the memorandum of understanding will be submitted to the Cultural, Scientific and Sports Committee of the Vienna Municipality.
 According to the statement, by the end of September, Vienna would conclude a lease with CEU, which would start operating in the Austrian capital in the academic year 2022-23. Also included in the plans is an intermediate solution that would allow the institution to open its doors in the autumn of 2019.

Based on the articles  by: hvg.hu, index.hu

Written by: Kristof Kocs

Scribd vs. Audible

If you read a lot of books or listen to audiobooks, I’m sure you know Audible, but did you hear about Scribd? In this article, I’m going to try to compare these two services so you could decide which one is better for you.

First, let me tell you what Audible and Scribd really are. Audible is powered by Amazon—it works in a similar way Amazon’s book store works. There is a monthly membership fee of $15, which gives you one free downloadable title a month. If you finish your audio-book before the next month comes, you need to purchase if you want to listen to anything else. Anything you buy on credit or money could be swapped if you don’t like what you bought immediately, and every item you purchase will remain in your position, even if you cancel membership. Scribd, on the other hand, works roughly on the same principles as for example Netflix or Spotify. You have a monthly fee of $8.99 for which you have unlimited access to the full library of Scribd. You can download e-books, audiobooks, newspapers, sheet music…etc. as much as you want, but once you cancel your membership, you will have no more access to anything.

What do they offer?

Well, of course, Scribd cannot come close to competing with Amazon, though Audible and Scribd roughly have the same amount of audiobooks available, which is quite impressive. Scribd has an inventory of about a million titles. That is a lot, though Amazon has between 1 and 2 million titles. The variety of titles is easily won by Amazon and Audible, but think about it, Scribd still has 1 million titles available.

Price, which one is cheaper?

Scribd offers way more for roughly $9 instead of $11. Though I have to remind you that with Scribd you just borrow it, like Netflix, once you don’t pay, your access is gone, but with Audible, if you buy something it’s yours forever. However, with the monthly fee of 11$ only one title can be downloaded, the rest need to be bought with extra credit. Is it enough for you to just borrow your reading material?

My personal opinion for you though is, both Scribd and Audible have a 30-day free trial, go and try it, and decide for yourself.

-By Mark Torocsik

(image courtesy of alswaimel.com)

Facial Surgery

Humankind is no stranger to self-destructive behavior. Every person, regardless of gender or culture, experiences insecurities about their appearance, which drive to dislike or even hate themselves. Some overcome self-doubt and grow confident with their face and body, but some remain unsatisfied with what stares back at them in the mirror. And some decide to do something about their appearance. Now, when it concerns your body, one can usually change that and mold it to resemble the desired physique by working out and eating healthy. However, when it comes to someone’s face or genetically inherited traits, people with the financial means to do so usually get plastic surgery. In 2017, 17.5 million plastic surgeries and cosmetic procedures were carried out in the USA alone.

Nowadays, the general consensus on plastic surgery is that it is alright to enhance your features because it is not a denial of self-love and acceptance. However, does this argument stand true? In many cases, it does not because it causes hatred not only toward oneself but also toward one’s culture and heritage. For example, women in Asia usually try to resemble Westerners. To achieve this goal, Chinese, Japanese and Korean girls receive several facial surgeries, including ones on the eyelids, cheeks, and jawlines. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 1,137,976 Japanese went under the knife in 2016, thus contributing 4.8% of the entirety of plastic surgeries in the world. It is not healthy nor just to promote the superiority of one race’s physical features over that of another.

Furthermore, it affects a young generation when they believe that what they observe on social media is the result of natural selection of traits. Most likely, it is either the product of a long, professional photoshoot– equipped with the right makeup, lighting and poses– or that of plastic surgery. For quite a while, many believed that Kylie Jenner’s lips were natural and that she just was good at “doing her lips.” Her full lips were so attainable to her audience that they started doing challenges to enlarge their lips. She then admitted to lip injections. Setting unrealistic beauty standards by lying about plastic surgery has a very negative effect on an audience’s self-esteem.

So, if someone is honest and outspoken about receiving plastic surgery, then the public can be conscious of imperfections made into perfection. This way, unrealistic beauty standards can be avoided because it is an acknowledged fact that it was reached artificially. However, when someone presents their features as natural when in truth they are the result of plastic surgery, an influenceable audience can be driven into dislike of their own bodies and faces. Promoting such an attitude is wrong, especially when it includes characteristics of a race.

By Nadine Szabo

(https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-statistics-reveal-the-shape-of-plastic-surgery
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(image courtesy of cosmopolitan.com)

iPad Pro 2018

’It’s all new, all screen, and all powerful. Completely redesigned and packed with our most advanced technology, it will make you rethink what iPad is capable of”

All new is one way to describe the latest iPad Pro. Apple has really outdone themselves. For the first time since the iPad Air, the tablet has been redesigned and it’s jaw dropping.

The tablet computer was taken back to the drawing board with little resemblance to its 2016 predecessor. The first thing that might stick out to your average Apple user, is the lack of a home button (*shocker*). Similarly to the latest of iPhones, it is equipped with Face ID instead of Touch ID, however with 360° functionality. This is handy for using it at any orientation, which is what it is intended for.

‘’The new all-new design means the iPad Pro is a magical piece of glass that does everything you need, any way you hold it.’’

And that it is, the new version sits at 247.6mm (H) x 178.5mm (W) x 5.9mm (T), compared to the previous dimensions of 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1 mm. Though the thickness was barely shaved off, it is quite impressive considering it weighs less than half a kilo.

‘’With new, intuitive gestures, getting around is simple’’

Following the violent amputation of the home button, a new interface was in dire need. It strongly resembles the one of the buttonless iPhones, without the distracting notch.

‘’The new Liquid Retina display goes from edge to edge. True-to-life colour and ProMotion technology make everything look gorgeous and feel responsive.’’

It may come as no surprise that it comes with an even sleeker display and Apple’s smartest and most powerful chip to this day, the A12X Bionic. It is said to be faster than 90% of laptops out there and paired with iOS 12 it’s an experience like no other. Users say it is snappy and responsive, as it should be in this day and age. The newest iPad Pro is even capable of running the full version of Adobe Photoshop CC.

‘’USB-C gives you a high-performance connection to accessories like an external display or camera.’’

The addition of a USB-C port came as a bit of a shock to some, but considering on what it can now do, it seems like an excellent choice. When editing videos, you can take them straight off your DSLR Camera and plug it into the device at hand, then if you like you can edit away, by even using a monitor as a secondary display. All of this can be done without the hassle of connecting it into a computer. It can even charge your own phone.

‘‘Apple Pencil now responds to your touch. With a double tap you can quickly change brushes or switch to the eraser, without interrupting your flow.’’

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The Apple Pencil has also come with a handful of new features and a mild redesign. It no longer plugs into the port to charge/pair, it magnetically attaches to the iPad for pairing and charging. A nifty feature that means you no longer have the inconvenience of a literal pencil sticking out of your device.

In conclusion, the Apple iPad, at $799.99 (not including accessories) comes at a hefty price, almost as much as some of the newer MacBooks, however, the device can replace a laptop. If you were to fully equip your device with the keyboard and the pencil (highly recommended), the starting price would be $1,107.00. To those who are comfortable with the lack of a full operating system, this would be an ideal choice. Also, to those who want something to pair with their desktop computer, it does it all at a very compact size.

All images were sourced from the Apple Website.

By James Cartwright

Give cold a chance, it’s actually good for you

There are many great things about winter. Christmas, ice-skating, hot chocolate—the list goes on. But when most of us are stuck inside bleak classrooms, looking out at muddy streets and grey skies, winter can seem endless and unbearable. Despite the lack of sunshine and rainbows outside right now, there are some hidden benefits of cold weather you may not even know about.

First off, the cold may be helping you sleep better. The body’s internal temperature goes through a natural course throughout a day, with your temperature being hottest in the early afternoon and coldest around bed-time. This is why sleeping in a colder environment can encourage falling into deeper sleep sooner. An added bonus of a cold environment is the increase of melatonin in the body, which is a hormone that fights aging!

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(sleepsugar.com)

Sleeping helps your under-eyes look brighter and less tired, but the cold has other benefits for your skin as well. Lower temperatures increase blood circulation, which can reduce facial swelling to make you look more chiseled and less puffy. This can make you look more mature. In contrast, the cold reacts with the blood vessels in your cheeks to give you that classic rosy-cheeked look, which can make you look more healthy and youthful. Chiseled yet youthful, truly the epitome of facial beauty standards.

Cool temperatures help you look good, but would you believe me if I told you they also help you feel good? During the winter months, cortisol, a hormone linked to stress, is found to be lower in your body. This leads to a drop in reported acts of crime and violence in colder times of the year.

The bottom line is, while brown snow is disgusting, and suffocating in a scarf isn’t fun, you have to remember to appreciate winter instead of resenting it. Also, while you’re waiting for spring to arrive, you can admire your youthful looking skin and your stress-free peers.

By Sara Raba

(Featured image from: histyle.ie)

Will you do it?

It’s another day. You’re sitting in your bedroom, trying to make one of the hardest choices there are. Trying to make the choice that you, your friends, your classmates and your peers have been struggling with for so very long. “Should I do my homework, or should I play video games?”. You know that you are officially supposed to study, but who cares? The teacher will probably not even check the homework. He never does. Why would he check it tomorrow? He didn’t check it the day before, so why would he check it the day after? You can probably get away with it, you have done it before. “It won’t be a problem” is what you keep telling yourself. You will probably have a better time spending your free time in front of that so very thrilling, exhilarating and highly inspirational computer screen, right?

No, not today. Today you got back that difficult history test you wrote last week, and you got the best grade in your class. The teacher even congratulated you for the progress you have made. You’re in for a change. Today, you decide you will do your homework; you want to see what happens, maybe it’s not that bad. After all, studying for that history test did really pay off in the end. You’re motivated. You sit down, you grab your bag, you solve that math equation, you write that English essay, you learn that business analysing technique. It’s late. You’re done with the homework. Time to go to bed.

Wake up, it’s the next day. Yesterday’s studying session sure was difficult, but you pulled it through. It’s a new day, yesterday’s studying doesn’t affect your mood anymore. You eat your breakfast, get your things ready, brush your teeth and go to school as normal. You get to class, ready to apologize for being late, you were waiting at the bus stop for 15 minutes! You’re about to walk through that door, when you see that your friend is trying to warn you about something. You’re trying to read her lips. “Leave, leave! He’s checking the homework”. Have you ever been so happy that the teacher decided to check the homework? You smile, you walk through the door, and take a sit next to your friend.

Are you out of your mind? I told you he’s checking the homework!

Yes, he is. But you came prepared, you have nothing to worry about. You show your homework to the teacher. He looks at you, nods and says he wants to see you after class. What would he possibly want? You didn’t do anything wrong. Every time a teacher wants to talk to you can mean nothing but bad news. Maybe if you pay attention in today’s lesson he will go easy on you, and so you do.

It’s the end of the class. You try to leave, but the teacher stops you. He still wants to talk to you? Yes, yes he does. So you wait for everyone to leave, and stay alone with him. But he doesn’t say that you need to keep up with the lessons. He doesn’t say that you will fail the finals. He doesn’t even say anything about you being late for class today. No, he simply smiles at you and congratulates you. You’ve really been putting some effort lately. Your marks are only getting better. You aced that history test you wrote last week, you did your homework for every lesson today, and you’ve been paying attention in class? He sees something growing in you, and now you see too.

You leave the classroom. Well, that sure went better than expected. You go home, hug your mom, hug your dad, eat your food, and you’re back to your room. “Hmm, I think I’ll do my homework today”. And so you do. And it wasn’t even that bad. Today doing your homework was easier than yesterday. And tomorrow it will be easier than it was today. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a routine out of it. After all, you did have some free time to play video games in the end.

Wake up, it’s the next day. Yesterday’s studying session sure was difficult, but you pulled it through. It’s a new day, yesterday’s studying doesn’t affect your mood anymore. You eat your breakfast, get your things ready, brush your teeth and go to school as normal. Everyone seems to be impressed by your progress. You’re finally getting some recognition for your efforts. And you realize why you haven’t for so long been getting any recognition. Because you made no efforts. But now you do. And it doesn’t feel like a burden, not at all. In fact, it feels like redemption. You finally made a difference. “At this pace, you’ll ace the finals!” says your teacher.

But wait, wait a second. You’re still standing in your room, an hour later. You still have to solve that math equation, you still have to write that English essay, and you have yet to learn that business analysing technique. You still have the choice to do your homework. You still have the choice to try.

Will you do it?

By Matt Pelekis

Teacher interview with Ms Alexandra

 

  • What was your dream job when you were little?

 

I had a lot. ☺ First, I wanted to be a lawyer. Then, I think because of a movie or something I decided to be a heart surgeon. But my biggest dream was to become an Egyptologist, because the first time I studied about Ancient Egypt in primary school was like ‘love at first sight’. My favourite part was the 18th dynasty and of course Tutankhamun, so I read everything I could about him and I still remember a lot of things.

 

  • What was your favorite subject as a high school student?

 

Well, surprisingly Spanish. ☺ And Hungarian language and literature.

 

  • How did you get the nickname Gigi?? Who was the first to call you that?

 

According to my mother, I kept saying ‘gigi’ when I was a baby, so it became my nickname. And I really don’t know who was the first in the family to call me this, but possibly my grandmother.

 

  • What is your favorite Spanish word/expression?

 

Good question. I don’t think I could choose, I love all of them. But if I had to say one, it would be la burbuja. It means… okay, I won’t tell you, find it out, but please use wordreference.com, not Google Translator or SpanishDict. ☺

 

  • Do you have a favorite book? (Or movie) what is it?

 

Again it’s difficult to choose. I love Argentinian literature; one of my favourite writers is Jorge Luis Borges. I love all of his short stories and basically everything he wrote. I also love detective stories, which is the topic of my PhD work as well. So I read Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe and a lot more. And of course fantasy: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter…etc

When it comes to movies I love every Marvel film, and series like Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who.

 

  • Which fictional character would be the most interesting to meet in real life?

 

The Doctor from Doctor Who. Especially the 11th Doctor. ☺

 

  • What’s the best type of cheese?

 

All the types. I love cheese!

 

  • Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?

 

I think I’d choose teleport, so when the weather is too cold I could instantly go to Spain, Andalusia to drink a tinto de verano on the beach. ☺

 

  • What is the one question you wish you knew the answer to?

 

How my future will look like? Will I reach all my goals in life?

 

  • If your day was 36 hours long, what new habit would you pick up, or do more?

 

Sleep more, study more Italian, then Portuguese, then French, and read more. And, I don’t know, maybe I’d go to dance lessons as well.

 

  • What’s invisible but you wish people could see?

 

Each other. I mean, if you travel by public transport or just simply walk on a street you see that nobody really cares about the others: they push you over, they care only about themselves to catch the tram, to get what they want… It would be nice to see more caring people interested in not just the clothes, the type of smartphone or whatever else the others have, but rather the way someone feels or the way we could help each other, even in the case of a complete stranger.

 

  • What is your motto in life? Or favorite quote?

 

My favourite quote, or it can also be a motto, is from a poem of a Spanish poet Antonio Machado: “Caminante, no hay camino,/ se hace camino al andar./ Al andar se hace el camino,/y al volver la vista atrás/se ve la senda que nunca/se ha de volver a pisar.” It means that you’re the only one who can do something in your own life, you’re a walker who makes the road. You’re the one who can make your dreams come true.

 

  • What is the most relaxing place you’ve ever been to?

 

Valencia, a city in Spain: I love the beach, the streets, and everything there.

 

  • If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?

 

I think I would still prefer to be a teacher. ☺ Or an Egyptologist.

 

  • What is your idea of happiness?

 

To be with or close to the people you love, to spend time with them. To have pets, especially a cat, because cats are the best. ☺ To find those you feel comfortable and happy around, people who you can count on and trust. To belong somewhere!

It’s also very important to do what you like and to have a hobby or some kind of activity you do which is different from your job.

Laugh, eat, travel, read a lot and be curious!  

By Jeanette Abdelmalek