Hungary / Romania from Melanie

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Reports from Nyirbeltek, Bag, and Hadjunannas, Hungary.
. I’ve had an amazing time with the 3 football coaches that came out with me on this trip. 100s of children came out to be taught how to play. Many came with flip-flops. We took out football strips, and trainers, and football shoes. Everyone was so delighted, and the London Football Club of Black Stone FC, are now going to couple up with the village of Nyirbeltek on the Hungarian Romanian Border, and we hope build up a relationship, that will bring out lots of talent, and build up hope for the Gypsy people of this region. Letting them know, that we care, and and are willing to do something to make a difference.

Melanie and team, my Grand daughter Kizzy came with us, and she put such an input into the lives of the youth, and every one she met.

Because of our complaints to the Human Rights in Budapest, the 35 Roma families have been re-housed. They were threatened with eviction, on 17 July, from their humble dwellings, with out being given another place to live. There were 83 men women and young children, that would have been left out on the side of the road. Because of this action, and a spotlight from the West being shone on them, the local Hadjunnanas Government re-housed them in some lovely flats, and gave them all jobs as road sweepers, and pepper pickers.

The very poor people of Bag, looked tanned and plump, as they enjoy the Summer Sunshine and the cherry soup, as this is the season for picking cherries. I saw a lovely air of hope and a glimmer of joy, in their lives. Winter can tell another story, but they welcomed us with open arms, and set some bottles of pop, and biscuits before us, all they had. We left money for food, and clothes for the children. Little Melanie is growing fast, but she’s still tiny, and a little weary of me. She’s so beautiful, as are the hearts of the folk in this tiny little village under the Mountain
I’m off to Devon and Cornwall, and then back out to Hungary and Romania to the children