FrieslandCampina Hungária supports work of Interchurch Aid with HUF 20 mln

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Kristóf Gáncs and Péter Szautner

FrieslandCampina Hungária and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid have announced a four-year strategic partnership agreement. The manufacturer of Pöttyös Túró Rudi and Milli dairy products will support the work of the organization with a total of HUF 20 million, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

As a result of the strategic cooperation, the first summer camp for needy students in Debrecen was launched at the end of July.

There are 125,000 children living in extreme poverty in Hungary and around 300,000 children at risk of poverty. Their situation has been exacerbated by the epidemic and the digital education of last and this school year. And they are the ones for whom the charity launched its "Kapaszkodó" program years ago, with FriesladCampina Hungária now joining in with this strategic agreement. The camps provide recreation and a real community experience, but the charity's staff also place a strong emphasis on catching up with students who have been left behind by the epidemic. The Interchurch Aud organizes day and boarding camps in different parts of the country, where in total around a thousand children in difficulty are given the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing holiday and catch up on their studies.

"We attach great importance to supporting disadvantaged children. We are proud to be a strategic partner of one of Hungary's largest and internationally renowned charities, and to contribute to the development and happiness of children in need," Péter Szautner, CEO of FrieslandCampina Hungária, said.

In spring 2020, the company contacted Interchurch Aid and several local charities to donate a digital literacy tool for children from disadvantaged families to those most in need. Last May, the company donated 228 new tablets to ensure that students do not miss out on digital education without a suitable device. Building on the success of the campaign, the company and the Interchurch Aid have now strengthened their partnership to continue their work together through a strategic agreement.

"To help disadvantaged children to catch up, long-term professional work is needed, often involving regular sessions lasting several years. And this is made possible by partners who also think in terms of long-term social commitment. The arrival of a new strategic partner is therefore a real celebration in the life of the OED. We welcome FrieslandCampina Hungaria into the Aid's closest community of partners, and we appreciate and thank them very much for their honorable trust," Kristóf Gáncs, director of communications at Hungarian Interchurch Aid, said about the agreement

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