Digital Inclusion Fund: applications open for people in need, sponsors

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Yettel Hungary corporate communications director Attila Mészáros with a young Digital Inclusion Fund applicant and his mother.

Digital devices have already been handed over to several people in need, thanks to the Digital Inclusion Fund, launched to support the digital inclusion of socially deprived people, which is continuously open and aimed at improving participation in digitalization.

Launched last December by Yettel and the Hungarian Red Cross, the fund is open to applications for state-of-the-art devices - mobile phones, tablets, laptops - and software. The fund continues to welcome support from companies and individuals, as well as from socially vulnerable individuals and institutions.

The fund is open on a continuous basis until the annual budget is exhausted, and applications are assessed on a monthly basis.
 
So far, applications have been received from all over the country, including Tolna, Veszprém, and Zala Counties, mostly from social institutions and child welfare services, as well as from family transition homes and associations for people with reduced mobility. More than half of the applicants (55%) applied for a laptop, around a third (33%) for a tablet, and 10% for a mobile phone. The equipment was distributed to the beneficiaries after a peer review.

Among those who have applied so far is an eight-year-old child from a village in Zala county who has undergone a bone marrow transplant and is missing out on school because of constant hospital treatment, so a laptop is essential to keep up with classmates and to stay on top of his studies.
 
The fund is always open and accepting donations, with an average of HUF 12,000-13,000 per contribution so far. To ensure sustainable funding, the founders, the Hungarian Red Cross and Yettel Hungary are looking for additional donors. Last year, Yettel donated HUF 50 million to the Digital Inclusion Fund.
 
In its first year, the fund focuses primarily and especially on children and young people who are in specialized child protection care, and also on those living in transition homes for families.

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