Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

17 January 2022 - 18 January 2022

Kenya prospers, Hungary helps

Many people know Kenya for its national parks, elephant herds, lions and rich wildlife. Those who have been here will remember the towering palm trees, the thrill of the safari parks, or the atmosphere of Karen Blixen House (a museum dedicated to the author of the book “I Had a Farm in Africa”). The most profound experience for me was the visit to Kangemi, a slum in Nairobi, where the Church of St Joseph the Worker and the Technical Training Centre stand among the tiny huts made of corrugated iron sheets. Young priests, experts and teachers told us about the construction, their plans and the improvements they have been able to make with the help of the Hungary Helps Programme. When Csaba Böjte - who, like me, is a a goodwill ambassador trying to spread the word about the Hungary Helps humanitarian programme - visited the church earlier, he said that it is easier to find God where there is more vulnerability and less possessions. It's as if poorer people can often live with a more grateful heart than the affluent. This was my experience during my days in Kenya. I am proud of Hungary for the support she lends to help Kenyans realise their dreams: by building and equipping a school, a hospital or a church building.