Our Philosophy

Our Mission

By the power of unity, we provide effective assistance to those in distress and deprivation: we give food for the hungry, home for the homeless, chance for the chanceless.

How We Help

Without distinction: Assistance is provided in emergency situations regardless of gender, nationality, religion or ideology. 

Thoughtfully: While preparing our aid programs, we conduct thorough surveys, gather information, analyze the economic and socio-political situation of the given area and also consult with different NGOs, local governments, state and church organizations.

Hand in hand: Assistance is provided in close cooperation with those we help: we involve them in the process of problem solving thus enabling them to take an active part in resolving their difficulties. 

Transparently: Our work is submitted to continuous audit based on the strictest international standards and we provide regular reports on our activities (in the form of annual reports, project reports, reports on post-disaster assistance, detailed accounts). We hold ourselves accountable to both our beneficiaries and donors.

Together: Unity of the founding churches has grown into a continuously expanding community of experts, volunteers, donors and corporate partners who help those in distress and deprivation. In our work we strive to establish effective transnational and trans-sectoral partnerships both in Hungary and in the international arena. 

Innovatively: High priority is given to regular measurement and evaluation of the efficiency of our work, continuous rethinking of our activities, and development of new, innovative solutions.

Principles of Our Social and Development Work

 •    Our social and development activities aim at helping those who face an emergency, investigating the causes leading to emergency and providing personalized assistance to eradicate these causes as rapidly as possible.

•    It is important to involve beneficiaries to their abilities into the problem-solving process so that they can feel their own responsibility in managing the situation.

•    When shaping the various services, we focus on shortcomings that must be addressed in order to effectively promote reintegration of disadvantaged groups.

•    During our everyday work we consider it very important that management of a given problem is guided by systemic approach. In all cases we investigate the causes of the crisis in order to provide effective and personalized help. 

•    We strive to create a situation in which beneficiaries can preserve their independence and do not become dependent on aid. We do our best to enable beneficiaries to manage their own affairs and solve their problems alone. Crisis assistance and long-term care processes are separated in our everyday work. 

Principles of Our Humanitarian and International Development Activities (Code of Conduct)

•    The humanitarian imperative comes first.

•    Our work is characterized by impartiality, independence and neutrality. 

•    Aid is given without distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are calculated on the basis of need alone. 

•    Aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint. 

•    We shall endeavor not to act as instruments of government foreign policy. 

•    We shall respect local customs and culture. 

•    We do not perform missionary work. 

•    We shall attempt to build disaster response on local capacities. 

•    Ways shall be found to involve beneficiaries themselves in program implementation. 

•    Relief aid must strive to reduce future vulnerabilities to disaster as well as meeting basic needs.  

•    We hold ourselves accountable to both those we seek to assist and those from whom we accept resources. 

•    In our information, publicity and advertising activity, we shall recognize disaster victims as dignified human beings, not hopeless objects.