Hungary, Catholics to support education of refugee children in Middle East
Budapest, May 23 (MTI) – The government will provide 120 million forints (EUR 380,000) and the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK) an additional 85 million forints for the education of child refugees living in the Middle East, Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog and MKPK head András Veres said at a joint press conference on Monday.
Balog said the donation will be sent to Jordan, northern Iraq and Lebanon to support the Christian communities and other persecuted religious minorities living there as refugees. The annual cost of education for a child is nearly 300,000 forints, he added.
Veres said that the funds from the Catholic Church had been collected through a campaign in churches in January, launched in the wake of a call from bishops in Syria and Iraq to help refugees stay at the closest safe location to their homes.