A unique refuge for single parents

The recently opened Single Parent Center has become a refuge from loneliness for many Hungarian parents who felt excluded by society. The founder’s dream is to export the project to other European countries.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
A unique refuge for single parents

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Why this story matters:

One would think that, in 2018, being a single parent is completely accepted by all levels of society. But it's not that straightforward: single parents in Hungary still experience exclusion and stigmatization on an daily basis.

Many single parents find isolation worse than financial troubles.

Raising a child alone is already challenging but the added emotional burden often results in loneliness.

The Single Parent Center is a unique space created to offer resources to single parents. They can talk to a counselor or have a business meeting: it all depends on their needs. The main goal is to build a strong community whose members can rely on each other.

“Since I started to go to the center I don’t feel alone anymore… for the first time I feel that I belong somewhere” -- confessed a single mother raising a 6-year-old girl.

Details from the story:

  • Before opening the center, the founders conducted a survey: 64 per cent of the respondents (all single parents) said that isolation was worse than going through financial hardship.
  • Anna Nagy, president of Single Parents’ Club Foundation, told Nepszava that the most important requirement for the center was to find an open and transparent space so that anyone can walk in, even from the street.
  • The center has a co-working space and meeting rooms where parents can work or have meetings. Their children can play in the indoor playground.
  • Most of the services (counseling, tutoring for children, coffee, etc.) have a reduced price or are free. 
  • Anna Nagy is a former journalist and an ex-spokesperson of the second Orban-government (from 2010).
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