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  • About Little Green Futures

    Little Green Futures


    In the 1970s, the Hungarian city of Ajka was a fast growing industrial city, home to many young families and children. As a result, many community institutions were built in accordance with the financial and technical capabilities of the era. The Little Greens Kindergarten was built in 1975.

    From the 1980s onwards, the economic situation has become increasingly difficult. The financial means of families and the local government are limited. The financial and technical conditions of Little Greens have continuously deteriorated since its construction.

    In October 2010, 1.6 million cubic meters of highly toxic red sludge escaped from a local aluminum factory, flooding villages and destroying buildings on the outskirts of the city of Ajka. This has been described as the worst industrial disaster in Hungarian history.

    News of the disaster caused a huge stir both in Hungary and abroad; from government agencies to private individuals, many rushed to help the victims. Financial support focused on the areas directly affected by the disaster while the public institutions of Ajka received less attention. This is unfortunate because these institutions play a significant role in providing support to the population of the neighboring villages directly affected by the red sludge.

    Due to the limited financial means of the local government, there is a vast discrepancy in the state of repair of the public institutions in Ajka and the rebuilt ones of the surrounding villages. This is perhaps most apparent in the case of the Little Greens Kindergarten, which teaches children from Ajka and the areas directly affected by the disaster.

    The kindergarten cannot expect any assistance from the company that operated the aluminum factory that caused the red sludge disaster, MAL Zrt (the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trading Company), as it is in liquidation.

    The Little Greens Kindergarten operates from an old building, which is in desperate need of renovation. Although the institution was built four decades ago, it has never undergone any significant renovation during its lifetime. The doors and windows, the water and heat insulation, and the water, heating and electrical systems are obsolete, while the furnishing is incomplete.

    In short, the future of the Little Greens Kindergarten is in jeopardy as it is at serious risk of being closed down.

    For this reason, having witnessed the extensive social cooperation prompted by the red sludge disaster, Júlia Ádám, a Hungarian national resident in New York City, decided to set up the Little Green Futures non-profit organization to save and renovate the Little Greens Kindergarten located in her birth town of Ajka.

    Prior to making her decision, the founder had visited the areas directly affected by the red sludge disaster and, much to her relief, concluded that the damage has already been largely remedied in those areas, thanks to the enormous amount of support received from the wider community.

    Based on extensive discussions with the mayor of Ajka, Mr. Béla Schwartz, her choice fell on the Little Greens Kindergarten as the institution currently most in need of help. The mayor of Ajka and the founder finally agreed on December 28, 2012 that the beneficiary of the non-profit organization would be the Little Greens Kindergarten.

    The Little Green Futures non-profit organization was founded by Júlia Ádám with a starting capital of US$5,000 and was registered as a non-profit organization in the registry of the Hungarian courts on March 8, 2013 under registration number 1667

    The organization's objective is to raise donations in the United States, Hungary and all around the world primarily in order to renovate and maintain the premises of the kindergarten, but also to build a safe outdoor play area, to provide IT equipment to assist and promote students' learning, and to establish the conditions necessary for teaching English as a second language. Little Green Futures is first and foremost seeking monetary donations but would also be grateful for in-kind donations and volunteer work.

    The governing body of the non-profit organization is the Board of Directors consisting of five members. The Chair of the board is the Principal of the entire network of six kindergartens located in the city of Ajka, including Little Greens. The Vice Chair is the Deputy Principal of Little Greens. Two members have joined the board from the parents' association and the final member is the founder.

    In addition to the Board of Directors and the parents' association, a worldwide network of volunteers, consisting of the founder’s university and professional contacts, assist in fundraising and achieving the aims of Little Green Futures.

    The Board of Directors of Little Green Futures


    Chair
    Csilla Ráczné Németh







    Vice Chair
    Steinbach Lászlóné







    Member
    Ildikó Németh-Antmann







    Member
    Szilvia Gáspárné Kiss







    Founding Member
    Júlia Ádám
  • About Little Green Futures

    Chair


    Csilla Ráczné Németh

    Csilla is the Principal of the Little Greens Kindergarten and has worked in this position since July 2011.

    Csilla qualified as a kindergarten teacher in 1992. She then undertook specialized training in special education with a focus on psychology in 2000. She has also obtained further qualifications, including in the administration of public education in 2010.

    Prior to her current role, she worked as a kindergarten teacher between 1985 and 1999, as the principal of a different kindergarten between 1999 and 2003 and as deputy principal of Little Greens between 2003 and 2011.

    Csilla has been living in Ajka for 14 years with her husband and two sons. In her free time, she likes gardening, hiking, reading and attending cultural events.

  • About Little Green Futures

    Vice Chair


    Steinbach Lászlóné

    Mrs. Steinbach has been the deputy principal of the Little Greens Kindergarten since July 2011. Previously, she worked as kindergarten teacher in a number of kindergartens and held numerous other leadership positions in addition to being a teacher. She is qualified as a special education teacher.

    She has been living in Ajka with her husband since 1979. Her daughter lives in Sopron and her son lives and works in the Netherlands. In her free time, she likes reading, gardening and, most importantly, spending time with her family.

  • About Little Green Futures

    Board Member


    Ildikó Németh-Antmann

    Ildikó is a chartered accountant, and has been working at Likvid-4 Kft since qualifying in 2002. She studied economics and accounting at university.

    Ildikó was born in Ajka and still lives there with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she tries to spend as much time as possible with her family.

  • About Little Green Futures

    Board Member


    Szilvia Gáspárné Kiss

    Szilvia joined Bourns Kft as a chemical engineer in Ajka, after graduating from university. She has been working and living in Ajka since 2005. She has two children, both of whom attend Little Greens. In her free time, she likes to do arts & crafts, ski, travel and read.

  • About Little Green Futures

    Founder and Board Member


    Júlia Ádám

    Julia is an MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Prior to HBS, she was an Associate at the Carlyle Group in New York. She was focused on U.S. buyout opportunities in the telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to joining Carlyle, Julia worked as an Analyst for three years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York. She worked in the Private Equity Group as well as in investment banking in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group. Julia received her B.S. in economics with a concentration in finance and a minor in French, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

    In addition to her native language of Hungarian, she speaks English, French and German.

    Julia was born in Ajka and grew up in Hungary. She went to the United States when she was 18. She currently lives in New York. In her free time, she likes to travel, ski and snowboard.

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    Name of Bank: Budapest Bank Zrt.
    Address of Bank: Hungary, 1138 Budapest, Váci út 193.
    SWIFT (BIC) Code: BUDAHUHB
    IBAN: HU56 1010 1133 3149 8300 0100 3008
    Account Holder: A Zöldikék Jövőjéért Alapítvány
    Address of Account Holder: Hungary, 8400 Ajka, Úttörő u. 1/A.

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  • Little Greens Kindergarten

    Quick Stats About The Little Greens Kindergarten


    - Little Greens is a kindergarten located on the outskirts of the city of Ajka in Hungary

    - It teaches 102 children aged 3 to 6 from Ajka and the villages surrounding it

    - 30% of the children come from disadvantaged families

    - 10% of the children are from minority backgrounds

    - 15 children have unemployed parents

    - 18% of the families cannot afford to pay the daily fee for meals, which is 337 HUF/day/child (approximately $1.50) for families with 1 or 2 children and 169 HUF/day/child (less than 75 cents) for families with 3 and more children.

    - Several of the children were directly and severely impacted by the toxic red sludge disaster, some children lost grandparents and/or their homes.

    Little Greens operates from an old building, which is in desperate need of renovation. The kindergarten was built in 1975 and has not been renovated since then. As a result, the building, the garden and the playground are extremely run-down. The doors and windows, the water and heat insulation, and the water, heating and electrical systems are obsolete, while the furnishing is incomplete.

    The rotten windows allow water to leak into the building and the walls are covered in mildew. As a result, respiratory tract illnesses are becoming increasingly prevalent. The poor state of the windows and the lack of adequate heat insulation mean that the building cannot be heated to an appropriate temperature in the winter.

    The proximity of the Little Greens Kindergarten to the red sludge reservoirs means that toxic dust is blown through the doors and windows into the classrooms creating environmentally unsafe conditions for the children and staff. Toxic dust is being generated in two ways: as a result of the top layers of the previously produced liquid highly toxic alkaline red sludge drying and as a result of the "dry methodology" to which the aluminum manufacturing process moved following the red sludge disaster. As the wind is able to carry the resulting toxic dust great distances, air pollution has increased, occasionally exceeding the permissible exposure thresholds and carrying significant health risks.

    The local government does not have the necessary funds to renovate the kindergarten and, therefore, Little Greens is at risk of being closed. However, closing the kindergarten would mean that the district and neighboring villages would lose their only kindergarten. Some families are afraid to enroll their children at Little Greens because of its uncertain future. Yet if the conditions were adequate, the Little Greens Kindergarten would have capacity to welcome more children and satisfy the great demand from both Ajka and the neighboring villages.



    Activities Of The Little Greens Kindergarten


    Despite the difficult conditions and limited financial means of the Little Greens Kindergarten, the dedicated teachers work very hard to provide a high standard of education. The Little Greens Kindergarten in Ajka, Hungary, is an institution which deserves all the support it can get (including, hopefully, yours!) to maintain the valuable work carried out by its staff.

    Little Greens belongs to a kindergarten network which was rated among the top 10 kindergartens in Hungary in terms of the quality of education in 2011 (as published in the education supplement of the Hungarian journal "Superbrands").

    Little Greens has been awarded the title of "Green Kindergarten" established by the Hungarian Ministries of the Environment and Water and of Education. This title, which it carries in its name, requires the kindergarten to fulfill a list of criteria associated with environmental consciousness. Children are taught to take responsibility for protecting the environment, healthy nutrition, selective management and use of waste products, and to be conscious of energy usage. The children are brought up to take an interest in nature and to love and protect it. These values are particularly relevant to the Little Greens Kindergarten as it is located in the proximity of the areas affected by the toxic red sludge disaster which caused, and continues to cause, harmful after-effects on human health and the environment.

    Little Greens also pays special attention to the varying abilities and needs of its children. Qualified special education teachers and physical education therapists provide personalized programs to children in need of special support, while gifted children benefit from special programs tailored to their talents. The kindergarten also provides additional support for disadvantaged children.

    Since 1998, Little Greens has been a member of the Waldorf kindergarten program which advocates a humanistic approach to education. This theory of education seeks to ensure the healthy development of children by building on their existing knowledge and experiences, while recognizing their varying physical, spiritual and mental needs. Little Greens strives to put this theory into practice in order to create a child-centered environment.


  • About the Red
    Sludge

    Red Sludge Disaster




     

    On October 4th 2010, 1.6 million cubic meters of highly toxic red sludge escaped from an aluminum factory, flooding villages and destroying buildings on the outskirts of the Hungarian city of Ajka. The dam of the reservoir, which contained the by-product of a process used during aluminum production, ruptured and the escaping red sludge covered 4000 hectares of land. The aluminum factory belongs to MAL Zrt (the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trading Company).

    This has been described as the worst industrial disaster in Hungarian history. The disaster caused 10 deaths and 406 injuries, of which 120 were serious. Numerous animals perished.

    Homes, kindergartens, schools and other community buildings were destroyed. The red sludge wiped out 363 buildings, the majority of which were residential.

    This disaster had some of the most serious ecological consequences in Hungarian history. The highly alkaline toxic red sludge soaked into the flooded areas, causing significant agricultural and environmental damage. More than 1 million cubic meters of contaminated waste were removed from the contaminated areas.

    The highly alkaline red sludge (of pH value 13) flowed into the Torna creek which streams across the disaster struck communities. As a result, the creek also became alkaline and all life in the creek died out.

    News of the disaster caused a huge stir both in Hungary and abroad; from government agencies to private individuals, many rushed to help the victims. Storage of the red sludge is now more secure, new homes and community buildings have been constructed and the environment has been rehabilitated. Nevertheless there is still a lot to do and many problems await solutions.


    Red Sludge


    Red sludge is the by-product of a process used during aluminum production (production of alumina as an intermediate product). When materials with aluminum content are extracted with the use of alkali from the raw material, bauxite, red sludge is formed from the remaining residue and the sodium hydroxide solution.

    The name is taken from its muddy texture and distinctive color, which is due to the ferrous oxide content of bauxite. Red sludge is dangerous because of the sodium hydroxide that it contains. The sodium hydroxide content of red sludge stored in Ajka is around 5-8%.

    Dried red sludge, which is a very fine powder, irritates the airways when inhaled and its alkalinity causes stronger irritation than in the case of normal dusts.

    Sodium hydroxide causes burns and may damage the eyes on contact. The reason for these burns is that when sodium hydroxide gets in contact with water (such as water in the skin), it produces heat. The heat generated may cause burn injuries.

  • Volunteers Around the World

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  • News & Events

    News and Events


    October 19, 2014


    Isabella Maluf will be running the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco as a fundraiser for the benefit of Little Green Futures.
    Click here to see her personal page






    May 4, 2014


    Congratulations to Andrei Vallejo Margarit for completing the North Face Endurance Challenge and raising $2,465 in support of Little Green Futures.







    May 17, 2014


    Congratulations to Debora Olsson for completing the Brooklyn Half Marathon (her 7th half marathon!) and raising $2,120 in support of Little Green Futures.







    March 1, 2014


    Little Greens hosted a fundraising ball at the kindergarten and raised HUF 230,000 ($1,030) in support of Little Green Futures.



    February 16, 2014


    Congratulations to Nicolas Blanchet for completing the Hong Kong Marathon Challenge in 3 hours and 56 minutes and raising $5,270 in support of Little Green Futures.







    December 2013


    Little Green Futures raised HUF 107,700 ($480) with a local government-sponsored booth at the Ajka Christmas Market.







    November 15, 2013


    Ildiko Toth hosted an art auction in Prague and raised CZK 6,500 (~$320) in support of Little Green Futures.







    September 15, 2013


    Congratulations to Dolores Ayarra for completing her first cross country race and raising $820 in support of Little Green Futures.







    September 15, 2013


    Congratulations to Julia Adam for completing her first cross country race and raising $5,025 in support of Little Green Futures.







    September 14, 2013


    Congratulations to Jiwoo Song and Brian Kim for completing the Urban Dare San Francisco 2013 race and finishing 40th out of 90 groups. They raised $420 in support of Little Green Futures.







    August 31, 2013


    Congratulations to Tijana Kulasinovic for completing the 2,800-meter race in Budapest, Hungary and raising $210 in support of Little Green Futures.







    August 24, 2013


    Congratulations to Erika McWhirter for completing the Utah Runner Girls 5K and raising $360 in support of Little Green Futures.







    August 10, 2013


    Congratulations to Mark and Chris Hunting for completing a 250 km bike ride in Cambridgeshire in less than 12 hours and raising GBP 695 in support of Little Green Futures.







    July 21, 2013


    Congratulations to Alberto Sevilla for completing the NYRR 5-Borough Series: Queens 10K and raising $470 in support of Little Green Futures.







    July 14, 2013


    Congratulations to Gergő, Dia and Péter for competing in the Hungarian Masters Kayak Championship in Szolnok (Hungary) and winning the silver medal. They raised EUR 390 in support of Little Green Futures.







    July 14, 2013


    Congratulations to Aniko Adam for completing the Surrey Badger Half Marathon and raising GBP 1,640 in support of Little Green Futures.







    July 6, 2013


    Congratulations to Amy for completing the "Run Richmond Park 5km" and raising $545 in support of Little Green Futures.







    April 20, 2013


    The National Honor Society of the American International School of Budapest spends the weekend at the kindergarten painting the fence See more pictures...






    December 28, 2012


    The Founder, Julia Adam, in final negotiations with the Mayor
    See more pictures...
  • News & Events

    April 20, 2013


    On April 19th and 20th, 2013, members of the National Honor Society of the American International School of Budapest (“AISB”) and their chaperones painted the fence surrounding the Little Greens Kindergarten in Ajka, Hungary, with the help of the kindergarten staff and parents.


    The AISB students and their chaperones arrived at the kindergarten in Ajka in Hungary after a 3-hour bus ride from the capital, Budapest. The 11 students represented 10 different countries from almost all the corners of the world.


    Some of the children of the Little Greens Kindergarten welcomed the international volunteers with an English language show and presents that they prepared themselves.


    The colors of the fence were chosen by the children. AISB fundraised close to $500 and used those funds to pay for most of the paint used by both them and the children's parents.


    Overall, there were 53 enthusiastic painters throughout the day. The attendees included the AISB students and chaperones, the Board members of Little Green Futures, volunteers, kindergarten staff, parents and friends.


    Mr László Dorner, the representative of the council of the city of Ajka also actively participated in the work. Additionally, he paid for the work utensils and for the volunteers' lunch.


    The children didn’t want to miss out on this great experience either.


    ...Neither did the work supervisor.


    The volunteers worked hard and painted all 210 meters (close to 700 feet) of fence!


    The poor state of the fence is apparent from the top of the fence...


    ...as well as from the gate.


    It wasn’t just all hard work all day long, the volunteers also had a lot of fun!


    Their hard work was visible everywhere, even on their t-shirts!


    The students even reproduced the logo of Little Green Futures with their own hands.


    While the students and other volunteers were painting the fence, some of the parents prepared lunch. They cooked traditional Hungarian dishes including Goulash soup, "pogácsa" (savory scones), crepes and "tocsni" (potato pancakes).


    The cooks were very successful, as the volunteers enjoyed the meal very much after a long day of hard work.


    After lunch, the volunteers rested in the sun.


    The masterpiece is ready! The AISB students and their French teacher and chaperone, Madame Fabiny, proudly stand in front of the freshly painted fence. Not only did they paint the fence, they also made new friends from the local community.


    Since the regulations require the fence to be painted twice, Little Green Futures’ next task is finding another similarly enthusiastic team who can complete the task. Please email us at info@littlegreenfutures.org if you are interested in taking on this task!


  • News & Events

    December 28, 2012


    Throughout 2012, Júlia Ádám, the founder of Little Green Futures, conducted extensive discussions and preparations with Mr Béla Schwartz, the mayor of Ajka, with the purpose of finding the institution with the greatest need for help.

    On December 28th 2012, Júlia Ádám, the founder of Little Green Futures, agreed with Mr Béla Schwartz, the mayor of Ajka, that the beneficiary of the non-profit organization would be the Little Greens Kindergarten.

  • News & Events

    Welcome to the Donation Page of Andrei


    On May 4, 2014, Andrei Vallejo Margarit will be running the North Face Endurance Challenge as a fundraiser for the benefit of Little Green Futures.

    Daniel Tredwell - $200

    Leo Biselman - $126

    Ayse Bezmen - $125

    Robert Cecot - $125

    Nermin Esen - $115

    Andrei Margarit - $100

    Stefan Sabo - $100

    Theo Farge - $100

    Thomas Canning - $100

    Annie Thurow - $100

    Joshua Livingstone - $100

    Tom Cassidy - $100

    Steven Lamb - $100

    Marina Staykova - $100

    Julia Adam - $100

    Sonya Li - $75

    Talin Bezmen - $50

    Serra Eken - $50

    Noah Weiss - $50

    Jonathan Lehman - $50

    Charles Miller - $50

    Julio A Vallejo - $50

    Dorina Maerean - $50

    Slavena Bardarova - $50

    Berin Bezmen - $40

    Hande Erfus - $40

    Sarah Iosifescu - $30

    Johanna Engel - $30

    Ruchi Desai - $20

    Hunter Paul - $20

    Eleonore Simon - $20

    Anonymous - $50

    Anonymous - $50


  • News & Events

    Welcome to the Donation Page of Isa


    On October 19, 2014, Isabella Maluf will be running the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco as a fundraiser for the benefit of Little Green Futures.

    Julia Adam - $100

    Sidhant Rao - $50

    Olayemi Oyebode - $50

    George Thampy - $50

    Alla Jacobs - $30

    Diana Siu - $30


  • Our Mission

    Our Mission


    Little Greens is a kindergarten located on the outskirts of the city of Ajka, in Hungary. It teaches 102 children aged 3 to 6, many of whom are from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds. Little Greens operates from an old building which is in desperate need of renovation.

    In October 2010, 1.6 million cubic meters of highly toxic red sludge escaped from a local aluminum factory, flooding villages and destroying buildings on the outskirts of the city, claiming 10 lives, injuring 406 people, and destroying 363 buildings most of which were residential. This has been described as the worst ecological disaster in Hungarian history. While much of the financial damage has been repaired, the children of Little Greens are still suffering.

    The poor state of repair of the kindergarten means that toxic dust from the local environment is blown into the classrooms where the children are taught creating an unhealthy learning environment. The kindergarten has not been renovated since it was built in 1975. There is little local government money to repair the Little Greens Kindergarten let alone provide these disadvantaged children with the tools they need for effective learning and development. In short, the future of the Little Greens Kindergarten is in serious jeopardy.

    Together we can save the Little Green Kindergarten! To this end, Júlia Ádám, a New York City resident born in Ajka, founded Little Green Futures, a non-profit organization, whose goal is to promote the development of the Little Greens Kindergarten.

    We hope to achieve our aims by:

    - renovating the premises of the kindergarten in a sustainable and maintainable manner,
    - providing IT equipment to assist and promote students' learning,
    - establishing the conditions necessary to teaching English as a second language,
    - sponsoring the disadvantaged children to improve social mobility,
    - acquiring teaching and sports equipment and toys,
    - constructing a safe outdoor play area,
    - building strong and co-operative relationships with other organizations.

    Little Greens Kindergarten and Little Green Futures really need your support. Please donate now and spread the word! Thank you!



    Words from the founder of Little Green Futures:


    "I would like to thank everyone who has selflessly helped to achieve the goals of Little Green Futures: First and foremost, Mr Béla Schwartz, the mayor of the city of Ajka; dr. Attila Várhelyi, pro bono lawyer; Mr Ákos Stiller, the photo reporter who has kindly provided us with pictures of the red sludge disaster on a pro bono basis; the pro bono members of the Board of Directors (the Chair, the Vice Chair, the accountant and the engineer); the outstanding staff of the kindergarten; and the volunteers covering all corners of the world."


    Júlia Ádám, founder and board member of Little Green Futures

Little Green Futures © 2013      Tax number: 18409088-1-19 

Little Green Futures is a non-profit organization registered under registration number 1667 in the registry of the Hungarian courts.