We are the guests of the Jaibhim Community Ambedkar School www.jaibhim.hu and www.ambedkar.hu - the same organisation coincidentally Tina worked with in India 10 years ago. This Buddhist community runs the school for Roma in Sajokasa and is currently looking for native English speakers to teach - not a huge salary but job satisfaction guaranteed!
The school is named after Dr B R Ambedkar (1891-1956) Dalit, political leader, activist, philosopher, anthropologist, revolutionary, and revivalist of Buddhism in India. He was also the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and one of the first 'untouchables' to obtain a college education achieving multiple doctorates from Columbia University.
Andras, Terez's youngest son, with the Gypsy flag at the community centre entrance.
Dr B R Ambedkar
We are parked up in the back yard of the community centre (best campsite yet) sharing the facilities with the teachers.
Terez, whom we first met on a rainy afternoon last September on our research trip is taking care of us again! She graduated from the school this year with much celebrating - see the video on the website www.ambedkar.hu
Judit - one of the teachers 'cooking up a storm'
Szuszi can be here only part time and brings Gergely, a young film maker from Budapest to make a film about us making our 'photographies' in the settlement for an internet news site.
This is Ilona Lakatos, a student of English, together we wrote an article for the community website homepage www.ambedkar.hu.
Laszlo Gal demolishing the old building single handed!
photo: Ilona Lakatos
As well as running several schools the centre has organised a new project with unemployed men - a bricklaying course started this week. In the grounds of the community centre is an old, unsafe outbuilding (white building in foreground minus its asbestos roof which was removed very carefully earlier in the week)- the project is to demolish it and rebuild it with brick.