'Here is Terezia's letter - I've tried to translate it very exactly although is wasn't easy.' Judit
Dear Tina and Amari,
I'm writing this letter on the 19th January 2011 with love and with all the warmth of my heart. It's been a long time since we met that first time (September 2008) and your friendship touched me deeply. This friendship is a great happiness for me - I give thanks to God for this long-term and eternal friendship. Thank you for everything.
You know, in Hungary I havn't got any real friends (maybe only one) your kindness and respect makes me learn English: in the half-term exams I get good marks in English both written and oral.
Thank you for the photos - they prove our real friendship. I hope your honorific friendship will remain for a long time.
Greetings and kisses. I miss you and feel sorry that we can't communicate to each other because I can't speak English.
Bye, your friend
Terezia, Sajokaza July 2009
Terezia is the first Roma woman we met on our research trip to Hungary in September 2009. We could communicate only through gestures, the ceremony of coffee making and home-made cake, and the warmth and desire to be friends. She made us welcome and introduced us to her family in their impoverished home in the Solyom Settlemt in Sajokaza.
Terezia is one of the few adults in Sajokaza to have embraced the concept of education and learning as a tool for a better life. Supported by the Jai Bhim School she has won accolades for her achievements in reaching high school levels of attainment. She has also brought up four sons and a daughter single-handed since the premature death of her husband and is a member of the Sajokza Women's Commitee.
Terezia, Sajokaza September 2010