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About us


ADVANCE the Transcarpathian Advocacy and Development Centre was established on January 14th, 2000. The founders were: Swiss Interchurch Aid (HEKS), Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) and Ukrainian individuals. This was made with the aim to fulfill social, educational, and informative programming, that focus on the disadvantaged of whom face challenges with finding appropriate jobs.

For our organization, an open-minded and philanthropist way of thinking is characteristic. Our foundation endorsed those operating principals which were worked out by the International Red Cross and the Red Crescent (Code of Conduct) and which are supported by the UN and by the international aid Caritas.

Our programs:




The Citizens Advice Bureau was established, with the aim to provide free of charge legal aid services and social counseling for people in need.




The Perspective Educational Centre was established, and two of its courses have gained state accreditation: compute training and social work training.




Assistance to marginalized groups of the population, institution- and network building in Western-Europe.

Supporter: European Union, TACIS IBPP program. The results of this two-year program:

o       80 unemployed people have successfully finished the accredited computer-user course.

o       72 unemployed people have successfully finished the elementary computer studies course.

o       60 women have finished the modern housekeeping techniques course

o       The ACCORD Western-Ukrainian civil organization network was established, which occupies 20 civil organizations.


2007, 2008-2009


The assistance of local civil initatives

Suppotor: Bathori Foundation, Poland.

As the result of the program we have announced mini-grants for the assistance of local initiatives in Beregovo and in Beregovo district in 2008-2009. The aim of the project was to support such initiatives that aim to resolve social problems in Beregovo and in Beregovo district as well as to stimulate the development of the area with the alliance of local communities, local inhabitants, NGOs, and business representatives. During the two-year program thirteen local organizations and initiatives have gained support:

-                 The improvement of the working conditions of the local social worker (Bene, Csoma)

-                 Organizational development (Senior citizens’ Club of Beregovo, Roma Women Association, Organization of Disabled of Beregovo)

-                 Discharging barriers at institutions for PRM people (Mezőgecse)

-                 Rebuilding stadiums, playgrounds and  premises at schools/kindergartens (Jánosi, Gecse, Beregovo, Kaszony, Bakta, Zápszony, Csoma).




Cross-border cooperation program for civil organizations in relation with the UN Neighborhood Policy

Supporters: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungarian Republic, Hungarian Interchurch Aid.

During those conferences and trainings which were organized for the members of ACCORD (20), information was given regarding the neighborhood and partnership policy of the EU, the reasons of its establishment, its main parts, and the possibilities of international cooperation. Additionally, participants received practical training on how to prepare a project from the concept to the realization. In the frame of the project some of them traveled abroad with the aim of studying, during which they visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungarian Republic, local governments, and social institutions of social organizations.




Participation and role of Ukrainian civil organizations in the monitoring of the European Neighborhood Policy.
: APRODEV (Association of World Council of Churches related Development Organizations in Europe), Brussels.

A conference was held for members of 42 Ukrainian civil organizations and international experts. During this conference, discussions took place regarding the possibilities of the cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in the frame of the European Neighborhood Policy, as well as evaluation of the fulfillment of the 2007-2010 National Indicative Programs and the National Strategic Plan. The participants made suggestions and sent them to the European Committee.


Teaching EU entrepreneurship, ensuring the knowledge transfer for the Transcarpathian entrepreur.

Supporter: Corvinus University, Hungary

This training consisted of around 44 participations and among them were beginners as well as those who have small businesses. The individuals who participated in this training gained information about the entrepreneurial opportunities in the EU, the two sided Hungarian-Ukrainian cooperation, business, incorporation, and patent, project-writing, and project monitoring.


IDEA (Information Dissemination and Equal Access)

Supporter: PH International, Microsoft Unlimited Potential program

From December 2009, on the basis of ADVANCE, a qualified training centre was developed, which transacts computer studies trainings with the help of Microsoft professionals, who have worked out the training plan. 284 people participated in this training.


Roma rights in Ukraine, Access to Education

Supporter: US Embassy in Ukraine

The aim of the program, is to help roma children to finish their studies and provide continued assistance thereafter. More specifically, with the help of different groups or personal developing trainings, the aim is to assist Roma children with skills develoopment. Our partners working on the fulfillment of the program involve local and village schools, local governments, roma representatives as well as the workers of the social and educational departments of the town and of the district.




The assistance of foreign-policy public opinion and foreign-policy advocacy

Supporter: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungarian Republic, Hungarian Interchurch Aid.

The aim of the professional trainings, which were held in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and in Beregovo, was to supply information for the members of Ukrainian organizations regarding the principals of humanitarian work, its rules and terms, as well as about the operation of the European humanitarian organizations.


2010- 2011


Stay in School Initiative

Providing after school turtoring, mentorship and leadership training aimed to keep Roma youth engaged and motivated in attending school regularly. Our citizens Advice Buraeu worked to support Roma with legal counseling and docmuentation while providing anti-Xenophobia Seminsars for 360 non-Rom individuals.



2011- 2012


Training activities enabling job placement for the disadvantaged population in Beregovo and Miskolc

Supporter: European Union, HU-SK-RO-UA ENPI Cross-border Cooperation program.

The unemployed people of Beregovo and from Beregovo district, disabled people and people from the roma community can use educational and counseling services, which help their social integration and their chance to work.

The following services are given during the program:

·                Accredited computer studies training (750 lessons), expanded with basic Ukrainian (45 lessons) or an English language (35 lessons) course.

·                Housekeeper training with lifestyle management advices(72 lessons)

·                Waiter and cook training (3 months)

·                Free of charge legal and social counseling

·                Legal counseling


Our current programs


Supporting at-riask children in Beregovo

Supporter: World Childhood Foundation

Providing free after-school activities combined with group sessions with a psychologist and a social worker. This project also reaches out to parents with the goal to improve relationships between children, parents, and schools.


Integrated School in Yanoshi

Supporter: World Childhood Foundation

This project gives opportunities for students in the village school of Yanoshi (Beregovo district) to improve school attendance and academic achievements. Children are divided into small groups with both high-achieving and struggling students and are given certain roles and responsibilities. The model (Complex Instruction Program/CIP) was originally developed by Stanford University.