Monday, 20 October 2008

Konped closes shop

Sad and bitter end to ambitious project in Hungary

Yesterday’s item on discussion forums mentioned that the Hungarian Konped Forum has closed, along with Konped itself.

Till recently the Hungarian organization Konped had a considerable web presence but as this was published exclusively in Hungarian few people outside Hungary knew of it. Now there remains the closing statement of its founder, Sándor Turi, at http://www.konped.hu/, and one sad 'souvenir'.

This, in English, is what he says:


Welcome to the website!

I would like to thank everyone who supported the programme professionally, or helped in fulfilling it. Unfortunately, during this time I was unsuccessful in finding financial support.

Over the past eighteen months we were able to connect with more than seven-hundred conductors, at least electronically. With my colleagues, through letters and questionnaires to conductors, we tried to find out what in their opinion would be needed and how best to set up our programme. Through various forums and organisations, we tried to contact parents, helpers and supporters, to find out how things might be improved and what changes would be worth making in the present situation.

EXCEPT FOR THE PETÕ INSTUTUTE AND THE HUNGARIAN CONDUCTORS' ASSOCIATION THAT REPRESENT AND PROTECT THE COMMON INTERESTS OF CONDUCTORS, THERE IS NO ORGANISATION TO REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF EITHER PARENTS OR INDIVIDUALS WHO BENEFIT FROM CONDUCTIVE UPBRINGING, APART FOR THE ONE FOR FOSTER PARENTS. IN THE WHOLE OF HUNGARY TODAY THERE IS NO ORGANIZATION WHERE CHLDREN AND THEIR PARENTS CAN GO TOGETHER TO ACCESS AN ADEQUATE GROUP PROGRAMME.

I acknowledge that we are in the wrong place and at the wrong time, because everybody says yes, there is need for a programme like this, but when offered the chance to participate in the programme, they did not want to be part of it.

I can count on the fingers of my two hands those who contributed professionally to creating the programme, and who recognized the potential of joining forces, and the need and possibility for change in the situation of conductors in Hungary. It is not the foreign route that will transforma our professional career.

I have to recognize one or two old sayings: ‘ONE SWALLOW DOTH NOT A SUMMER MAKE!' And the most important one: ‘YOU CANNOT HELP THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT HELPING!’

I have not given up but it is necessary to stop the programme now as professional and financial resources have run dry. I myself have sacrificed several million forints on the programme. I know we could have put more into it but ‘YOU CAN’T KEEP POURING WATER INTO A BOTTOMLESS BUCKET!’

If my strength and my material possibilities permit, I would like to continue realising of the programme but I do not now know when this might be. It is necessary to recharge the cash register and to find the team to undertake the mission unselfishly.


With respect,


Sándor Turi
Vácrátót
1 October 2008


Notes

All that is left on the Internet
http://www.konped.hu/
http://www.parkfalu.hu/wp/

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