This profile was prepared when Péter Lázár was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
Peter Lazar's Dear House Project in the poorest region of Eastern Hungary provides a family atmosphere to gypsy children from disadvantaged and poor families. Children live all week in the dormitory attached to the school where they learn social and life skills as well as taking part in the educational program at the school. On the weekends, the children go home and begin to teach their parents what they have learned. As a result the parents are returning to school to finish 8th grade diplomas and the children are integrating themselves into normal secondary school classes.
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