Messzelátó Association is a small environmental NGO promoting sustainable urban lifestyle and volunteering, based in Budapest, Hungary. We are organising practical workshops on environmental friendly urban lifestyle and coordinating volunteer projects locally and internationally with our 4 staff members and yearly more than 100 volunteers.
Some examples of our activities from the past year:
• Eco printing – textile painting workshop with natural ingredients
• Living library on volunteering
• Clothes swap
• International trainings
• EVS info days and presentations etc.
Please read our call for participants of 2016.
Imagine the MagNet bankers are so cool that they are donating 10% of their profit they earn to 80 NGOs. So, practically the clients can choose which organization the bank should donate their money to. We are very lucky this year because we have been selected as one of the 80 organizations. We would be thankful if you can help us to receive this great donation. For you, it is only going to take 3 minutes which will enable us to continue our work and carry on our mission.
The donation as easy as falling off of a log. The MagNet clients receive a letter with a code. Look up Messzelató among the list of all the other organizations and register your code for us. You can also find out our code on Magnet bank (https://www.netbank.hu/kap2015) in the KAP menu.
You can learn more about KAP here:
Strawberries are growing, cherry and all the other yummy fruits and vegetables are on their way to your table. Would you like to preserve this abundance for wintertime? You can easily make your very own solar dryer from beer cans for your balcony or garden, all you have to do is to follow our guide.
An urban garden party is even cooler with your own home baked bread. It takes only a couple of days to make your own clay oven if you follow our guide and you can start baking bread right away.
Community initiatives and good examples of fundraising in the US presentation at the National Meeting of Green NGOs 2015.04.252015. April 22., admin
The National Meeting of Environmental and Nature Protection NGOs. is being held in Tokaj at the weekend.
Various exciting programs and talks will take place during the event.
You can also listen to Kati’s presentation, " Community initiatives and good examples of fundraising in the US" from 12am on Saturday. As some of you may already know, Kati participated in a 4 months grants program in the US last summer. During this time, she was working for an NGO called Victory Garden Initiative and learned plenty of things from them, such as how to organize fundraising garden parties.
You are going to come listen to her, aren’t you?
Do you also believe the urban legend that climbing plants destroy the wall? Well, it is not exactly so. In summer, vines growing on walls can lower the temperature of rooms in the covered building with up to 2-4 degrees Celsius; evergreens can also do this in winter: the air between the plant and the wall can reduce the need for heating with 5-6%.
Join our earth day action and plant vines on the 22nd of April somewhere in the city! We have some sort of guerilla action in mind, precisely, to go plant near abandoned walls and fences. We have already collected a bunch of ivy seeds and sprouts as well!
How can you join in?
Recommend us places where you think it would be worth to plant, or just start growing plants yourself and plant them on Earth Day or any other day of the year.
For how long?
Do you want to go on an EVS but have no idea how to start?
Or are you still thinking if you should go?
Come and hear all the important information about European Voluntary Service and ask former Hungarian volunteers at our informal EVS info session. This session is part of Magnet Community House’s regular Tuesday programs.
Please registrate for the program here!
Messzelátó is starting April with a new EVS info session, this time at CEU.
If you are interested, send an e-mail to Kata and let her know!
Her e-mail address: kata (dot) no1 (at) gmail (dot) com, deadline is 30th of March, midnight.
Date and time: 1st of April 2015 from 5.30 PM
Location: Central European University, Bp, district V., Nádor street 9, room Gellner (103)
The info session will be held in English. Bring your notebook and a pen! :)
In frame of CiVilla programs, NGOs committed to widely spreading culture, social responsibility and making city life more liveable can represent themselves in Villa Barabás.
Now it is turn of Messzelátó Egyesület.
Children as well as adults can play with handmade cards showing seasonal vegetables while they also hear about healthy diet and the advantage of consuming local, seasonal food.
At this first event of Civilla, you can try green smoothies and other tasteful seasonal dishes, and make a guess what they are made of!
Date&time: 9th of April 2015. from 6 PM
Place: Barabás Villa
We are looking forward to seeing you all!
"Can we still call it food?" - Answering the problems of the Food System originating in USA 2015.03.052015. March 24., admin
Last summer Kati took part in 4 month scholarship in USA. During that time she worked at the Victory Garden Initiative civil society organisation and learned a lot from them. On this occasion Kati talks about the initiatives that give answers to the problem of the Food System in Miilwaukee, Wisconsin.
Date 2015.03.05 7 pm
Detailed program itt!
Few days ago I watched a video about some Canadians who moved to a self-sufficient island. Can you imagine yourself living in such place? What is it that you could give up and what is it that you could not live without? On this Canadian (!) island many people use outdoor showers all year round. At the same time they do not have to live without the Internet, also the electricity question is solved with solar energy-even in this cold country. That may make us wonder what is it that we have to give up for more sustainable world, and what can be solved by modern technology? What do you think about this?
In this workshop, you can get to know how to make jewelleries and other articles for personal use out of inner tubes and chains of bicycles. Hungarian designer Réka Elekes show you the tools and tell you the secrets that enable you to create your own objects by yourself or with your friends. Each participants will also make two pieces of object (earring, keyring or bracelet) during the workshop.
Date and time: 18th of April 2015., from 3pm
Place: Messzelátó Office
Did you grow out or got bored with it, want to pass it on? Come and exchange!
In addition to usual stuff you can also exchange home grown seeds, plants and other useful garden tools.
Date: 1st of March 2015 3.00-6.00 pm
Location: Gólya Presszó és Közösségi Ház
Eco-friendly cleaning supplies with Messzelátó Egyesület 02.03.2015
Do you still remember our "Cheap and eco-conscious”! project from last year?
We arrived at the projekt last stage, that will take place in Hellóanyu! at the Community center.
Our program is ment especially for mothers disadvantaged at the labor market for whom the environment and health of their families is very important.
At the workshop we will prepare detergents and washing powder, that you can later take home with you!
We have good news: after a long time has passed you are able to transfer 1% of your tax to us!
By having your support we will have the chance to organize various fantastic programs for you this year, you will see.
In case you would like to help us in the 1% campaign, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thank you for supporting us!
Közös Lábos (Common Cauldron) is a community cooking event that takes place each Sunday at Szimpla Háztáji Piac (Szimpla Farmers' Market). In exchange for some donation, you can taste meals cooked by a different NGO each week at Szimpla Kert. This Sunday, it's Messzelátó's turn, and we'll prove that we're not only able to make soap but a delicious lunch as well.
Lunch is going to be ready around noon, but you may want to come earlier to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, flavoured cheese and other yummy stuff from primary producers.
Expect live music, children's activities and many delicious things!
Where: Szimpla kert, Budapest VII., Kazinczy utca 14.
When: 28/12/2014, from around noon
Facebook event here.
You can meet us on 16th December on a special occasion in Gólya Community House. We have prepared a number of programs for you, we will be happy to welcome all our volunteers and friends this evening.
Don't miss the chance, come and feel good!
What will happen:
- Summary of what we have achieved this year and what is planned for the next, informal chat.
- Christmas gift preaparation for the children of Bokréta Home Association. Before we go for the Christmas relax, we make presents for the children in need.
- Vegetable playground corner: everyone can try out the vegetable cards, memory game and vegetable twister and our scent riddle as well.
- We would like to thank you for the help of our volunteers with a small surprise:)
- Kati has returned from the United States, you can meet her there!
- Our EVS volunteer, Maria will leave for home at the end of the year, you can say goodbye to her.(
FB event can be found here.
On 18th December, Thursday a fabolous Slovakian evening will be organized in Gólya by our Slovakian volunteer, Sanyi.
You will have the chance to listen to the music of Makambo band, taste "bryndzové halušky" and talk about the current situation of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia.
Location: Gólya (Bókay János Street 40.)
The event is donation-based, we thank you for anything you can give.
Messzelátó Association with Gólya
Graphics were designed by the volunteers of Messzelátó and by Reciklista for the real eco-nomads. The motives are focusing on the topics of green household, selective waste collection and clothes-recycling.
If you are following the eco-conscious lifestyle (or would like to do that), come and print with us and show your T-shirt to the world!
This product is a special present for Christmas.
During the workshop you can learn all the tricks of the printing, in addition we will show you the simple techniques that can be done with just a few tools at home as well.
Spot: Gólya (Bókay János Street 40.)
There will be an exchange in Gólya on 7th December where you can swap T-shirt material suitable for pressing.
Date: 7th December on Sunday, 14:00–17:00. (During this time period you can arrive anytime. Printing of 2-3 T-shirts will take approx. 1 hour. One person can print a maximum of five T-shirts.)
Important! Printing can be done only on natural surface (cotton, viscose) on synthetic or mixed material you cannot. (2-5 % elasthan or other is still o.k.)
Financial contribution to the workshop is 2.500 Ft
Registration is needed, application to be done by filling out the application form.
Reopening our winter ice-cream store on 15th November with the occasion of
You might have thought that winter ice cream is the weird thing - a cheap scone filled with strange cocoa cream covered with some chocolate imitation, same we had on the "Kojak lollypop"- used to be sold next to the supermarket cashier? Well, yes, it was in our old, happy childhood...
But now we renewed the old-fashioned receipt and changed all the ingredients to healthy, seasonal flavours, like real chocolate:)
If you would like to sweaten that foggy, gloomy November day, come and join us! And how it becomes "Messzelátó-style"? By leaving out the hydrogenated vegetable fat, milk powder, flavour intensing stuff, and other additives. It is important that we purchase all ingredients from reliable, economic manufacturer resources.
Attention! We are continously testing the product in the office and it is incredibly delicious! It makes you addicitive! Don't miss it at all!
We are going to sell the ice cream in the street, possibly from bycle and we plan to carry some games for the non-consumers.
Date: 2014.11.15. 13:00–17:00 pm (as long as the supply lasts.)
Location: St. Gellért square
We have very good news and we are glad to share them with you! We successfully got into the best 12 applicants out of 100, so you can take a bid to us on 12th November at Civil Licit!
Civil Licit is an initiative when civil organizations offer their programs including environmental protection, equal opportunity in employment, health care, supporting handicaped, disabled people with and others CSR related fields for bid. These services "for sale" can be easily implemented into the corporate sustainable strategies and consider the operation process of the companies.
Those who are participating in Civil Licit do not give a sinlgle donation for the civil associations, but agree in a long-term, mutual beneficial cooperation.
The Messzelátó Team is offering Eco-Lunchbreak, a chain of practical workshops and a series of programs for bid. In this program employees of the partner company will aquire the knowledge in our Eco-Beauty Salon how to prepare natural lip balm, bath balls and eco-deodorant, also they will learn how to use the office paper waste and diverse seeds to make seed paper and how to paint it with natural colours, and last, but not least they can participate in a plant exchange in their office organized by us.