President Katalin Novák opened a new building of the Gemma centre for children and young people with disabilities in Szeged, in southern Hungary, on Wednesday.
“A disease is a burden, but a child is a gift,” Novák said in her opening speech. Addressing parents at the ceremony, the president said “we cannot bear your burden, but we are here and could be of help”. Novák cited passages in the constitution aimed at protecting human life from conception, and said “let us take that seriously; let us actually protect life from the moment of conception… let us be there all along, standing by human life… both when it is not so obvious that we are not perfect, and when imperfections are more manifest”. The project, using a budget of 500 million forints (EUR 1.2m), has increased the Gemma complex to 1,400 square metres. Ninety-one children study in its primary school, while another 40 youth go to its day-care facility.