Reform Fund Linked to the
Inclusion of Roma and other Vulnerable Groups

Caritas Consortium

Improvement of the living conditions of Roma and Romanians in socially difficult living conditions in the region of Satu Mare and Maramureș is a project implemented by a Consortium led by Caritas Switzerland and aims to improve the living conditions of Roma and other vulnerable groups by organising activities in areas such as education, health and community development.

The project entitled "Improvement of the living conditions of Roma and Romanians in socially difficult living conditions in the region of Satu Mare and Maramures" is a project implemented by Caritas Satu Mare in partnership with CRCR Foundation (Resource Center for Roma Communities) in Cluj Napoca. The project aims at a sustainable improvement of the living conditions and future perspectives of beneficiaries through facilitating access to health and education. Caritas will work through three faz centers in Ardud, Baia Mare and Turulung.

Localities

Maramureş: Baia Mare, neighbourhoods Craica and Tudor Arghezi;
Satu Mare: Turulung, Ardud.

After the 2016 extension, the community development and/or early education components are implemented in new localities such as:

Satu Mare: Micula, Rătești, Ghirișa, Acâș, Mihaieni, Tiream, Odoreu, Săcășeni, Tășnad, Sărăuad, Lazuri, Hrip, Livada, Poiana Codrului, Sanislău, Vetiș, Oar, Peleș, Pelișor
Maramureș: Baia Mare (Cuprom and Horea Roma communities)

Objectives

1. Roma from Ardud, Turulung and Baia Mare (Craica and Vasile Alecsandri neighbourhoods) have increased access to education and as a consequence to the regular job market.

2. Reduction of the vulnerability concerning health risks of members of Roma communities in Ardud, Baia Mare and Turulung.

3. The quality of education and health programs for the members of the three project communities is improved and the knowledge on best practices ensured.

The project has a duration of 4 and 1/2 years and the total investment amounts to CHF 3.773.709. 


Achieved results in 2015

Education: 125 children benefited from kindergarten activities, and 253 children were enrolled to after-school classes.

Health: Access to health services has been improved for the members of all three project communities. Over 240 individual counselling sessions were offered. About 60 women were accompanied to medical specialist in order to prevent specific diseases and 42 pregnant women were monitored by a physician and health mediator. 31 new born were monitored by medical assistant and health mediator; all children attending the centres are checked regularly for health problems.

Empowerment: Groups have been formed in all three project locations;. Issues that have been addressed during the work of the groups were: the electricity system has been extended into the Roma community and there is public light on the main streets in one community, families now having the possibility to sign contracts with the electricity provider in order to have electricity in their houses; 9 access bridges have been repaired in another community; the group undertook efforts to clean the riverbanks of a nearby river and build sidewalks for the third community.

Achieved results in 2014

Education: 114 children benefited from kindergarten activities and 200 school children of after-school programmes

Health: 2 health mediators trained in two localities.

Community development: 2 initiative groups with a total of 18 members out of formal and informal leaders created, the process is ongoing in another community.