Romania

Norwegian Church Aid in Romania

  • Been there since: 2013 (also supported in 1956-1961, 1975-1983, 1989-1995, 1999)
  • Money spent in 2016: 1.8 million NOK

85 percent of Roma in Romania live below the poverty line, in very poor housing and under constant harassment. NCA works to improve their living conditions. We focus especially on the children, who need stability, education and social security in order to get out of the poverty trap their parents are trapped in.

Since 2016 NCA also focus on reducing anti-discrimination and strengthening community organization. 

The drop out rate from school is very high among Roma. In the project supported by NCA, children have the possibility to attend individual designed education programme to ease the reintroduction in the school system as soon as possible.
The drop out rate from school is very high among Roma. In the project supported by NCA, children have the possibility to attend individual designed education programme to ease the reintroduction in the school system as soon as possible.

Poverty is a great challenge in Romania, so great, in fact, that it is visible even on the streets of Norway. 85 percent of the Roma population in Romania lives beneath the national poverty line, and the Roma remains one of the most marginalised groups across the European continent. Many live segregated from the rest of society, experience constant harassment and discrimination and have little or no education. Only one in three adults is employed, and many children drop out of school.

Begging is a desperate solution that is not sustainable and does not contribute to achieving a better quality of life. There is broad political consensus that the best solution is to address the fundamental issues that causes begging, and through our local partner, Norwegian Church Aid takes the challenges of the Roma seriously.

Norwegian Church Aid want to reach even more people in Romania and we need your support.

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Our work

Norwegian Church Aid supports a community center for the poor in Roman, a town in the Romanian region of Moldova. The center has a comprehensive and integrated approach with a focus on education and job creation, social inclusion and health services. Experience shows that change can be created together with the poor, but it requires close cooperation and daily outreach support.

The center runs a kindergarten, a school, a health clinic, education for adults and outreach health and social services. We focus particularly on children, who need stability, education and safety in order to escape the poverty trap and become active citizens. Our long-term goal is to secure the Roma population access to public schooling and health services as well as the opportunity to engage politically at all levels in society.

In the town of Roman, the Roma population has been practically displaced to four disused barns housing a total of a 1,000 people, many of whom are children. They have very limited access to water and sanitation, but Norwegian Church Aid will contribute to providing access to clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene measures that will improve health conditions and prevent the spread of diseases. 

NCA also promotes diversity and tolerance towards Roma minority, promoting Roma history in schools and generating constructive dialogue with local authorities to solve the problems affecting the communities. The projects aims to raise awareness among teachers, students and citizens about holocaust, slavery and the contribution of the Roma to the society’s development. It provides information to fight prejudices and discrimination while raising self-esteem of Roma children.

Roma communities are trained to became active citizens,  building collaborative relationships between the members of different ethnic groups able to discuss with local authorities to solve the problems affecting their day by day life. 

Norwegian Church Aid want to reach even more people in Romania and we need your support.

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