In the communities proposed as the location of the project, the economic and social disparities between the Roma population and the other ethnic groups are preserved and among the group members, gender equity is imbalanced.
The Roma are not fully accepted in the activities initiated by the other members of the community, they have reduced access to resources, employment and income-generating activities, and limited access to medical, social or educational services. Monthly in Mosna, a commune with 3,335 inhabitants, there are between 400 and 500 applications for social aid, filed almost entirely by Roma citizens.
The project will transform the inhabitants of four communes belonging to the Podisul Mediasului Local Action Group (GAL) in Sibiu County into active citizens, involved in the sustainable development of the community. Mosna commune was selected as leader of the consortium which also includes Bazna, Blajel and Hoghilag communes.
According to the assessments of the local leaders, 60% of the inhabitants of Mosna belong to the Roma minority. However, in the 2011 census only 12.59% of the citizens declared themselves Roma, belonging to this ethnic group being disregarded. According to official data, in Bazna the proportion of Roma is 28,45%, in Blajel 17,43% and in Hoghilag 24,26% .
At the end of the project we will see diminishing disparities and the status of Roma women will be improved.
The aim of the project is the sustainable and balanced development of the communities involved. Through active citizenship and involvement of all community’ members, the gaps between Roma and other members will be alleviated, and gender equity will be improved.
Poultry breeding is the trigger for big transformations, promoting participatory development processes, resulting in economic progress and harmonious relationship.
The project’s applicant will use poultry farming - raising poultry and egg laying hens - as a motivation for boosting the community. Participants will benefit from the transfer of know-how and new information; they will be engaged in poultry farming and this way ensuring food and income for their families.
This lucrative activity will attract the energy of the entire community, around it the social, economic, environmental, infrastructure and public policies being discussed, debated and improved for the well-being of the Roma beneficiaries of the project.
The main objectives are:
- 600 Roma people from Podisul Mediasului LAG, will learn new skills in poultry farming and will increase their revenues, while their social status and self-esteem will be improved.
- During the 36 months of the project, a number of 6000 women from 12 rural areas of Tarnava Mari basin, will be consulted through participatory methods regarding their needs and aspirations in advocacy actions, improving their position within their family and living society.
- By the end of the project, a best practices guide will be published and distributed. This guide will include the answers to the needs of vulnerable group, based on results registered during the project. Poultry farming being the engine of sustainable community development and harmonious coexistence.
Project implemented by Open Fields Foundation
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