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2016, 8 November
Simona and her children couldn’t have gone through another winter in the cottage they called home.   Touched by their dire situation, community members in Alesd had launched in October an intense campaign (“A home for Simona”) with the help of the ROMACT Team in N-W Romania. The city hall of Alesd also got involved, acting as intermediary with firms making donations in kind, and committing to financing the roof of the house once the rest is built up. Moreover, street and...
2016, 27 October
On 25 October 2016, during a public session in the Urban Center of the city, Ms Francesca Bottalico – Head of the Welfare Department of the Municipality of Bari - together with the ROMACT Support Team in Italy, presented the main measures included in the Local Action Plan for Roma Integration which will be forwarded to the local council for adoption in the coming days.   The document was described as “innovative” and an opportunity to “create sustainable welfare...
2016, 26 October
In the premises of the Council of Europe (CoE) office in Brussels, Valeriu Nicolae, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the CoE (SRSG) for Roma issues talked about ROMACT and ROMED as successful long-term programmes that bring about concrete results at local level: “We have more and more local administrations that want to work with us and develop plans for social inclusion of Roma, which is very much in line with the Framework Strategies for Roma inclusion.” real...
2016, 25 October
There is a marginalised neighborhood in your municipality.  What to do? "The ROMACT Handbook will assist you in improving the life of all citizens living in your municipality, including the Roma. It will help you in objectively assessing what needs to be done in your municipality, assist you in planning actions together with all those concerned, and show you how to translate these plans into concrete measures, and when needed - how to access and use EU and other funding for that...
2016, 17 October
The Romanian Government has recently approved a new measure meant to encourage children to stay in school, in particular children coming from the most disadvantaged families.   Since in Romania over 125 000 children were commuting on a daily basis during the last school year and that these type of costs are one of the main reasons why disadvantaged children drop out of school, the measure comes as a practical way to alleviate the financial burden of the poorest of families....
2016, 11 October
There is progress in ROMACT participant municipalities as they implement a new vaccination and information campaign. Due to the time required to clear necessary procedures for infrastructure projects, the wait can be rather long, so the Community Action Groups (CAG) in several locations in Romania chose to address some of their short-term priorities with measures that require little or no budgeting and which can be conducted immediately. Such was the case in Calvini and Ramnicelu where...
2016, 6 October
It was an ambitious goal, but the ROMACT T.C.C. mediation training was complete within only two days (3-4 October 2016), instead of three and a half as it is usually required. Organised in cooperation with the Good Relations Office of the Belfast City Council, the session was conducted by Ms Lisa Rose, and involved some 14 participants, representing both public bodies and NGOs from Belfast.  A small number of participants were representatives of the Health Service Executive of...
2016, 4 October
Between 4 – 5 October 2016, the ROMACT team in Slovakia – facilitators and the National Project Officer  – as well as municipal representatives from newly selected municipalities are following a coaching session in preparation of the implementation of the Programme. The new round of municipalities joining ROMACT includes the following locations: Hostice, Kolackov, Lomnicka, Radnovce, Stropkov, Vrbnica, Zbudske Dlhe. All mayors of these additional 7 municipalities in...
2016, 4 October
The Community Action Group (CAG) in Turda, representing residents of Barbu Lautaru Street, has been active since the beginning of 2016. With the guidance of the ROMACT facilitator, they have identified long-term and short-term priorities, a number of which they have already been able to address themselves.   The cleaning action organised on 30 September 2016 was one of the ideas that came up during their regular meetings with the ROMACT facilitator.  The action was...
2016, 3 October
On the 30 September, the campaign "A home for Simona" was launched online - an idea initated by the Community Action Group (CAG) in Alesd and put into practice with the support of the ROMACT Romania National Support Team. The members of the CAG were moved by the particularly difficult situation of one of the Roma citizens in Alesd - Obor, Ms Simona Csonka - a mother of four living in a shack that is on the point of collapsing.  Her health condition, the scarce employment...

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