Boychinovsti

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Svetlin Sreteniev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Petar Naydenov Vineshki - Director Direction “Socio-economic policy, public property and spatial planning”
Facilitators: 
Alexandra Raykova
Total population: 
9 915
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
4 500
Description of the Municipality: 

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The Municipality of Boychinovtsi is a small municipality in the Northwest of Bulgaria. It is one of the municipalities in Montana administrative region and includes 13 settlements – Boychinovtci, Beli Breg, Beli Brod, Vladimirovo, Gromshin, Erden, Kobilyak, Lehchovo, Madan, Marchevo, Ohrid, Pali Lula and Portitovtci. The village of Boychinovtci is the administrative center of the municipality.
 
The Roma population is, according to the official data, 11% of the entire population in the municipality. Based on the latest survey, they number 4.500 persons (50% of the total population). They live in separate neighborhoods and are concentrated in 8 settlements: Boychinovtci, Portitovtci, Vladimirovo, Madan, Gromshin, Lehchovo, Marchevo and Erden.
Some of the main issues they face are:  

  • - Extremely high unemployment rates - over 90%
  • - The majority of the Roma is very poor
  • - Lack of infrastructure/ very bad condition in the Roma neighborhoods
  • - Lack of playgrounds and sports facilities for the children and youth
  • - Old facilities and old furniture and equipment in kindergartens and schools
  • - Very low number of Roma community members who have good education
  • - There is a tendency for a growing demographic crisis

The ROMACT Process

Boychinovsti municipality joined the ROMACT program in August 2016. In February 2017 Boychinovtsi municipality adopted a Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration 2017-2020.
 
The Community Action Group (CAG) identified some of the short/medium/long-term problems:
 

Identified problems
On-going renovation of street lights
Employing Roma in national temporary employment programs
Extend the project “Warm lunch” till the end of 2019
Additional 20 garbage containers
Two junior experts on ethic and integration issues
Renovation of the kindergarten in Lehchevo village
Donation campaign - clothes and food - for 200 families in need
Hiring 2 health mediators
Cleaning of part of the drain system in Lehchevo village

Several trainings were also provided:
 
Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration:
 
Expert support on introducing on-going funding opportunities
Expert support on understanding policy-making on Roma issues and planning
Consultation on the elaboration of a project concept towards inclusion of vulnerable groups under an integrated procedure of OPHRD and OPSEIG
 
Activities involving the community action group:
 
Awareness campaign on stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination and racism
Training on European and national institutions and organizations dealing with Roma issues
Training support on advocacy, participation and understanding of local governance
Capacity building - Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration /JAP
 
So far, the following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
 
Two junior experts on ethic and integration issues appointed in Lehchevo and Vladimirovo village
 
Implemented campaign for prophylactic examinations of Roma without health insurance
 
New heater in kindergarten Madan
Municipality funds
Process: finished
 
Round table discussions organized with the occasion of International Roma Day
Municipality funds
Process: finished
 
Drains Cleaning in Roma community and rehabilitation of the street lighting
Municipality funds
Process: finished
 
Provision of 20 garbage containers in 10 villages
Municipality funds
Process: ongoing
 
Kindergarten renovation in Lehchevo village
UNICEF funds
Budget: 4.000 euro
Process: finished
 
Warm lunch for pupils
Municipality funds
Process: ongoing
 
Employment of 98 Roma for public work
Municipality/National employment programme "Work"
Process: finished
 
Employment of 45 young Roma for public work
Municipality/National employment programme " Youth Work"
Process: finished
 
Campaign against drop-out
Municipality funds
Process: finished
 
Prophylactic examinations of Roma and non-Roma people without health insurances
Municipality funds
Process: ongoing
 
Renovation of the fence and the playground of the kindergarten in Vladimirovo village
Municipality funds
Budget: 4.500 euro
Process: finished
 
Renovation of the youth club in Lehchevo village
Municipality funds
Budget: 2.000 euro
Process: finished
 
Cleaning of the irregular dumpsite in Gromshin village
Municipality funds
Process: finished
 
Borovan municipality concept for social inclusion of vulnerable groups
Center for educational integration of children and students from ethnic minorities (COIDUEM)
Budget: 20.000 euro
 

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