Chminianske Jakubovany

General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Jozef Lukac
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Jozef Lukac
Total population: 
2 178
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 760
Description of the Municipality: 

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Chminianske Jakubovany is a rural village located at about 22km West of Presov, in theeastern part of the Slovak Republic. Out of over 2.200 inhabitants, 1.500 are Roma and live in the two settlements located on both sides of a road 800 meters away from the village. The housing in the settlements mainly consist of one-room units built out of wood and clay with no connection to infrastructure; the settlement has no sewage system, no running water or gas pipe connections. Besides the infrastructural and housing issues, the Roma in Chminianske Jakubovany are affected by illiteracy, lack of professional skills (most of them only finished primary school) and unemployment.
Chminianske Jakubovany joined ROMACT with the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Mayor on 20 February 2014. The Roma CAG was set up with the help of the facilitator by mid-2014 and gathers members coming from different settlements.
By the end of June 2014, representatives of the municipality together with members of the Community Action Group had identified and agreed on the priority development needs of the Roma community:

  • education with a focus on the parents’ role;
  • economic independence; as well as
  • infrastructure development and housing.

These needs are addressed in a Joint Action Plan which includes the following measures:

  • Creation of a Parents-Child Unit within the Community Centre, to involve parents of preschool-aged children into regular activities focused on development of communication and social skills of children and activities on health;
  • Support the education of Roma children with the help of teacher assistants and training for parents;
  • Support the economic independence of Roma families, through micro-credits for agriculture as well as through social entrepreneurship;
  • Construction of drinking water and sewage system;
  • Building 36 rental flats and land legalisation.

The Local Council did not adopt the Joint Action Plan  but some initiatives mentioned in the Joint Action Plan were  approved by the municipality and their implementation involved the members of the CAG at different levels, notably by defining the needs and lobbying at the level of the municipality services. For example, the project “Creating new jobs: path to social and labour inclusion in the village Chminianske Jakubovany“, implemented since 1 March 2015 with the support of the ESF, had a real impact on the village life given the tasks that the persons recruited through this framework were performing: fixing and painting public buildings, road and public spaces maintenance, support for the kindergarten and school, waste collection.

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