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Last update: 03/10/2016
Ivești is a Romanian municipality, situated in Galați County. The total population is of 10 225 inhabitants and 3 027 households. The last census (2011) shows that 20% of the total population is Roma, 75% are Romanians and 5% is composed of other national minorities (Greek, Turkish, Serbian and Bulgarian people). Only 48% of the total population has a regular job, with most of the employment opportunities to be found in agriculture, manufacturing, trade and construction.
Roma living in Ivești are concentrated in areas of Amilcar Vasiliu and Blajerii de sus, as well as in other areas of village. Most of the issues affecting Roma are in the field of education, health, housing and employment. The community is facing high drop-out rates, lack of proper health diagnosis and treatment as well as a scarcity of jobs, where most of the Roma find employment in agriculture as seasonal labour. The lack of financial means and a poor access to services represent the main causes of the issues mentioned above.
The housing situation of Roma represents one of the highest risks in Ivești, due to the placement of the community in an area which is susceptible to floods. As an aftermath of a flood in 2005, a number of houses were destroyed and they are still in the same poor conditions due to the lack of resources necessary for the repairs. Many of the Roma houses lack electricity, sewerage and access to the running water network. Many families do not own property documents for their dwelling. Furthermore, it is reported that the main roads that lead to the community are not paved.
Ivești joined the ROMACT with the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Local Council October 2015.
Shortly after the Community Action Group (CAG) was created, became active and prioritized the needs of the community. The CAG and the local authority representatives decided together on the priorities and included the measures in the Local Action Plan. The tables below summarize some of the most important short-term and long-term needs of the community:
|Short-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Education||Continuation of School after School program||Implementation of literacy programs in order to address pupils who dropped-out of school||Implementation of multicultural projects within the community in order to stimulate interethnic collaboration|
|Youth||Active participation of youth in the community's life|
|Housing||Rehabilitation of the houses in the Roma community|
|Infrastructure||Access to the running water network||Pavement/asphalting of the roads in the Roma community||Building a playground for children and a sports center|
|Long-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Employment||Creating employment opportunities|
|Health||Provide equipment for a medical center and hire medical staff|
|Infrastructure||Sewarage network in the community||Connecting the Roma houses to the electricity network||Providing land plots for young families to build houses|
In December 2015, Ivești Mayoralty received funding through the National Rural Development Programme (PNDR) and planned to implement activities involving the Roma community, namely a cultural festival and the "School after School programme".
Another project that taking place in Ivești is „Learning English Through I.C.T.”, a transnational project which targets the development of English language skills for students through the Erasmus+, KA2 programme.
* PNDR 2014-2020 stands for “Programul Naţional de Dezvoltare Rurală” (National Rural Development Programme), through which non-refundable funds are allocated from the European Union and the Romanian Government for the socio – economic development of the rural area in Romania.