Ivesti

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Hamza Cornel
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Corina Gotu, Community Health Mediator
Facilitators: 
Georgina Beu
Total population: 
10 025
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 800
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 03/10/2016

IIvești is in Galați County with a total population is of 10,225 inhabitants and 3,027 households. The 2011 census records for Ivești show that 20% of the total population is Roma, 75% are Romanians and 5% are other national minorities (Greek, Turkish, Serbian and Bulgarian). Only 48% of the total population has a steady job, with most of the employment opportunities for the area in agriculture, manufacturing, trade and construction.
Roma living in Ivești are concentrated in Amilcar Vasiliu and Blajerii de sus, they are also in other areas of the village. Most of the issues faced by Roma in the municipality are in are in education, health, housing and employment. The community faces high drop-out rates, a lack of proper health diagnosis and treatment as well as a scarcity of jobs.  Most Roma find employment in agriculture as seasonal labour. The lack of financial means combined with poor access to services represents the root causes of the issues mentioned above.
Poor housing is one of the highest risks faced by the Roma community in Ivești, the major areas in which they live are susceptible to flooding.  In the aftermath of a flood in 2005, a number of houses were destroyed and they remain 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 mains running water. Many families also do not own property documents for their dwelling. Added to these challenges is the poor conditions of the roads to the communities as many are not paved. 
 

The ROMACT Process

With the signature of the Letter of Commitment in 2015, Ivești joined the ROMACT programme.
Shortly after the signing, a Community Action Group (CAG) was created and they prioritized the needs of the community. The CAG and the local authority representatives worked 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 prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationContinuation of School after School programImplementation of literacy programs in order to address pupils who dropped-out of schoolImplementation of multicultural projects within the community in order to stimulate interethnic collaboration
YouthActive participation of youth in the community's life
HousingRehabilitation of the houses in the Roma community
InfrastructureAccess to the running water networkPavement/asphalting of the roads in the Roma communityBuilding a playground for children and a sports center
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EmploymentCreating employment opportunities
HealthProvide equipment for a medical center and hire medical staff
InfrastructureSewarage network in the communityConnecting the Roma houses to the electricity networkProviding land plots for young families to build houses

In December 2015, Ivești 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.

Timeline Points

21 Oct 2015
STEP 1 - BECOMING COMMITTED - Letter of Committment signed by the Mayor
22 Dec 2015
Creation of the Community Action Group in Ivesti
7 Jan 2016
Joint Action Plan approved by the Local Council
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