Samokov

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Vladimir Georgiev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Ralitsa Gerasimova – Chief Expert, Social Activities and Healthcare Department
Facilitators: 
Daniela Mihaylova
Total population: 
38 098
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
5 153
Description of the Municipality: 

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Samokov municipality is located in South-West Bulgaria and is part of Sofia administrative district. Samokov municipality includes 28 settlements – Samokov, Alino, Belchin, Belchinski bani, Beli Iskar, Dolni Okol, Dospey, Dragushinovo, Gorni Okol, Govedartsi, Gutsal, Klisura, Kovachevtsi, Lisets, Madjare, Mala tsarkva, Maritsa, Novo selo, Popovyane, Prodanovtsi, Raduil, Rayovo, Relyovo, Shipochane, Shiroki dol, Yarebkovitsa, Yarlovo, Zlokuchene. The town of Samokov is the administrative center of the municipality.
 
The Roma population numbers 14% of the entire population, according to the official data. They live in separate neighborhoods and they are concentrated in 4 settlements: Samokov, Kovachevtsi, Maritsa and Popovyane. Tree of the municipal councilors out of totally 29 people are Roma.
 
Some of the main issues they face are related to poor housing conditions/ illegal built homes, lack of health insurances, segregated schools, large number of drug addicts.
 

The ROMACT Process

Samokov municipality  joined the ROMACT program, in February 2017.
 
The problems identified by the Community Action Group are: 
 

Identified problems
Lack of financial resources to pay the kindergarten taxes
High level of illiteracy among the adults
Segregation in kindergartens and schools
Lack of teachers qualified to work in multicultural environment
Big number of Roma with no health insurance
High level of chronic diseases
Poor Infrastructure – street light, asphalt etc.
Lack of security/ job opportunities
Lack of resources for securing necessary school supplies

Several trainings were provided:
 
Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration and the community action group:
 
- Introducing the Guide and explaining the need to tackle marginalization;
- Support the local authorities to define the areas of the municipal territory with people facing marginalization and planning where to intervene;
- Building capacity of CAG members on preparing needs assessment, setting up priority list and planning.
 

Timeline Points

28 Feb 2017
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
10 Jun 2017
Creation of CAG
16 Nov 2017
Creation of Taskforce
18 Dec 2017
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Finalisation of Community Priorities List
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