Slivo Pole

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Valentin Atanasov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Valendin Lalkov, senior expert on education
Facilitators: 
Kadrin Hasanov
Total population: 
9 958
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 102
Description of the Municipality: 

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Slivo pole Municipality is located in Northern Bulgaria and is one of the municipalities of Rouse province. The municipality has 11 settlements with a total permanent population of 9.958 residents. Roma population in the municipality is about 11 % (1.102), from which 26% (286) live in the municipal center and the others 74% in the villages.
 
The highest number of Roma population is in Malko Vranovo village - 933 inhabitants (50%). Another village with Roma concentration is Kosharna – 574 inhabitants (32%). The Roma people in the municipality of Slivo pole not live in isolation from other ethnic groups. Overall, the infrastructures in the Roma neighborhoods is satisfactory, there are electricity and water supply networks, but the sewerage system is inexistent. In the component villages, the road infrastructure is poor or missing, with individual properties lacking electricity and water.
 
In Slivo pole, Roma live mainly in the southern part of the city (Slivitsa neighborhood), but the territory is not established as a ghetto. The main part of Roma lives in houses with courtyards, the lands are private municipal property allocated for residential building. Parts of the dwellings were built based on the right of construction, but others are without the necessary construction documents. Roma from Slivo pole municipality work in many different areas such as trade, construction, working abroad etc.

The main issues faced by Roma are:

  • - Functional illiteracy among adults;
  • - Lack of playgrounds and places for the free time for children and youth;
  • - Lack of transport from the villages to the Slivo Pole kindergartens;
  • - High level of unemployment within the poorest part of the Roma community.

The ROMACT Process

Slivo Pole municipality joined the ROMACT program in August 2016.
 
The long-term priorities identified by the Community Action Group are: 
 
- Construct an additional bus stop in the Roma neighborhood Slivitca;
- Reducing the fee to attend kindergarten;
- Introducing incentives to increase the number of Roma students finishing secondary education;
- Increasing the literacy rate among Roma students;
- Establish a regular practice for prophylaxis;
- Building recreational facilities and playgrounds in villages;
- Repairing the the main roads in the Roma neighborhoods;
- Developing projects to ensure temporary employment;
- Repairing and equipping buildings in Slivitca neighborhood.

 
Several trainings were provided:
 
Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration and the community action group:
 
- Team building and training on integration policies;
- Team building on communication methodologies;
- Coaching LA staff on possibilities to address short-term priorities;
- Assessing the capacities of the municipality for preparing projects for social inclusion;
- Inform LA about relevant funding opportunities;
- Building understanding of LA for integrated approach;
- Consultation and coaching of CAG members for improving the understanding of local governance and citizen participation.
 
So far, the following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
 
The municipality is implementing Project Future for our children - services for early childhood development in the municipality of Slivo pole, aiming to continue providing a set of integrated social services in Centers for early childhood development. Also, the municipality appointed a Roma municipal expert on ethnic and integration issues.
Activity: Two children’s playgrounds were constructed
Number of beneficiaries: 500
Funds (origin + amount): local budget, 30.000 BGN
Timeframe:  June 2017 - August 2017
 
Activity: Renovate children’s playground in Slivitsa district
Number of beneficiaries: 250
Funds (origin + amount): local budget, 5.000 BGN
Timeframe:  June 2017 - August 2017
 

Timeline Points

30 Aug 2016
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
23 Sep 2016
Creation of CAG
22 Nov 2016
Creation of Taskforce
20 Jun 2017
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Community priorities list finalised
2 Feb 2018
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- MAPRI updated and adopted by City Council
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