Sungurlare

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Vasil Pandeliev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Dinyu Ivanov, Mayor of Chubra village
Facilitators: 
Diyan Dankov
Total population: 
12 559
Source: 
Cenus 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
4 000
Description of the Municipality: 

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The Municipality of Sungurlare is located in the southeastern part of Bulgaria and is included in the administrative-territorial boundaries of the Bourgas region. It includes a total of 28 settlements, the administrative center being Sungurlare. Larger settlements with more than 800 people are the villages of Manolich, Saedinenie and Lozarevo. A large part of the territory is sparsely populated.
According to the census of the 2011, the ethnic composition is: Bulgarians 6.193 (49.31%), Turks 3.553 (28.29%), Roma 929 (7.39%). The total population numbers 12.559 people.
 
The Roma population in the municipality lives mainly in four settlements: Chubra - 270 people, Lozarevo - 161, Valchin - 117 and Sungurlare - 156 people. The total number of Roma in the municipality is about 4.000, according to unofficial municipal data. Around 929 identified themselves as Roma, the rest prefer to be called Millet, Turks or Bulgarians.
 
The poverty risk of the population is rated to be 45,9 % . 85 families receive monthly benefits from the local social services; 90% of them are Roma families. 500 persons are registered as unemployed; 300 of them are Roma.
 
The school dropout is high, the main reasons are related to the economic situation (low family income, unemployed parents), social reasons (parental disinterest, poor living conditions), personal reasons (lack of motivation to learn, negative attitude towards school, the language barrier etc.). Early marriages are no exception in Sungurlare Municipality. Despite the fact that in recent years their number decreased, it has also been one of the reasons for dropping out of school, especially among girls aged 14-16.
 
The majority of housing districts with predominantly Roma population are without sewerage. All dwellings are supplied with water, connected to the electricity grid and have organized waste disposal.
 

The ROMACT Process

Sungurlare municipality joined the ROMACT program in October 2017 with the letter of agreement

A Community Action Group (CAG) was created in November 2017 and finalised the List of Priorities by June 2018, following a training on data collection via community research and needs assessment. 

In December 2017, the Taskforce for Roma Inclusion was created.

The CAG received a training on communication as an advocacy tool and the Municipal and in July 2018, the Municipal Action Plan for Roma Inclusion (MAPRI) was updated base on CAG list of priorities and adopted by the Local Council.
The CAG and the Local Authorities then received a joint training for planning the implementation of short and medium-term activities.
In complement, the Local Authorities was coached on planning and implementing a community survey and received information on available funding opportunities while the CAG was trained onplanning, implementing and monitoring of the MAPRI.

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following project:
 - “Early child development opportunities for Roma children from Sungurlare” - OPHRD Transnational cooperation - Approved- Budget: 98 273 euros
 

Timeline Points

13 Oct 2017
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
11 Nov 2017
Creation of CAG
13 Dec 2017
Creation of Taskforce
30 Apr 2018
Step 4- Funding, Implementing, Monitoring- Project proposal was submitted to the OPHRD Transnational Cooperation
31 Jul 2018
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures and projects- Adoption of the updated Municipal Action Plan for Roma Inclusion
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