Valea Seaca (County Bacau)

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Ion Pravăţ
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Calin Laver
Facilitators: 
Elena Radu
Total population: 
3 867
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 377
Description of the Municipality: 

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Valea Seacă is a rural administrative entity, with almost 4.000 inhabitants. It belongs administratively to Bacău County and is situated in the North-East of Romania. It is composed of two main villages, Cucova and Valea Seacă with Roma population which varies from 1.100 (the official census) to almost 2.000 citizens (NGO estimates). One of the biggest issues of the Roma community in Valea Seacă is the lack of IDs of many Roma citizens which prevents them from accessing services for health, education, employment and housing.
The ROMACT was launched in Valea Seacă in October 2013
The first meeting between the ROMACT National Support Team and the local administration took place in November 2013 and the Letter of Commitment was signed on 3 February 2014.
The Roma CAG was set up with the help of the facilitator starting with November 2013 and by February 2014 and brought together a diverse group: Roma and non Roma, man and women, speakers of Romani, members in different religious groups

The identified development needs were addressed in a Joint Action Plan, endorsed by the Local Council in March 2015, including the following measures:

IDs AND PROPERTY DOCUMENTS

  • Access to IDs and property documents (ROMACT contributed to this by providing the necessary legal expertize for initiating the relevant legal procedures). A project proposal called “Preparing documentation for legalization of living areas of Roma citizens from Valea Seacă, Bacau County”, which aimed of the completion of the cadastral documents for 54 Roma households from Valea Seacă, was submitted for funding by the local administration and the local NGO United Europe. The project was implemented between 23 June and 2 December 2014 and was financed by the National Agency for Roma. The CAG members were involved in all the implementation phases of the project;

EDUCATION

  • Recruitment of a school mediator;
  • Organising Second Chance and School after School programmes;

HEALTH

  • Recruitment of a health mediator;
  • Ensuring minimum required vaccination for all children from the Roma community;
  • A project proposal “Integrated Day-care Centre for Roma citizens” was elaborated and shall be submitted for funding, as soon as the ESIF 2014 – 2020 becomes available.

 
In Valea Seaca there several important projects have been implemented after the mayor has agreed to participate in the project ROMACT such as the development of water supply system in the whole town and partly in Palamida; the paving of communal roads in Roma neighborhoods; the construction of a modern wastewater treatment plant and sewerage system; the rehabilitation and modernization of public lighting and the construction of a new modern nursery in the community center frequented mostly by Roma children.

 

Timeline Points

3 Feb 2014
Signature of ROMACT letter of commitment
15 Feb 2014
First meeting of the Community Action Group
5 Mar 2015
Adoption of the Joint Action Plan by the Local Council
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