Vernesti

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Daniel Năstase
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Marilena Constantin
Facilitators: 
Călin Iosif
Total population: 
8 633
Source: 
2011 Census
Roma living in the Municipality: 
754
Description of the Municipality: 

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Vernești is a communal settlement located in the municipality of Buzău in Romania. Varnesti is the administrative centre for 11 villages. The largest Roma population can be found in the village of Cândeşti, with several groups present among them: lăutari (musicians), Roma vătraşi (settled Roma) and in smaller numbers Kalderash. The latest census cites the total population of Vernești as 8,633, 754 of which declared themselves as Roma, which represents roughly 10% of the population. It is important to note that the unofficial estimate places the Roma population at around 2,000.
 
Overall the education level of the Roma community is low, with approximately 17% of the community not completing primary and secondary education.  9% of the community are without and formal education.   The community also face high unemployment (50% of the population are inactive) and only 33% of the population have some form of professional/vocational training.  With reference to public utilities, most Roma households in Cândeşti have no access to sewage systems.  Families living in segregated areas of the village (commonly referred to as “under the hill”) are in a particularly difficult situation, Roma families moved to this area some 15 years earlier.  Roads here are in poor repair and suffer from constant flooding, often making them completely inaccessible.
 

The ROMACT Process

With the Mayor’s signature on the Letter of Commitment on the 21st October 2016, the ROMACT programme was initiated in Vernesti.  A Community Action Group (CAG) was created shortly after the signing and allows a format for representative from all Roma groups to interact with the ROMACT facilitator, Mr. Calin Iosif.

The CAG, after a series of coaching session and debates, have identified the following community priorities:
 

Short-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationTackle the poor attendance of Roma children in kindergarten activities
InfrastructureReparations of roads in the villageProvide possibilities of land plots for new Roma familiesProvide clean running water to the segregated area where the poorest Roma families live
HealthTackle the poor coverage of vaccination for Roma childrenTackle the risk of hepatits epidemics in the segregated area inhabited by the poorest Roma familie
OtherHire a Roma expert within the municipalityTackle de issue of lack of registration documents for infants
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2
HousingSolving the issue of lack of property documents
OtherSetting up of a social centreCompletion of the Community Centre in Candesti
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