Projects and initiatives in the Tîrgu Mureș district, Romania

Due to the pandemic, the visit has been organized online.

With a live streming, partners were taken to Miercurea-Ciuc, Harghita County, where on the 7th of January 2021 there was a fire in the Roma settlement and 260 people have been evacuated and sheltered in the Sport Arena of the town. 29 families lost their houses, and now 120 people are still living in the Sport Arena. Caritas Alba Iulia, in apartnership with the Municipality, represented in the visit by the Deputy Major Eniko Sogor, is providing social services to the people in the Arena.

Then Caritas Alba Iulia presented the EU-funded project to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Sîngerogiu de Mureș, Mureș County, implemented in partnership with the local authorities. The project has an integrated approach, addressing education, employment, medical and social services, housing and living conditions and legal assistance and the fight against discrimination. In the four marginalised communities, more than 80% of the houses have no water supply and are heated with wood.

Then, Jakabfi Róbert Attila presented a project in Covasna County aiming to prevent the institutionalization of children, by improving also their housing conditions.
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Always in Covasna County, in Sfîntu Gheorghe, there is a project aiming at building houses for the Roma community from the Orko neighbourhood. The project has just started and is planning to build 50 social houses, one sanitary block, one kindergarden, 815 m of canal system, 3 integrated community centres and urban green spaces.

Finally, a presentation of the Superar musical and social program created in 2018 through a cooperation between Caritas Alba Iulia and Superar, Verein zur Förderung der Musik from Austria. Approximately 160 children from six villages, led by 10 pedagogues, rehearse and perform in choirs. The majority of the children come from economically and socially disadvantaged Roma communities facing severe discrimination and often segregation. The children, aged 6-13, attend the choir rehearsals in their villages several times a week and combine with other locations regularly.