On August 17, 2012 the Institute for Rural Initiatives in partnership with the Bureau of Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Republic of Moldova organized two visits to the villages of Minjir and Carpineni in the raion of Hincesti. The goal of the visits was to meet with the Roma community from two villages and local public administrations in order to inform both communities about the existing and pending legislation favoring Roma community in Moldova as well as initiating discussions on the Governmental Decision 56 from January 31, 2012 regarding the support of the Roma population in Moldova.
Around 75 people were present at both meetings, and about 50 were citizens of Roma descent. Both meetings were dynamic and invited public participation, which involved stakeholders from the Hincesti Rayonal Council, UNICEF Moldova, the Mayor’s Office of Carpineni, the State Chancellery (Committee for Children’s Rights), teachers etc.
A predominant subject that was discussed was the quality of education for Roma children and the problem of attaining school supplies necessary for a quality education. Later on the discussion turned to the high level of unemployment among Roma as well as the chronic lack of cooperation between Roma communities and the local authorities. The Roma community also spoke of a lack of information about social assistance opportunities, which the local government responded to with an open invitation to the Mayor’s Office, with the goal of improving trust and mutual cooperation.
Another topic of interest was the role of the community mediators. Most of the Roma representatives were of the opinion that institutionalized community mediators are necessary and useful, especially with the problems stated before.
These are the first meetings of their kind to be organized at rural locations in the Republic of Moldova.
This activity was organized by the Institute for Rural Initiatives in partnership with the Bureau for Inter-Ethnic Relations of the Republic of Moldova in cooperation with Opre o Ciacimos NGO from Minjir, Hincesti rayon, as well as the Mayor’s Office of Carpineni, Hincesti rayon, with the support of Open Society Institute from Budapest.