Integration work in Rontau
Sisters International is heading up an Integration project in the village Rontau, just outside of Oradea, Romania. Almost all Roma in Rontau are unemployed and the situation is difficult for the children. The goal with the integration project is to inspire the Roma children to attend school. Homework assistance along with food & beverage creates opportunities for the children in a good way to get into the school system and receive training. They get help with learning to read, write, and count. There's also social activities for the children to create a pleasant and fun environment. Rontau is one of the larger Roma villages in the area with about 400 children. The integration work is done in collaboration with the Eastern European Bible School.
Romanian Roma live in terrible conditions. Less than 30 % of Roma have a job, and the housing situation is terrible. 84 % of Romanian Roma live in households with either no running water, electricity or sewage. It is difficult to know exactly how many Roma there are in Romania, but it is probably a couple of million. Official statistics say there are about 600 000 Roma in Romania, but analysts believe that it can be over 2 million. Many Roma are not registered and are therefore not included in the statistics.
Sisters International works actively with help and support to the Roma people in Romania. This includes everything from long-term assistance to emergency help to those who have the most difficulty. Thank you to all our donors who make this project possible!