The trash dump in Oradea
For many years, Sisters International has distributed food and supplies to people living on a trash dump in Oradea, Romania. The Roma families who live there support themselves by looking for scrap at the dump. They burn the waste to see if there can be anything left of value, such as pieces of metal which they can then sell. They find clothes that they can use, or food that they can eat.
Elisabeth Hultgren from Sisters International's local group in northern Sweden, travels every year to the dump to distribute Sisters Christmas Bags with food and supplies, and to provide other practical assistance that may be needed. Through local contacts, Sisters International could start up a continuous integration work in the village Rontau located just outside of Oradea. Read more about the integration project here.
The Roma people in Romania 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 closer to 2 million. Many Roma are not registered and are therefore not in the statistics.