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Project ”IN FOCUS – support for Roma families”

AGENDA, project IN FOCUS

From the very beginning, NGO AGENDA was included in the programs of support to the residents of Gazela and Belvil, through the census of Gazela; the programs for support in learning in temporary settlements Makis 1; and then through the coverage of 123 children from 5 temporary settlements (Makis 1 and 2, Rakovica 1 and 2 and Kamendin).

This year (2017), through the project “In FOCUS” supported by the City of Belgrade – the Secretariat for Social Protection, we will continue to provide support to children and mothers displaced from Gazela and Belville, but this time moved to social apartments in Orlovsko naselje (Orlovsky settlement) and Jabucki Rit. Support, which as so far, includes the provision of tutorial support in the learning for children of school age, cultural and educational activities for children and social and educational lectures for mothers and women. We are extremely proud that we are with the inhabitants of Gazelle and Bellevue from their first to the present, we hope, the final step, to provide support to the youngest and most vulnerable children and women.

The pictures show the excursion and computer workshop we organized for children accompanied by one mother, teacher and with great help from volunteers and generosity of IACBGD.

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Successful stories

L. P. is a Romani single mother of 3 under-aged girls. She came to Belgrade 9 years ago, with a group of cousins from small town and they are now living under the bridge in big city.

Her living situation is difficult. They are living in a 15m2 shack made out of wooden planks and nylon collected from the near by dump. There is no access to water, and electricity is coming from neighboring houses.

She owns a furnace, that she made by her self using old barrel, two beds, old cabinet

and a TV. Her daily job was to collect garbage. Daily, along with children, she walks more than 10 kilometers in order to raise enough cardboard and old things.

NGO Agenda assisted her in the process of obtaining legal documents, and registration taxes in Belgrade, connected her with social work and school, as well as, assisted her with donations of clothes, shoes and school supplies.

As part of the system, soon L.  was eligible for child benefits and social assistance. Steady income has helped this single mother greatly, her 3 daughters go to school regularly now, they have clothes and shoes. Furthermore, L. herself started to go to school for adults. 

L. is now using sewing machine donated from a Church in Iowa.

Agenda has been helping this family from 2012.

Mentorsip program for Roma students

Mentoring program for Roma students

YOUTH FOR YOUTH

In summer 2014.  AGENDA started mentorship program YOUTH FOR YOUTH

Short description of program

We believe that one of the biggest issues that Roma students and youth in general face is the lack of access to Social Rights, mainly education, as well as lack of opportunities for academic growth and development of leadership skills. This project has multiple groups that will benefit as it creates a platform for youth to learn from other youth, while building networks and mentorship-bonds.

YOUTH FOR YOUTH is a project that is targeting several groups of beneficiaries. The target groups involved in this project are Roma College students, Roma middle school students and mentors.

YOUTH FOR YOUTH consist of two main activities, the first being, forming a group of young Roma students – mentees. For this purpose seminar in Red Cross Vrsac resort was conducted, with 27 participants – Roma High School students and College students and students who are studying abroad.

Second activity was series of networking events and finding adequate mentors for mentees according to their particular needs and connecting mentors and mentees with one main goal to support Roma students in education.

After a 5 month of mentorship program, we have active 10 mentorship pears. As we are living in 21st centuries, it is possible for people to connect all over the world, so some of our mentors are abroad, and one pear (mentor-mentee) are in Vienna on a same College.

What do we need next is support for our pears mentor-mentee meetings and further development of mentoring program through training, workshops and software program to communicate all together wherever we are.

We all are ready and eager for the next steps

on our journey.

Agenda in Council of Europe Youth Conference

AGENDA in Council of Europe 2015.

Representatives of the Agenda (leader of mentoring programs and two mentee) participated in the Youth Conference of the long term ENTER program in the Council of Europe ENTER-Youth-Meeting-2015

ENTER – Program for promoting access to social rights for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and categories is a long-term program of training of youth workers and leaders. The representative of the Agenda participated in the first round of training ENTER (2009-2012).  At the ENTER Youth Meeting 2011. in Strasbourg, Agenda participate with two young participants from ES Jovan Cvijic “. At the other ENTER Youth Meeting 2015, Agenda participate with 3 representatives.

The Enter! project was initiated by the youth sector of the Council of Europe in 2009 aiming at the development of youth policy and youth work responses to situations of exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people, particularly in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The project promotes young people’s access to social rights as a means for their inclusion and participation in society. (source: http://www.coe.int/en/web/enter/home)

 

The sewing program in the starting phase

We are developing programs for economic empowerment of women / mothers who educate children and live at or below the poverty line.

We are in starting phase of our sewing program.

Thanks to personal donations woman from Newton, we get 4 sewing machines. Our first sewing machine sews now happily in a shack in Belgrade. 

We are grateful for your help. 

Women in Action 🙂