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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Urvind Community, Romania

Urvind Community, Romania

The Gypsy people have always been outsiders in Romania. Despite having lived in the country for hundreds of years, they haven’t integrated because of widespread discrimination and stigma.

High levels of poverty, unemployment, poor education and overcrowded living conditions are ongoing challenges for communities like Urvind.

The first project of People2People was in the village of Urvind where the standard of living was improved for the people by providing twenty houses modified from metal containers.

Electricity, running water and a feeding program were gradually added through time. It has recently expanded to include education and medical assistance as well.

- An estimated 85% of Gypsies live below subsistence levels

- Life expectancy can be up to 15 years below the national average

- Birth rates are high, Roma organizations suggest a number as high as 2.5 million

- Literacy levels are extremely poor among gypsies, with only 1 out of 10 able to read or write

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