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20 вересня 2012 року в Ужгороді відбулася зустріч представників Міжнародного фонду «Відродження» та ромських студентів, які навчаються за стипендіальною програмою Фонду.
On 20 September, 2012, a meeting was held by representatives of the international fund “Renaissance” and Roma students who are enrolled in the fund’s scholarship programme.
Як зазначив Роман Романов, який очолює Програму «Верховенство права», організація «хоче бачити розвиток ромських громад, залучивши в неї молодь, яка навчалася і навчається за освітньою програмою. На сьогодні бракує налагодженої співпраці органів місцевого самоврядування з молоддю, яка отримала освіту за різними напрямками, в першу чергу з юристами. Ми хочемо налагодити цю співпрацю і щоб випускники надалі залучалися до роботи», наголосив Роман Романов.
Roman Romanov, who is the head of the programme “Rule of Law”, says that the organisation “wants to see the development of the Roma communities, involvement of the youth, who has studied and trained for the educational programme. Today lacks an established co-oporation between local governments and young people who have been educated in different subjects, primarily with lawyers. We want to establish this co-operation so that graduates may continue being involved in work”, said Roman Romanov.
Далі Роман Романов наголосив, зокрема, таке: «З 2008 по 2012 роки в Закарпатській області за цією програмою навчаються 45 студентів. Потрібно визначити, чи всі ці студенти змогли влаштуватись на роботу за спеціальністю, які в них проблеми і як вони реалізували своє право на роботу. Помилково вважати, що основою життя є фінансовий капітал, адже саме людина і людські ресурси, її знання значать набагато більше. Тому Міжнародний фонд «Відродження» і Програма «Верховенство права» активно співпрацює з ромськими громадськими організаціями на місцях, з органами місцевого самоврядування для того щоб посилити роботу в ромських громадах, акцентувавши увагу на роботу з ромською молоддю».
Roman Romanov further on said, in particular, this: “From 2008 to 2012, 45 students from the Transcarpathian oblast are working in this programme. It is necessary to determine whether all these students could find a job in their field, what problems they had and how they realised their rights at work. It is a mistake to believe that the basis of life is the financial capital, because for humans and human resources, knowledge is much more important. Therefore, the international fund “Renaissance” and the programme “Rule of Law” are actively working with Roma community organisations on location and with agencies of local municipalities to strengthen work in Romani communities, drawing attention to work with the Roma youths”.
У зустрічі взяли участь Ольга Жмурко – менеджер програми «Верховенство права», представники від благодійного фонду «Розвиток», громадської правозахисної організації «Вестед», представники ромських неурядових організацій та ромські студенти, що навчаються за освітніми програмами.
The meeting was attended by Olha Zhmurko, the manager of the programme “Rule of Law”, representatives from the charity fund “Growth”, public human rights organization “Vested”, representatives from Roma NGO organisations and Roma students enrolled in the educational programmes.
28 June, rats bit two children at night in a Roma settlement on the street of Hranitniy in Uzhhorod (micro-region of Radvanka). Amongst the victims of the rodent bites was an infant, whose face, arms and legs were bitten.
Serena Horvat, a young mother of three, had the electricity to her home cut off a day before these events due to debt. According to the Roma, this was what lead to this horrible event.
Mykola Baloh says that he brought the victims to a doctor and helped them acquire the necessary medications for the children. He also proposed to the Uzhhorod workers at REM a solution to the debt issue, by splitting the debt into several payments. However, they chose not to meet with him.
As “The Transcarpathia Hour” has already reported that, yesterday, 20 June, a solemn ceremony was held in a small hall of Uzhhorod City Council, honouring women of the Transcarpathian region whom were given the honorary title of “Mother - Heroine” by the president of Ukraine. Ten women received the award from all over the country: from Tyachiv, Mizhhir, and Mukachevo districts.
In the city of Uzhhorod, this honorary title was awarded to the Roma woman Klara Yosypivna Baloh, who bore and raised ten children. This was also the first time this award was presented to Roma in Ukraine.
Video in Ukrainian. I can’t translate, but I can give the gist:
Interviews with Ukrainian Roma, saying why they need the same rights as everyone else. They can also have discotheques and run business, etc etc. They say how much they wish to have respect, to be treated well.
The action was financed by the programme “Roma of Ukraine” by the international foundation “Renaissance”. Myroslav Horvat, the expert of the programme board of “Roma of Ukraine”, controlled the due course of the handing out of wood. On-site distribution was by the members was observed by Uzhhorod district’s women’s NGO “Karmelita”, including its chairman Anzhelika Lakatosh.
In February, 2012, these supplies were held for Roma people in other locations of Transcarpathia, in particular Uzhhorod and the Uzhhorod district.
With the words of Horvat, such action is necessary, as the winter became very cold, but there is practically little wood around the Roma camps to heat homes and cook.
“You are not people – you need to be killed” with these words, “Golden Eagle” held a regular practice in a Roma camp in Uzhhorod.
Traditionally, for many of our fellow Roma, this is a community which many of them would prefer not to remember. For one, they are all associated with theft, divination and scams. Folk wisdom kindly reminds us with sayings, such as “you lie like a Gypsy”. And yet, there is a tendency observed to further level the positive image of Roma in our lives. In Romantic films as “Gypsy” or “The Gypsy Camp Goes to the Heavens” have sunk into oblivion, and today’s Roma, no matter what politicians say, always to be remember on the eve of elections, discriminated against our fellow members of society.
Our site so far has not been able to learn the reasons behind the pogroms in the Roma camp on the streets of Hranitiy and Marka Vovchka in the Uzhhorod village of Radvanka. According to the locals, two buses of “Berkut” exploded at seven in the morning, 11 January, on the territory of the Roma camp – as explained the police, a practice.
But the results of this “practice” affected dozens of Roma, on which “Golden Eagle” used rubber batons and tear gas, not taking into account that before them were elderly people, disabled, pregnant women and children.
Three days after these events, which clearly resemble a true genocide, most of the residents of the Roma camps did not sleep at home. They are simply terrified of a repeat of the fight, more so, that many of them were threatened not to publicise information of the events of 11 January. Young Roma hide, even from the journalists, and a patient in the last stages of tuberculosis, Yosip Tyrpak, died today in hospital.
Yesterday, 8 January, the little Uzhhorod Romanies in the village of Kholmok and Kontsovo celebrated the Christmas holiday with carols and poems. This was all possible because of the charitable act by the Romani Youth Union “Romani Čerxenj” (Romani Star) of the Zakarpattia oblast.
Thus, lunch was served in the Romani church in Kholmok during the holiday prayers, and a small programme was held. The children sang, carolled, and recited poetry. Afterwards, around 35 little children were given candy sets as Christmas gifts by public activists (Ruszen Horváth, Ivan Balógh, Aladár Papp, Petra Rejpasi). The eyes of every child sparkled with happiness and gratefulness.
Immediately after the celebrations in Kholmok, the public activists of the organisation also visited the neighbouring Roma camp in the village of Kontsovo. The children here also met the guests with Christmas songs and poems. Then the activists gave out gifts of candy sets to at least 40 children.
“The International fund ‘Renaissance’ was a great help in our organising these acts,” commented the head of “Romani Čerxenj”, Myroslav Horváth. “For this I, as well as the Roma headman Adaljbert Benjak from the village of Kontsovo and Petra Rejpas of the village of Kholmok, and all the children and their parents are very grateful. The children felt the atmosphere of the season. The kids believed that even we can have Christmas and New Year’s miracles.”
50 Romani children met the approaching Catholic Christmas Eve for a festive Christmas dinner in the village of Kholmok, in Uzhhorod.
Yesterday, 23 December, the public organisation “Романі Черхень/Romani Čerxenj” (Romani Star) carried out a charitable act.
In addition to the holiday dinner for 50 children, the volunteers organised and held a small holiday programme. Then the young Roma read poems and sang.
“Our organisation carries out these acts regularly,” notes the head of the organisation, Myroslav Horvat. “This time we were supported by the International fund “Renaissance”. We are very grateful for this, in particular, and personally, the manager of the programme “Roma of Ukraine”, Natalia Kyyak, and the executive director, Yevhen Bystrystkiy”.
We note that in the village of Kholmok, the volunteers of “Romani Čerxenj” are organise a free lunch on weekdays for the Roma children.
Tonights soup kitchen exploded with Praise and Worship. We had visitors from many places. Friends came from Mukachevo. Seredna, Radvanka, Canada, Scotland, and US all giving glory to God with passion and praise.