Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia

by Global Hope Network International
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Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia
Ending Poverty for Roma people in Serbia

Jelena lives in a orgovska mahala with her husband and three children (two boys and a girl). Her husband is a musician and supports the family as such. Life has been very hard for them. Now, Jelena is part of our Transformational Community Development (TCD) group. Her behavior towards her husband and children has improved and there is more peace in the family. Jelena has also learned how to care and maintain good health from the TCD.
 

Jelena’s daughter has a problem with her spine and leg. Jelena listened to the advice and took her daughter to the doctor. She's doing better, thanks to the TCD teaching. We hope to see more improvements in social and health areas in the community.

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Branka is a 43-year-old woman with a 16-year-old son, Vasa. Despite his young age, Vasa got married. There were many problems in the family due to finances, but thanks to TCD lessons, Vasa took responsibility for himself and his wife by forming an orchestra. He now earns an income for both of them.

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Last month, villagers in jorgovska mahala were busy with agricultural work, harvesting plums. Now a large number of them are absent because they went to harvest grapes. Also, a number went to work for two months in Slovakia. Even with smaller numbers, we held regular meetings and made personal visits to families in the mahala.

Though they came into meetings tired from work, they were excited to hear our Transformational Community Development (TCD) lessons. Special attention was drawn to family topics on responsibilities in marriage and the upbringing of children.

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Transformative development is slow but visible in Dorgovska mahala Village. Last month, the children prepared an event for Easter. The parents were delighted to listen to the program prepared by their children in mahala. Women were baking cookies and they all brought juices to share. Villagers understand that unity can accomplish a lot.

Dragomir is part of our committee in mahala. In the past, he was a criminal involved with drugs and conflict with people in mahala. Today he’s a completely different person. Together with women from the Transformational Community Development (TCD) group, he teaches and continues to progress. He talks to others about what he has learned.

Our board in mahala is actively undergoing training. We are expecting great strides in progress.

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From the mouths of babes!
From the mouths of babes!

As our GHNI team works toward Transformational Community Development (TCD) in our village Djorgovska mahala, women have begun finding ways to encourage change during the week. They know that the results of their support are renovated apartments and built bathrooms with sanitary appliances. They also work toward complete change in their settlement. Parents and children are happy. Children help their parents in maintaining the hygiene of bathrooms, apartments, and personal hygiene.

Changes are visible and praised by parents. We have three groups of women with about 30 members.

A group of children also works to implement their knowledge. We are teaching them about:

  • Maintaining personal hygiene
  • Regularly attending school
  • Respect for the elderly and parents
  • Bringing new children to the group

In their families, they listen to their parents. From listening, they learned that cursing and speaking ugly words is not respecting others. Now they know to say sorry, please, thank you, not to lie, and to respect their mates, parents, and elders.

Valentina, one little girl in particular, shares our lessons and stories with her parents. She’s an example for her parents, reminding them not to speak bad words and to behave better. Her parents are encouraged by her behavior.

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Two women striving to end poverty for themselves
Two women striving to end poverty for themselves

Incredible strides are being made as we are continuing to work hard to bring about lasting transformation in the village of orgovska mahala. Currently, we have two groups of women with over 20 members and one group of children who meet regularly. We are focusing on helping them improve their physical and moral well-being.

For the children, we present lessons on a healthy lifestyle so that they can control and even prevent certain diseases. They learn to keep the area around their house clean. There are cases where children have raised blood sugar, so we talked about diet control and disease prevention.

With the donation from an NGO, the houses were renovated, bathrooms were built, and roofs of houses were changed, so the people will have better living conditions. So far, only a small number of apartments had bathrooms and hygiene was low.

Thanks to the Transformational Community Development (TCD) group, we have launched families to keep better hygiene and prevent poor sanitation that leads to illness. With the transfer of knowledge and the improved conditions, they image of the settlement has changed.

Alisa and Jelena have joined our TCD group. They have problems in their marriages, but in our training they learn about love and respect for their spouses. Their marriage relationships are gradually changing for the better. They want healthy marriages and healthy families.

Sadly, if we do not receive funding of at least $1000 per month soon, this project will no longer be viable.....please share and help as you are able.

 

 

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Global Hope Network International

Location: Orlando, FL - USA
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Global Hope Network International
Daniel Emig
Project Leader:
Daniel Emig
Orlando, FL United States

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