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Roma social inclusion program

One of the key Dorcas priorities is to provide support for the minorities, marginalized and disadvantaged groups of society.

Dorcas started to work with Roma children since 2000 at the west of Ukraine (Transcarpathia region) and since 2010 at the east of Ukraine (Dnipro region). Since the beginning Dorcas helped at least 4000 Roma people (both children and their parents).

The main problems that caused Dorcas Ukraine to work with Roma children were as follows:

  • illiteracy;
  • poor hygiene;
  • social isolativeness; and
  • poor living conditions.

Together with local partners Dorcas Ukraine started to connect with Roma children and their parents by arranging camps. Later other services were provided for Roma families such as:

  • educational programs;
  • hygiene lessons;
  • assistance in documents restoration;
  • pre-school programs;
  • daily center for schoolchildren;
  • early marriage and early pregnancy prevention counselling;
  • money management skills;
  • AIDS and tuberculosis prevention lessons;
  • life skills lessons; and
  • vocational guidance.

All the programs are implemented at the premises of implementing partners.

Due to such programs school graduates have more chances to enter the higher educational establishments. Also Dorcas Ukraine provides financial support for such higher educational establishments students. For those who are not able or do not want to enter higher educational establishments Dorcas Ukraine provides car mechanic and hair dresser trainings.

As a condition to be part of Dorcas Ukraine Roma social inclusion program is to provide assistance to the needy having received such assistance from Dorcas. So few daily center graduates started to work as social workers at daily center to help Roma children and their parents.

Dorcas Ukraine also helps Roma families via GMS (General Material Support) project. In 2017 approximately 450 Roma people were supported.

Dorcas Ukraine plans to start new development project with Roma people in 2018.

If you want to support this project, please go to Donate page.

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