“Promoting the traditions of Roma from Hârșova City”
of the Social Integration and Development Association Muntenia
ADIS Muntenia is a Roma NGO who has been active in the South-East of Romania since 2014. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people by promoting and developing measures of integration and community development in social, economic, educational and cultural fields. To improve the living standard of Roma people, we implemented in 2016 a project “I get involve, I win!” financed by Civic Innovation Fund. 15 volunteers were trained in civic mobilization field. They were involved in promotion of voluntary and civic responsibility activities – awareness campaigns. Now we are implementing the project “They will never forget!” financed by EVZ Foundation (Berlin), aiming to improve health and social conditions for 30 survivors of Roma Genocide from Ialomita County, providing them support services and contributing to their societal recognition as a victim of Holocaust.
About the project:
From the cultural point of view, there are three types of Roma in Romania. Roma who were fully assimilated; Roma who keep only the language and Roma who keep all their traditions and customs. The perception of the Roma who still preserve cultural and linguistic values is a negative one, both from the majority and the assimilated Roma people who deny their identity. Through this project, we want to show both, the majority population and the Roma who lost contact with cultural values, that there is a Roma culture, much more complex with traditions and priceless values. We will establish a dance and theatre band by selecting 15 children aged between 9 and 14. The selected Roma traditional songs will be both in Romanian and in Romani language. Also, the theatre play will be illustrative for the Romani culture. After the band will be prepared (rehearsals, traditional costumes), they will go to perform in the five cities on the Danube (Cernavoda, Fetesti, Calarasi, Giurgiu and Galati). With this kind of activities we want to remember to all people how important is to keep Roma culture and identity and how important is to increase awareness about the low interest in preserving the cultural values of Roma people.
We think it is very important to make Roma people and Romanian and European institutions aware of the danger of losing Roma culture and identity and increase the awareness about the low interest in preserving the cultural values of Roma people.
Person in charge: Daniel Ganea