“zefiR. Together for Empowerment” is the initiative of a consortium coordinated by Terre des hommes and formed of Amare Rromentza, Împreună Agency, PACT Foundation and Pestalozzi Foundation. Habitat for Humanity Romania and SASTIPEN have also joined us in the project as associated partners. Through this project, the consortium aims at improving the access to education and healthcare for over 20.000 people in rural and small urban areas, from 12 communities, in three districts from South-West Romania: Olt, Dolj and Gorj. The population targeted in this project are persons that belong to vulnerable groups, mainly Roma, especially women, young people and children.

zefiR is based on an integrated approach regarding health and education as main areas of intervention, alongside housing – as a complementary field, based on community development as an underlying approach. Throughout the 46 months of the project, the beneficiaries and the other members of the 12 communities are involved directly in all stages of the implementation, from the participatory analysis of the community needs, to the impact assessment, with wide participation of all interested stakeholders.

The consortium aims at building strong communities and links between Roma and other ethnic groups, focusing on three directions of action: improving access to quality educational and health services and increasing the capacity of the 12 communities for long term action.

Thereby, zefiR is not another project for Roma, but a new approach, in which the target groups from the three counties will be directly involved in the process, both for building trust in the community, and also to ensure that the identified solutions are sustainable on the long term. The intervention in each community will first of all be adapted to the real needs, as locally identified, but also will follow the integration between sectors.

At the end of the project:

  • 1’180 children have improved access to quality education services at kindergarten and primary schools and improved homework conditions at home;
  • 3’000 children aged 0-17 years and 507 pregnant and lactating mothers have improved access to quality health services.
  • 12 communities are empowered and benefit from improved perception at local, district and national levels, enhanced self- esteem, improved problem solving capabilities and enriched intercommunity dialogue.