This year we supported the largest number of children. A total of 377 Roma children from Momin Potok, Zlokukjani, Gjorche Petrov, Madjari, Klanica, Topana, Shuto Orizari and Vardarishte were beneficiaries of our activities. We provided humanitarian aid for 900 poor Roma families. Throughout the school year, we carried out additional classes for the children in need of after-school educational support in 5 schools.
This year we supported 303 children, 268 from elementary education and 38 from the evening school for adults A.S. Makarenko. The Street Social Work continued in full swing. We were constantly visiting the children and their families, talking and counseling them for the problems they were facing. We held 36 informative workshops with 720 parents in three schools.
We supported 250 Roma children, 225 from elementary education and 25 from the evening school for adults A.S. Makarenko. We continued providing material support and our Street Social Work as previously explained. We carried out 5 workshops with 125 parents, empowering them to participate in the parents ‘councils at the schools and informing them of the circumstances and reforms in the educational system.
We were developing the Youth Centre slowly by broadening the activities. We introduced creative workshops which raised big interest and were attended by all 60 children in the Centre.
We held 8 workshops with 160 parents on the topic of prevention of potential migration to EU countries to address the increased number of Roma seeking asylum in the Western European countries.
We strengthened the Youth Centre with new activities, including Computer Skills workshops for all the children who showed interest in improving their skills. 150 parents acquired knowledge for infectious diseases and the ways of prevention through the health education workshops we did with our partner H.E.R.A. Health Education and Research Association. We held 10 workshops with 150 parents intended to empower the parents to take active role in their children’s educatio
This school year, until the end of 2013, we supported 260 children. 103 went on educative field trips and visited cultural and historical sites and monuments.For the second time we organized the tournament ‘Games without Frontiers’ with the children from the Youth Centre. This year we also had the children from Daily Care Centre for Street Children-Shuto Orizari participate. We delivered humanitarian aid to 900 families in need.
With the support of Schuler Helfen Leben, we began implementing a new project called Educative Centre Nadez through which we give additional educational support to 70 Roma children. The Step by Step foundation granted us support for a Preschool Centre for 40 Roma children from Shuto Orizari aged 4 and 5. With the professional support from Zelenata Arka, Irina and the children of C.S.I. Nadez planted a Permaculture garden outside of the Educative Centre Nadez, which taught the children important lessons about growing food.
We had an exchange of students between our organization and the local primary school in Tearce, Tetovo. This project was supported by Schuler Helfen Leben, and was organized by our volunteer sent by that organization, Jule Kuhn. She was helped by our other volunteer Jennifer, and by several other young people from Germany who volunteer in the organizations Center for Education and Development (CED) from Tearce and the Center for Balkan Cooperation LOJA from Tetovo.
With the support of USA Embassy Skopje, we have published the first students newspaper – “YOUTH VOICE”, with main aim to raise awareness of the importance of quality education among Roma youth living in the Shuto Orizari Municipality. Total of 50 students from “Brothers Ramiz-Hamid” elementary school were part of the teams that created the content of the newspaper, and total of 6 issues of the newspaper were published.
15 young Roma women were empowered and gained skills, as well as certificates for hairdressers, manicure and make-up services within the project “Providing additional qualifications for Roma women and laying foundation for their engagement in social enterprise-beauty salon in Shuto Orizari”. After the training they had an opportunity for practical work in the Educative salon ROMNI and to start preparing for working as mobile team for beauty services in Shuto Orizari Municipality.
The platform was created by the Association CSI NADEZ within the project “Inspire, motivate, act for better education”, supported by the Step by Step Foundation Macedonia, through the project ARISE which is funded by the European Union.