miercuri, 17 februarie 2016

Doghi, Dan Pavel - Romarising

Doghi, Dan Pavel - Romarising


Doghi, Dan Pavel 
What an honour to visit the REF in Budapest, and find there Mr Doghi, Higher Education Programme Manager. Voice of prompt ability, authority. Within him, such belief that, Yes, we can get there. The summary of his accomplishment is rather wilting: extensive NGO work in Romania, central to the celebrated first Roma-focused PHARE programme within Romania, Advocacy Fellow at Public Interest Law Initiative (Columbia University Budapest), Officer in the OSCE ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues, Member of the Board of the ERRC, Programme Coordinator at the Open Society Foundation’s spin-off Resource Center for Roma Communities in Cluj. Former National Director of REF Romania, and, of course, central to the Roma Education Fund’s tertiary education scholarship program right now. As with others, it is possible to imagine him Minister of Education.

Doghi Pavel - Romarising

Doghi Pavel - Romarising

“I grew up in a family of Roma musicians- violinists. My grandfather was a musician and also a trained shoemaker during Soviet times.

My father was also a violinist. He died at thirty-three when I was only five leaving my twenty-seven year old mother to raise four children."

“Because I grew up in an integrated community, not a traditional Roma community, I did not experience a lot of discrimination unlike my darker skinned brothers. When I completed school at sixteen, I had a chance to continue my education, but my mother needed me to help her so I had to go to work. I began work at a shoe factory in Cluj Napoca. Because I was only sixteen, I had to get permission to work from communist party. I worked there until 1998. At that point I received skilled training and became a master shoemaker. My wife, Terezia and I opened our own firm, making and selling shoes.”

In 1993, soon after the fall of Soviet control, Pavel joined a Romani political party. In 1996, his son Dan founded an NGO “Amare Phrala” (Our Brothers). Pavel has now been involved with Amare Phrala for over twenty years.

Pavel and his wife have four sons. He knew it would be difficult for his children to remain in Romania after the end of Soviet control because Romania has no tradition of democracy. The Roma were the first to lose their jobs in Cluj. They moved back to the rural areas, but without land they had no livelihood. “Non Roma were given back the land taken away by the communists, but the Roma did not own the land they worked.”

Pavel’s eldest son Dan is currently in Budapest, Hungary where he is Higher Education Program Manager with the Roma Education Fund and a member of the board of the European Roma Rights Centre. Pavel credits progress in his own career to his son’s encouragement.

Paul, the second son, is in Sweden with his family working in construction. He has obtained a technical degree and plans to open his own firm. His third son Alin has been living in Northern Ireland for the past fifteen years. He is working in the IT field. He is married to an Irish woman and has one child. The youngest boy, Tiberiu is the only son still in Romania. He and his mother, Terezia, recently opened a produce market in the neighborhood where the family lives.

“My work with Amare Phrala has allowed me to fulfill goals that I never dreamed possible. Funds maybe limited and inconsistent, yet we persist.” An example Pavel cited to illustrate the human rights work of Amare Phrala, is a recent court settlement regarding the eviction of a Roma neighborhood in Cluj near a garbage dump. Municipal police, with the mayor’s tacit support, burned down the settlement in the middle of the night to force families to evacuate. Houses and property were destroyed, and people injured. The NGO petitioned the municipality for restitution. The European Roma Rights Centre provided Amare Phrala with a lawyer. The court ruled that the municipality must pay damages of 2000€ to each family and provide housing for Roma within the city of Cluj Napoca.

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marți, 9 septembrie 2014

EU funds helping disadvantaged in Romania

EU funds helping disadvantaged in Romania 10/07/2014 A Romanian city uses EU funds to assist socially disadvantaged groups. By Paul Ciocoiu for Southeast European Times in Bucharest -- 10/07/14 photo A Romanian city hopes to help its socially-disadvantaged population, including ethnic Roma. [AFP] Cluj-Napoca, a city in northwest Romania, is using 4.1 million euros from the European Union for several projects to create jobs and educate children from socially disadvantaged groups. One of the projects is a children's centre to be opened this fall, which will be filled with furniture, appliances and teaching materials, a playground and facilities for people with disabilities. "Access to this centre is for children from socially disfavored groups, such as families with no or little resources and whose children face the risk of dropping out of school or not being able to integrate in the mass education.

These children come to the centre for half a year or two years and benefit from extra assistance to integrate," Oana Buzatu, a spokeswoman for the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, told SETimes.

Local Roma leaders such as Pavel Doghi, president of the Roma NGO Amara Phrala, said education is crucial for the social inclusion of ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups. "Education is extremely important for Roma integration. So education is a must. Because those Roma who were reserved to send their children to school for various reasons have realised that without education their children have no future. And this optics has also changed thanks to us, the civil society, who have carried out projects for this purpose," Doghi told SETimes. 

Buzatu says other EU-funded projects are under way, including one in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme to build a waste sorting and recycling hall near the Pata Rat community, which will offer jobs to Roma who live there. Two housing projects for the Roma are also planned. Ioan Bumbu, a Roma activist and a member of several independent bodies that advocate for Roma rights, said the work is important to the Roma community. "I can truly say that EU funds have been used to intervene in some Roma communities with very good results in improving Roma's overall situation. This is indeed a continuous and difficult process, but in the end it represents a real chance for the Roma communities," Bumbu told SETimes. What other steps can be taken to assist the Roma community? Share your ideas in the comment section.

Source: http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/audio_story/2014/07/10/audio_story-06
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