There are 3,800 Roma people in Uzhgorod and they live in three dilapidated camps: Uzhansky, Yama, and Telman. They are enslaved in deep poverty accentuated by racism. Most Roma are non-religious, but there are some evangelicals among them. Most children are uneducated; fewer than 15% attend school.
"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."
As part of our ministry plan to reach the Roma people of Uzhgorod, we have partnered with local Roma Barons, Pastors, and other influential Roma people who want to see their community improve. We call this group the Alliance and together the group has identified 5 goals/projects for 2015 in the Roma community. Pictured above are children enjoying fresh clean water in the Radvanka camp from a well that we were able to install last year.
- Clinic repair- There is a clinic in Radvanka that has three very specific and crucial needs. 1- Waiting room (there is no waiting room that separates older individuals with things like tuberculosis from infants who are sick). 2- Hot water heater (there is no hot water for the clinicians and other individuals to wash their hands). 3- Sterilization equipment (there are no means for sterilizing equipment properly).
- Clean zones- Within the camps, it is important to have "clean zones" so that children and others will have a clean place to play. Last year we were able to organize garbage clean up days where individuals from local churches and Roma worked together to clean different areas in the camps. One church even installed a playground for the children in one of these "clean zones." It is our hope to continue to keep these zones clean.
- Sports room at School #13- School #13 is the school that most Roma children attend. There is a sports room that has turned more into a storage room. It is our hope to clean and repair this room and once we do this, the school officials have approved us to host after school programs there.
- Feeding program- Local Roma pastors host feeding programs for the children weekly, but there has not been any feeding program for older "pension year" adults. The Alliance has identified the need to have a weekly feeding program for these adults. The feeding program will cost about $200-300 a month.
- Road repair- There is a road that goes between Yama camp and Uzhansky camp. This road often floods and when it does, ambulances refuse to drive through it. This causes a problem because when there is an emergency, this road is the fastest road that connects these to camps. The Alliance has identified this as a need and plans to find a way to repair the road.
For more information, contact Douglass Landro.