The project is an emergent and prevention response to survival conditions of 92% of the Roma community working and living with waste in Albania. It will encourage participation models and listening to Roma’s voice, through use of social networks like development mechanisms. Informing on social media, building the denouncing directory at Riciklimi.al; the competition with photos and blogs from Roma and for the Roma will accompany this initiative.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Berat, Durres, Elbasan, Fier, Korca, Lezha, Shkoder, Tirana, Vlora
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Around 92% of the Roma community in Albania works and lives with waste, in conditions of extreme poverty, racial discrimination, high illiteracy level, ravaged housing, with no water and electricity, with a very limited access in use of social networks. Because of our work for many years with the community, we believe that accessing and using online platforms from the Roma will make their voice in the waste problematic, heard.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Participation of Roma in social networks and activities of this project will bring this problematic to the attention of local citizens and decision-makers, directly influencing in the improvement of living conditions of the Roma community working and living with waste in Albania but not only. It will also influence in the majority populaiton in the creation of a cohesive and democratic society, where human rights and freedom are respected.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
Our work until now has enabled us to create strong and direct relations with members of the Roma community living and working with waste. Also, partnership with Roma community organizations, recycling business and the communes with Roma community in Albania guarantees us on the success of this project in the long term.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
There will be over 24 members of the Roma community in Albania which will be trained in advance, on building online social networks on waste and encouraging their community to involve in it. The 24 members will enable involvement and access of 7636 Roma community members living and working with waste in online social networks, through informal education stimulation, participation in competitions etc.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices may contribute in the dissemination of this project beyond the national event in Albania making this initiative in a model for the Central and Eastern Europe Roma community working and living with waste or minorities throughout the world working and living in difficult conditions through the access in online social networks like forms influencing in the improvement of living conditions and in touching the change.
Environmental Center for Protection, Education and Rehabilitation (EPER Center)