Bosnia Herzegovina: The Other Side of the Story – Roma Population
Roma in BiH are the most numerous minority group. The exact number of Roma is not known. The Kakanj municipality today is one with the highest Roma population, but they are not represented in media. Our NGO is the owner of web portal called Kaportal.ba. We want to buil a series of stories about Roma population in our city: 10 articles and media campaign called The other side of the story: Roma population, to unbias comunity about Roma population.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
Roma have a very unenviable social and economic position in post-war BiH. In our municipality – Kakanj- the estimated number of Roma comunity is 1000. They are ussually uneducated, with no jobs, and 70 per cent of Romani cannot provide for their basic physical existence. Trought this project we want to put media pressure on local goverment to provide them better living. Only 5 per cent Roma housholds have computer and internet.
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Adnan Talić, director of NGO KA MREŽA KAKANJ https://www.facebook.com/adnan.talic88 AND THE DIRECTOR OF WEB PAGE www.kaportal.ba
Semir Mušija, member of KA MREŽA
Emina Mušija, member of KA MREŽA https://www.facebook.com/minceeek?fref=ts
Haris Aljukić, member of KA MREŽA https://www.facebook.com/haris.aljukic.3?fref=ts
Boris Franjić, member of KA MREŽA https://www.facebook.com/franjic.boris?fref=ts
Toni rodić, member of KA MREŽA https://www.facebook.com/rodic.toni?fref=ts
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
We want to create series of articles – media campaign about life of Roma population in our comunity. It includes video stories (5 video stories distributed trogh Youtube service), blog articles (10 written articles), banners with positive messages about Roma comunity on web portal Kaportal.ba ( 1214 position on alexa.com in BiH, the most popular news portal in our comunity), and series of Kakanj's Roma population art photography by professional photographer.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
We established connections with representatives of Roma comunity in Kakanj – “Omladinska romska inicijativa” (Youth Roma initiative) and representatives of Municipality of Kakanj. They will provide us the exact nuber and data about our target group.
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
None of participants will be trained but stories about 10 different Roma families will be told and we estimate it will be read by 60 000 people, which is higher than population of our Municipality.
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Web site kaportal.ba
Youtube channel (Documentaries about Roma population)
Facebook page Kaportal.ba – news and magazine site
This technology is the most widespread and it is easiest way to get to the reader. Also it's the easiest to use.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
Workshops will not be held. Working on project ( writing, video editing, coordinating will be held in the facilities of our NGO – with 2 computers and broadband cable network). We also own one digital camera and video and photo editing software.
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
We are media NGO and we can provide best media attention about this comunity. We built internet media site Kaportal.ba and for a year we climbed to the most popular site in our region. Young team with knowledge and professionality is waht makes us the most appropriate for this project.
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
We could expect a little lack of Roma interest for participation – they are not familiar with new technologies, but we will overcome that by explaining the purpose of the project. No security concernes are made.
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
Succes will be introducing comunity with Roma population, it can be measured in numbers (how muceach article has bean read or video has been wached) (Google analytics, youtube analytics, facebook analytics) but also it can be measured by obtaining Municipaliti inclusion in solving Roma problems. (Education, infrasctructure, economic situation…)
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
01.06.-15.06. introducing Roma comunity with the project, getting data in Municipalities cooperating with Roma NGOs, preparing families for reports, preparing individuals and logistics.
15.06.-30.06. collecting media (Video's, stories, photos) and making banners for media campaign
30.06.- 30.09. Run series of articles (one each week) and banners on site Kaportal.ba
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Internet acces for three months……………………….100 US Dollars
Travel costs……………………………………………….450 US Dollars
Coordinator expenses…………………………………….300 US Dollars
Photographer costs……………………………………….550 US Dollars
Video editing costs………………………………………..330 US Dollars
Banners for media campaign………………………………150 US Dollars
Total:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::1880 US Dollars
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
This project does not need any other kind off support.
NGO “KA MREŽA” KAKANJ