On March 7th 2012, in the premises of EHO, the mayor of Odžaci, Predrag Cvetanović and the director of EHO, Vladislav Ivičiak, signed a Contract on a project grant agreed between two parties for purpose of implementation of EHO project “Social Inclusion and Improvement of Living Conditions of Roma in the AP Vojvodina, R. Serbia”.
The project anticipates the improvement of living conditions for the 32 most endangered families of Roma ethnicity living in settlement Čerga in the village of Deronje, municipality of Odžaci.
During the project there will be also offered other services of the Roma Resource Centre of the Ecumenical Humanitarian Organization (EHO RRC), such as educational assistance, vocational training, employment and self-employment, consultations and assistance in exercising certain rights.
In November 2011, EHO signed a Guarantee of financial participation on the project with the municipality of Odžaci and after the signing of the Contract on the project grant all the conditions have been met for funds to be transferred to the EHO account.
The municipality of Odžaci is participating in the project with RSD 1,800,000.00 and EHO with RSD 4,917,250.00.
The municipality of Odžaci had during the last two years carried out also other infrastructure investments – asphalting streets, emergency reconstructions of the houses and converting constructions to condominium in the settlement Čerga, in the village of Deronje, municipality of Odžaci in worth of RSD 2.7 million.
In addition to the project in the municipality of Odžaci, EHO RRC will act in the municipality of Ruma (Donji Petrovci) and Plandište (Margita), and also in Novi Sad (Adice).
For the year 2012 it is planned to improve the housing conditions in these 4 villages for 130 families who have no sanitation minimum. By the end of 2012 the Roma will build approximately 100 septic tanks, 130 bathrooms and in approximately 70 houses damaged parts will undergo small house repairs.
International and local partners:
- HEKS (Swiss Interchurch Aid), Switzerland
- SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), Switzerland
- FOM (Federal Office for Migration), Switzerland
- The Principality of Liechtenstein
- NCA (Norwegian Church Aid), Norway
- MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Norway