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NANTES, FRANCE. Supporting homeless persons.

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Objective : To support homeless persons in NANTES, FRANCE.

Location of the action: NANTES („Pays de la Loire” region), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed : 

March 2019 : Our N.G.O. sent out several Teams of volunteers in the area of NANTES, FRANCE to provide homeless persons with concrete food aid, to make them aware of their rights, to encourage them to relocate, with the French Right to Housing Law. This dynamic approach enables the creation of social link and relationships of trust with homeless persons. 

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Supporting Homeless persons in Nantes.

Supporting Homeless persons in Nantes.

Supporting Homeless persons in Nantes.

Supporting Homeless persons in Nantes.

NANTES. Field missions for Romanian families.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of schoolbags. To promote children’s rights, living in discriminated communities, and their right to education.

Location of the action: area of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed – September to December 2018 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of schoolbags, school supplies, toys, chocolates with pralin, for families Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties (caravans, muddy campground, driving rain) in the area of NANTES.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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Field missions with Romanian families.

4 keys to successful Roma inclusion.

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Working with Roma: Participation and empowerment of local communities 

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to local inclusion but four key elements can boost the chances of success, finds the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights’ latest report.

“Roma are subject to persistent discrimination, marginalisation and are shunned by society,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “To break the cycle of poverty borne out of such exclusion, Roma need to be fully involved and fully engaged in any integration efforts that target them.”

The Working with Roma: Participation and empowerment of local communitiesreport draws on lessons learnt from Roma participation in local integration activities in 21 places across 11 Member States. They covered such activities as local housing, education and employment.

Looking across all activities, four key success factors emerge:

  1. Participation: Roma should be meaningfully engaged in projects and policies from start to end. This includes agreeing on specific goals and outcomes, and addressing issues that meet people’s needs, such as adequate housing, education, and jobs. They should also have a real role in decision-making and jointly creating the change they want to achieve.
  2. Trust: As Roma communities and local authorities are often frustrated after repeated efforts that result in little progress, building trust is vital. When planning new activities, focusing on previous successful projects and trusted local authorities, community members and networks who are willing to help also improves success.
  3. Communications: Clear, accessible and targeted communications about aims, what participation actually means, as well as project budgets and whether participation is voluntary or paid, can create real understanding and buy-in of inclusion efforts. It also helps manage expectations. In addition, taking time to support people to properly engage and voice opinions can lead to more sustainable commitments.
  4. Community relations: It is important to know the different relationships within local communities when planning projects. This ensures people who can champion the project are fully on board. It helps to address interests that are shared by Roma and non-Roma alike, such as housing or employment. Allowing all sides to engage in respectful dialogue with local authorities can also improve the chances of success.

Learn more : Press-release/2018/4-keys-successful-roma-inclusion

Council of Europe. Article 31 of the European Social Charter states that everyone has the Right to Housing.

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COUNCIL OF EUROPE, STRASBOURG, FRANCE. 

▶ „Article 31 – The Right to Housing

With a view to ensuring the effective exercise of the right to housing, the Parties undertake to take measures designed:

  • to promote access to housing of an adequate standard ;
  • to prevent and reduce homelessness with a view to its gradual elimination ;
  • to make the price of housing accessible to those without adequate resources”.

▶ To celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2018), the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe organised a working session on Article 31 of the European Social Charter which states that everyone has the Right to Housing. The lack of respect for the right to housing has serious impact on the health of those concerned, on their access to the labour market, education, protection, privacy, autonomy. In other words, it impedes them from living a dignified life. Article 31 is therefore a cornerstone, the respect of which guarantees the fundamental rights laid down in the European Social Charter.

The European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights took part in this day with the preparation of recommendations for the implementation of Article 31 of the European Social Charter, following the decisions and conclusions recently adopted by the European Committee of Social Rights.

▶ Failure to respect the right to housing violates this article. Considering the limited number of Council of Europe member States that have accepted article 31 (14 so far), other articles of the Charter provide equivalent protection for the right to housing such as Article 16 which deals with the right of the family to legal and economic social protection or Article 11 relating to right to health. In addition, cases of national jurisprudence condemning „sleep merchants” (owners who rent substandard housing) have been discussed, as well as recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

The European Social Charter is a Treaty of the Council of Europe that guarantees fundamental social and economic rights, which is the counterpart of the European Convention on Human Rights, which refers to civil and political rights. It guarantees a wide range of everyday human rights related to employment, housing, health, education, social protection and social services.

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European Social Charter

Nantes. Access to education for Roma and Romanian children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of schoolbags. To promote children’s rights, living in discriminated communities, and their right to education.

Location of the action : area of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

September 2018 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of schoolbags to Roma and Romanian children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in the area of NANTES.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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Distribution of schoolbags.

Distribution of schoolbags.

Integration of ethnic and national minorities : Roma and Romanian persons with their children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of of Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of meals and moral support. To restore the human dignity of Roma and Romanian persons, with their children. To promote children’s rights and their right to education.

Location of the action : areal of NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

April 2018 (Easter) : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distributions of chocolates to Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in the area of NANTES, and to give them a human and moral support.

Learn more : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.  (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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OENDDF Team in action on a Romanian camp. Didier, Anne.

Distribution of chocolates on a Romanian camp.

OENDDF Young Team on a Romanian camp. Léna, Anaïs, Marie.

Distribution of chocolates on a Romanian camp.

Street work with women living in very precarious situations. TOURS, FRANCE

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Objective : To help women living in very precarious situations. 

Location of the action : TOURS , FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

June 2017 One of our Teams of volunteers has made a great Street Work, to meet homeless women who are raising children alone, and to face the challenges of their situation so they can have material needs provided and self-confidence.

Here is Maria, of Romanian origin, mother of two young children, who has made active efforts to find a job in France and who wants to be integrated socially and professionally.

The European Observatory for Non-Discrimination and Fundamental Rights (E.O.N.D.F.R.) has developed an extensive and in-depth expertise in the field of understanding the challenges with isolated homeless persons.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

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Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

Street Work with Maria

Integration of ethnic and national minorities, especially Roma and Romanian persons with their young children.

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Objective : To encourage the integration of of Roma and Romanian persons, and their young children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE. To provide for free distribution of meals and moral support. To restore the human dignity of Roma and Romanian persons, with their young children. To promote children’s rights and their right to education.

Location of the action : NANTES (44), FRANCE.

Means and resources deployed :

July and August 2016 : Our Association sent out a Team of volunteers to organize free distribution operations of meals to Roma and Romanian persons, and their young children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in NANTES (REZE, FRANCE) and to give them a human and moral support. These operations took place with food gifts of Carrefour Market Nantes, our partner of this summer, and with private funds.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights : “For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe“.(http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/roma).

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

Photo Granita Juillet 2016

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

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July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian persons.

Photo Maria Juillet 2016

July and August 2016. Distribution of free meals to Roma and Romanian children.

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Integration of ethnic and national minorities. National campaign in FRANCE to help Roma and Romanian persons to encourage the learning of the French language.

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Objective : To promote the integration of Roma and Romanian persons, and their children, living in extreme material and moral difficulties in FRANCE, through :

  • learning of the French language to promote a better integration in FRANCE ;
  • fight against existing discrimination, including those of local authorities ;
  • free distribution of meals ;
  • human and moral support.

Location of the action : National Campaign : Focus Cities: NICE, PARIS, VERSAILLES (FRANCE) and MUNICH (GERMANY).

Means and resources deployed :

August – September – October – November 2015: Sending out several Teams of volunteers of our Association, in FRANCE, for a national campaign of learning of French langage,  with Roma and Romanian persons, facing extreme material and moral difficulties, living in slums with illiterate condition, and for a human and moral support. Free distribution of meals and sharing of meals build trust. Assessment of their level of understanding of the French language and material assistance to develop their learning ability of French langage.

Field for intervention targeted by the European Commission : Europe 2020 Strategy. European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion.

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights : „For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, with an estimated population of 10-12 million in Europe, approximately six million of whom live in the EU, Roma people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe„. (http://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/roma).

Volunteers in Versailles, with Nicolae, october 2015

Photo de Nicolae

Volunteers in Versailles, with Giorgio, october 2015

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Volunteers in Nice, helping roms children begging in the street, august 2015

Roms à Nice

Reading methods for young illiterate children

Livres de lecture

Volunteers in Paris (14ème), helping a romanian family, september 2015

Photo d'une famille roumaine Paris

Volunteers in Münich, Germany, october 2015

SDF Munich