Support to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Mitrovicë/a
With funding from Sida, represented by the Embassy of Sweden in Pristina, Danish Refugee Council Kosovo will continue its work in Roma Mahalla, Mitrovicë/a. This final 4-year phase of the project aims to contribute to the stabilization and integration process of Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian women, men, girls and boys in Mitrovicë/a by providing the tools and support necessary for members of the RAE and vulnerable members of the majority community to improve their future opportunities in education, employment and civic participation in a multi-ethnic Kosovo. The project focuses on 3 main components:
- Education: The Learning Centre Roma Mahalla supports the communities' educational needs with pre-school and homework support classes, adult literacy classes and a scholarship programme for adult and youth school drop-outs
- Economic development: The Social Business Incubator (SBI) supports existing and new businesses through mentoring, business advisory services, equipment and work space and provides certified preparatory vocational trainings that equip participants with the skills necessary to improve their employability
- Civic participation: Capacity-building of LNGOs and local authorities, community outreach activities and information on civic rights and duties are integrated into project activities in order to aid the communities' ability to exercise their rights and duties as Kosovo citizens
In close collaboration with Mitrovicë/a Municipality, linkages between the RAE community, local authorities and the private sector will be further strengthened in order to contribute to the RAE community’s equality in respect to the rest of Kosovo citizens and to promote their gradual independence from external (international) aid.
The Support to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Mitrovicë/a is funded by Sida.