The aim of the project Together for a better future in Coroieni is to improve the way public services are provided to vulnerable people from Coroieni (Ponorâta). In the first of almost two years of the project, we achieved the following results:
1. We strengthened the structured way of working of the integrated local team (social workers, health community mediator, school mediator). They started to appreciate the role of regular work meetings. Together we monitored the progress of interventions for 3 families and collected detailed data for 21 families out of the 30 selected. Progress by family is small, given the multiple vulnerabilities, but it is there.
2. We mobilized local and county authorities to support the vulnerable community: 4 local action group and 2 county action group meetings.
3. We helped directly vulnerable children and their families, through:
a) educational programs: the core of children who attend school regularly has reached 182; 13 youngsters with leadership potential to attend the Youth Club; we supported 63 children through remedial education, 28 children through early literacy and personal development, 82 through sports education and 11 youngsters through literacy. Approx. 50% progressed educationally and 80% behaviourally. 15 children went to camp VIAȚA.
b) health, hygiene and childcare education for 133 girls and women.
4. 11 Ponorata residents have regularly attended Local Initiative Group meetings; 2 of them advocated for the needs of the community to the mayor and 2 women continue to be hired in the project.
5. Organised three community events: a Relay for Education, a medical caravan and a hall sanitation drive, each with 350 participants. In addition, we provided Christmas presents for 170 poor families.
6. Documented grassroots challenges and informed the authorities on ways to support them in solving the problems encountered through the advocacy component.
7. ensured the visibility of the project through a dedicated website, press briefings and information sent to county and national institutions, Facebook posts, newsletters and advocacy meetings.