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“An ant cannot overthrow a mountain, but it can move it slowly, piece by piece”

Marin Preda

``S.M.A.R.T. - multifunctional anti-poverty services for reintegration and transformation``

Promoter: Association “Christian Mission Salvation Army of Romania”

Partner: Salvation Army Norway

The value of the financing: 1,371,000 euros

Implementation period: December 2019 – December 2022


Social media: Armata Salvarii SMART (Facebook)


Often, the most vulnerable social groups do not have access to quality educational, medical, and social services. Through interventions aimed at improving the lives of the most disadvantaged social groups in Bucharest, Ploiesti, and Iasi, the project aims to help solve the problems of homelessness, school dropout, the phenomenon of labor exploitation, illness, and premature death.


Direct interventions target 1,600 beneficiaries, of whom 1,050 are homeless, by creating a multiregional community model of intervention, which includes the provision of care, food, hygiene products, distribution of clothes and sleeping bags, and social counseling. and information. Beneficiaries are identified on the street and are helped to obtain identity documents, social assistance, access to shelters, medical services, and secure apartments for victims of human trafficking. In order to protect beneficiaries from the danger of human trafficking and exploitation through work or sex and to help them find a job, job advertisements that are potentially misleading will be checked. The activities will be carried out through three centers in Bucharest (counseling center), Ploiești, and Iași (day centers).


The project provides educational services for 300 children and young people who have left the education system or are at risk of dropping out of school, with a focus on Roma children. Good practice interventions at local, national, and international level will be collected and promoted through an online portal, creating platforms for social and civic dialogue between the municipalities of the three cities where the project takes place and civil society (employers, unions, NGOs) to create a higher level of social and economic cohesion that promotes community development.


The partnership with Salvation Army Norway, through the transfer of working methodologies and know-how, bilateral visits, support in project management and implementation, will bring important added value to the project, efforts being focused on identifying solutions for the inclusion of Roma citizens living in Oslo, Norway.


Interim results (August 2020)


– two information campaigns: “Well-Being for Everyone”, a campaign structured around the concepts of combating poverty and promoting well-being and “Acceptance without discrimination” campaign aimed at improving the quality of education and social inclusion services for people from disadvantaged groups from Bucharest, Ploiești and Iași;
– 3 Romanian citizens repatriated from Norway with the support of the Counseling Center from Bucharest;
– 781 beneficiaries (homeless people and other vulnerable categories) out of a total of 1600, almost 50% of the target group is identified and receives services from EMAS (Mobile Salvation Army Team) information services, counseling, occasional street help, medical evaluations and medical treatments. In addition, hygienic and sanitary materials and temperature-scanning services were distributed to prevent diseases caused by the COVID virus 19;
– 142 children from Iași and Ploiești, beneficiaries of educational and social services online and in day care centers în Iași and Ploiești;
– 49  families in need from Iași and 48 adults in difficulty from Ploiesti, beneficiaries of counseling sessions;

“Integrated replicable interventions for inclusive housing and combating marginalization in the Cluj Metropolitan Area”

Promoter: Intercommunity Development Association Cluj Metropolitan Area

Partners: Cluj-Napoca Social and Medical Assistance Department; Babeș Bolyai University; Bergen City Hall, Norway

The value of the financing: 4,271,498.15 euro

Implementation period: December 2019 – December 2022


Social media: Zona Metropolitană Cluj (Facebook)

On the outskirts of one of the most developed cities in Romania, Cluj-Napoca (Cluj County), the community from Pata Rât found in the landfill a place to survive in the most difficult conditions. The project aims to reduce residential, social, and economic inequalities between the community in Pata Rât, composed of severely deprived families, most often of Roma ethnicity, and the majority population in Cluj-Napoca.

Segregation is combated by providing adequate social housing and ongoing support services for a minimum of 30 families in Pata Rât, and by ensuring access to public psycho-social, educational, health, and urban transport services for 750 residents in Pata Rât in difficult situations. Also, 800 children from the Cluj metropolitan area in primary school will benefit from non-formal educational support services meant to improve their skills, school participation leading to a reduction in school dropout rates.

Thanks to the partnership with the Municipality of Bergen, Norway, 30 specialists relevant to the implementation of the project will be trained on social housing and innovative social services. Thus, the transfer of know-how and good practices with the Norwegian side will contribute to the development of a relocation and social inclusion methodology and a set of public policy recommendations in the field of housing. These tools will strengthen the institutional capacity of local and national actors with responsibilities in the field of housing to respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups.

Interim results (October 2020):

– the set up and licensing of the Community Social Center (CCS), which started providing social and medical services
– 61 vulnerable people benefited through CCS from social services such as granting the minimum income, granting allowances for children, employment, disability counseling, etc.
– 41 vulnerable people, beneficiaries of services to facilitate access to medical services, and 11 children were registered on the lists of family doctors.
– 41 children from communities, at risk of dropping out of school or out of school, participate in non-formal education activities. The children benefited from educational materials and receive a cold snack at each participation in the activity.
– 16 young people were identified in the target group for support provided to adolescents from families benefiting from the previous relocation program. Support sessions take place weekly.
– 4 8th grade students, residents in the Pata Rât area, who benefited from meditations or mentoring activities, continued school, high school or vocational school. Two of them entered top high schools in Cluj-Napoca, being the first students from Pata-Rât to succeed in this.
– The field work of the research team of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University (UBB), which deals with the elaboration of the relocation and inclusion methodology of the people living in the marginalized urban area of ​​Pata Rât, has been completed. Thus, four community consultations were conducted, which revealed the need to conduct interviews with one member from each household in the coastal communities of Dallas. Therefore, 280 structured interviews were conducted, covering approx. 90% of the targeted households.
– 20 specialists involved in the project (social workers, psychologists and community facilitators of the Cluj Metropolitan Area and the Cluj-Napoca Social and Medical Assistance Directorate, as well as the research team from the “Babeș-Bolyai” University) participated in a workshop supported by videoconference by representatives of the Norwegian city of Bergen on good housing;
– 3,700 food packages that provided the necessary ten days for disadvantaged people in the Pata Rât area were distributed before the Easter Feast (April 13-22, 2020) to mitigate the effects of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus.