10 January 2014

“OvidiuRo operates in rural communities where the poorest of the poor are ethnic Roma. “There are these pockets of poverty hidden behind apartment buildings or on the edge of towns,” Hawke says. “There is little interaction between these Roma and the rest of Romanian society: Educated Roma don’t like to admit their ethnicity for fear of what people will think.”

“Over the years the NGO has slowly grown and now supports more than 1,300 children in 20 high-risk communities, with plans to expand to 1,700 children soon. “OvidiuRo has become a crucial component of education reform in Romania,” Ms. Sturdza says.”

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