European Union Project
For over 20 years, Veritas has been taking the pulse of the social needs in the Sighisoara community. Identified needs include medical services (in conjunction with social services), job training, housing, education and anti-discrimination training. Veritas worked with the Sighisoara City Hall, the Miron Neagu elementary school, and Centru de Resurse Comunitare Pentru Romi ( Resource Center for Roma Communities, based in Cluj) to submit a grant for European funds to address these needs. The grant was approved and in October the work to carry out the programs outlined in the grant was begun.
Partnering to find solutions for problems in the community is not common. For the City Hall, Veritas and Miron Neagu to work at various components on a common grant is a first for Sighisoara. The grant funding is for 10 months a year for three years. Veritas will provide the social medical services and some of the educational components of the project.
The three years over which this grant is spread, means the majority of the Veritas staff, particularly director Petra Popa (who will manage the grant), will be spending many hours working with the partners to make sure that paperwork is completed and all details of carrying out the grant are completed satisfactorily.
Several staff have been hired through grant funding and funds will also be used for the social canteen (meal program for children and teens) which provides breakfast and lunch daily for those attending the Veritas children and teen programs.
This grant marks another step in the continued cooperation between Veritas and its neighbors in Sighisoara, to benefit the Roma people and the entire community.