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Tarlungeni in Romania is a small Roma community. The Roma people are gypsy people - the
original gypsies not the kind you UK people associate with Irish people.





When you first enter Tarlungeni, it is easy to miss a whole community of people
living their lives in extreme poverty. However, if you look carefully to the right as
you cross the bridge over the Tarlung River, you slowly make out timber shacks in
various forms of disrepair that house an entire Roma community of 1800 people.

It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.

Recently 'The team of 7' from 'Mission to Eastern Europe' were to be the first
group of volunteers to take that step into the community. The task for the week
was to help one of the most needy families, Sorin & Lucica and their 9 children,
lay the foundations for their new home.





This visit from the UK is part of the Better Homes Project, which the local charity
FAST has recently started. The objective of this project is to help families in critical
situations build better homes for thmeselves, thus improving their living
conditions.

On the first day they arrived in Sorin`s yard, the site was full of rubble. It was
hard to find even the space for a 9/5 metre house. Once cleared, armed with pick
-axes and shovels, they started digging the foundations on what used to be the
village rubbish tip. As the day progressed, the community spirit grew between
the people of the village and MTEE volunteers. By the end of the day, they were
working hand in hand with the family and neighbours. They really feel it was a
privilege to be accepted and welcomed by the Roma people of Tarlungeni.






Contrary to public opinion of the Roma population, I find the people honest,
friendly and hardworking.

The sight of a barefooted young girl saving scrap from the glass-strewn rubble
was very humbling.


The family`s desire to have a new home has motivated team and family alike,
giving them hope for the future.

Using improvised tools only, the team were able to lay reinforced foundations.
This included carrying water and stones from the river with a horse-drawn cart,
cutting and bending steel rods and cables with a hand-made tool, mixing and
pouring concrete into the shuttering using nothing much than shovels,
wheelbarrows and a heaven sent cement mixer.

As the week progressed, the language barrier between the Roma and the
volunteers just seemed to come down and they were laughing and joking
together. During the week it was possible to take out children who have never
left the village before, give them showers and new clothes, food, toys and even
a trip to the zoo.

The team from England were greatly enriched by this experience and they felt
they recieved more than they gave. However, each part of the new home is only
built as funds become available. The team from Mission to Easter Europe plans to
raise the funds needed to complete Sorin`shouse.

By faith, FAST has already started the foundations for two more homes which
need financial support. The total cost of a home is 5500 Pounds (7800 Euro),
offering shelter to a family of up to 10 children. This is particularly important
during the long, harsh Romanian winter.




In the future, on the right when crossing the bridge over Tarlung River, you will
see new houses rising for the people in this community. It is our belief that the
Better Homes Project will change the face of the village forever.


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Gypsies here in the UK are not, generally, real gypsies who are a nation unto themselves, being Romany. The general gypsy here in the UK is mostly of english birth and who have chosen life on the road, with untaxed, unsafe vehicles on which the police turn a blind eye so that these "tramps" do not have to be kept "lingering" on their patch. They steal their way across the countryside leaving deposits of foul smelling waste in their wake, rubbish, damaged property and felled trees. I actually saw two small kids on a park infested with this rabble chopping at young trees with axes!!

The true gypsy, the romany, is a far higher level of being!
 

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Gypsies here in the UK are not, generally, real gypsies who are a nation unto themselves, being Romany. The general gypsy here in the UK is mostly of english birth and who have chosen life on the road, with untaxed, unsafe vehicles on which the police turn a blind eye so that these "tramps" do not have to be kept "lingering" on their patch. They steal their way across the countryside leaving deposits of foul smelling waste in their wake, rubbish, damaged property and felled trees. I actually saw two small kids on a park infested with this rabble chopping at young trees with axes!!

The true gypsy, the romany, is a far higher level of being!
The Roma people would give you everything they own if your need is greater than theirs !!!! I can bet my life on that !!!

Yes they are Gypsies and as Red Devil say they are nothing at all to do with this gypsy people talk about in UK !!!

They originate from Hungary many 100s years ago so some Romanians frown upon them and treat them like dirt !!! This is making them very poor with no work and a life with no future !!!

This project I help with will give them work and a better life too ....... in September 7 police cadets from Newcastle go to Tarlungeni to help out - I will meet them there and work alongside them too ......

Slowly we will make more and more house on the right of the Tarlung River until every child in this community has a nice house to live in ---- EVERY CHILD !!!
 
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