Randy and I met this family and toured their house a few months ago. The Church provided the pipes and fittings to connect these houses to the main waterline which we helped build in this community.
Normally, Roma people live in shacks and 'squat' in temporary housing on land they do not hold title to. When they do that, they cannot legally connect to the municipal water or electrical systems so they either "steal" these or go without.
ETP Slovakia is one of our partners who has been developing some creative new ways to integrate the Roma into the communities where they live, thus improving their lives significantly. This is from the ETP Slovakia website : follow the links entitled 'Building Hope" to see the video of the community we visited.
Lukáš is now a skilled brickmason. He enjoys working construction and he is able to do most things now that are necessary for brickwork. He hopes that the practical skills he acquired building his own home will help him to get a good job in building industry.
Project Building Hope continues to bring hope into many lives. In this year (2014), construction of another ten houses by ten more families is planned, this time in Moldava nad Bodvou."