Everyday, Roma, the largest transnational minority in Europe, experience inequality and a lack of opportunity in all areas of life.

For the past 25 years, Ruhama has campaigned for the full economic, social, cultural, and political participation of the Roma, and for a society where Roma are treated equally, and without discrimination.

Grassroot work in Roma communities

Gaining communities’ trust starts with listening and learning from the community and its leaders. .

Through our targeted programs and being in touch with people and their needs often prompted us to rethink and adapt our interventions to voice our beneficiaries’ priorities.

Proposing grassroots-level interventions aimed to improve the lives of Roma people and communities with a long-term impact should start hierarchically based on needs.

Integrated social intervention models for public administrations and local authorities

The bottom line of the programs we address to marginalized Roma communities is always related to the transfer of responsibility and sustainability of actions, interventions, and programs to the Local Public Authorities. Though initiated through European Grants, programs are ensured sustainability through the commitment of the Public Institutions.

Different but equal

Prejudice, racist attitudes, exclusion, and discrimination

Roma people still suffer from widespread and persisting anti-Roma attitudes and actions, recognized as a specific form of racism fuelled by prejudice and stereotypes across Europe. The perpetual marginalisation of Roma communities poses a serious obstacle for any policy initiatives for improved conditions. Anti-Roma prejudice, discrimination and crimes must be tackled by a combination of legal responses, training of public authorities and law enforcement, capacity-building of civil society, and educational & awareness-raising initiatives. We pay special attention that interventions ensure Roma kids and adults are made an integral part of the fight against the phenomena of racism and exclusion, especially against children.

An integrated approach to better the faith of the Roma people