Motors 2 Romania

When you stand in the center of the small village of Soard Romania, it looks perfectly normal. Nice houses and clean streets. However as you travel down one of the roads, things begin to change. The houses start getting smaller, and the road starts to disappear and turn into dirt tracks. Living at the end of the road and living on the outskirts of Soard, is an extremely poor community, one forced to survive and live separately from the rest.1oNsRczv9JKthN3QDexk8I54DnM3iS0cGdRdURvz8lbKLYfc

Most of these people earn a living by working off the land one way or another. Some collect and sell wood, others grow plums to make jam. The people here have to be resourceful and use whatever they have. It’s a fascinating place to visit and people watch as you are made to feel like you have travelled back in time, only to have the odd reminder that you haven’t.

Their livelihoods do not allow them to improve their living conditions. These people are desperately poor. They struggle for resources with clean water and sanitation being a major problem. Wells are being dug, but when I visited there were only two in this village and one had broken down.

The difference in living conditions contained within the space of only a short walk is also representative of the difference in education and opportunities given to those living there. While most teenagers do get some form of education, they are usually married before they can qualify enough to go any further. While the majority of these problems are cultural, they are also the result of a scenario where a family can’t afford to send their children to school for any longer than they have to. To them it makes more sense to marry them off as soon as possible.

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The picture at the end of this article shows you the living conditions families are forced to live in. There were actually eight inhabitants in this one room. There is a vicious cycle of poverty, lack of resources, education & skills versus a surviving community supported by their known identity and culture.

The problems found here can be solved in practical ways. Nobody should live in the conditions found here. By giving these people the opportunity to travel further to find better work, can hopefully help start the process of changing their lives. Better transport links mean people can find employment and the cycle of lack of resources can change. This will improve the community and in time change lives.

Most of these people earn a living by working off the land one way or another. Some collect and sell wood, others grow plums to make jam. The people here have to be resourceful and use whatever they have. It’s a fascinating place to visit and people watch as you are made to feel like you have travelled back in time, only to have the odd reminder that you haven’t.

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Their livelihoods do not allow them to improve their living conditions. These people are desperately poor. They struggle for resources with clean water and sanitation being a major problem. Wells are being dug, but when I visited there were only two in this village and one had broken down.

The difference in living conditions contained within the space of only a short walk is also representative of the difference in education and opportunities given to those living there. While most teenagers do get some form of education, they are usually married before they can qualify enough to go any further. While the majority of these problems are cultural, they are also the result of a scenario where a family can’t afford to send their children to school for any longer than they have to. To them it makes more sense to marry them off as soon as possible.18tZsbx90Wv7kPTOl8_RpnmE1a5b_KYsUw8qMAW6IZkCQb_Q

The picture on the left shows you the living conditions families are forced to live in. There were actually eight inhabitants in this one room. There is a vicious cycle of poverty, lack of resources, education & skills versus a surviving community supported by their known identity and culture.

The problems found here can be solved in practical ways. Nobody should live in the conditions found here. By giving these people the opportunity to travel further to find better work, can hopefully help start the process of changing their lives. Better transport links mean people can find employment and the cycle of lack of resources can change. This will improve the community and in time change lives.

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