This September the Small Steps Project team will be travelling to Romania to deliver over 1000 pairs of boots, socks and gloves on Cluj rubbish dump in Tranyslvania. In 2010 hundreds of Roma people were evicted by the govenment to Pata Rat, situated next to the municipal rubbish dump where they live in poor conditions and have remained there ever since. The Roma face racism and poor health, with limited resources on the edge of the city in a polluted environment, and still nothing has been done by the government to improve the situation. Romania is one of the poorest countries in Europe and since joining the EU in 2007 there have been laws instated with regards to waste management. Although Pata Rat does not comply with these, still nothing has been done. On this trip we will also be visiting dumps in Calarasi and Ploiesti in the South.
We are able to do this distribution with donations from Festival Reboot who also helped with collections and logistics, Protectoplast, Bar foods, Welieboots.com, Mypper, JoJo Maman Bebe and HJ Halls Socks. We’d also like to say a huge thanks to Glastonbury and Festival Recycling who helped us collect boots from the festival this year and made a very generous donation.
Keep an eye on Amy’s blog for updates on how we got on. We’ll be posting on Twitter and will have some photos for you shortly but for now, here are some photos of the donations and our amazing team.