Housing poverty in Slovakia
- When the program started: 2004
- Highlights: Whirlpool corporate team worked on the build in Moldava and Bodvou in 2009
- Families served: More than 1,000
This project was specifically for Roma families in the east of Slovakia. As time went on projects grew to benefit further families within this region. Roma families often tend to suffer in poverty within Slovakia. Whilst official figures suggest only 2% of the population comprises Roma families, unofficial figures suggest the actual figures are much higher.
The poorer east of Slovakia, where unemployment is very high, is the area in which Roma families most often live in. The poverty these families face every day is clear from their homes. They often have no access to sewage systems or clean water and live in terribly cramped conditions.Read about the Environmental Training Project
Whole families share single room homes with only one bed between them. Many homes belonging to those with lower incomes are poorly insulated and maintained. With high utility rates and no access to bank loans many families suffer in appalling conditions, unable to change their situations.
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