A team of international non-profit, business, and governmental leaders work with local Roma communities to break the bondage of hopelessness, and birth new opportunities for Roma youth.
Empowering local leadership
Roma Learning to Fly works hand-in-hand with Roma community leaders to first identify the most critical needs and then to design and deliver solutions that will accomplish lasting change, because they will be supported from within the Roma camps and villages. RLTF purposefully relies on Roma leaders and families to champion these educational initiatives, which will benefit their own communities, and in turn, benefit the entire society.
Digital Village Learning Centers
Within Digital Village Learning Centers, RLTF looks to work with local communities in every aspect of planning and implementing the Centers–from locations, to resources, to digital capabilities and projects. Learn more about Digital Village Learning Centers.
Discover Parent Seminars
Discover Parent Seminars are entirely designed around successful adoption and continuance by Roma community leaders. Every element of the program is planned around cultural acceptance and the ability for real Roma families to be able to participate in the program successfully. Learn more about Discover Parent Seminars.
Breaking down social stigmas from within
RLTF also partners with Slovakian community leaders in business and government positions to organize events and communications designed to break down social stigmas that exist between Roma and Slovakian people groups.
One outcome of these types of partnerships is the gallery showings in large Slovak cities, including the country’s capital Bratislava, as part of the “Just Like Us” Photography Project (2015). It would be impossible to hold these types of events and achieve the exposure and advocacy opportunities they afford without friends and partners throughout political and social spheres in Slovakia and Eastern Europe.
These relationships are are the core of how Roma Learning to Fly plans to be a long-term partner in Slovakia, on behalf of the Roma communities.
Pictured below are members of the “Just Like Us” project, with Norman Thatcher Scharpf, US Embassy, at the start of an exhibit in Bratislava, Slovakia.
RLTF Cleanup Projects
Another example is RLTF-led cleanup efforts focused on villages and camps which do not have adequate trash removal services available, and therefore have created non-sanctioned trash heaps. These trash dumps contribute to a deepening of social stigmas. RLTF have begun efforts to work with a number of these situations to clean up the ad hoc dumps, which has been met with support from Slovakian community members, and even new trash routes that include Roma camps and villages in some areas.