There are scores of forgotten villages in Romania. Post-communism shanty towns, where the children barely get to eat or wash and going to school isn’t a priority.
In the deeply rural district of Suceava in northern Romania, whole communities struggle to find regular work. Life is tough. With many families living in one or two roomed houses with little heating or lighting, living a hand to mouth existence on a day by day basis.
Too many of the children living in these villages have parents who did not receive any education. Poverty has been the focus on their lives. The only work they can do is seasonal manual labour, which often takes them away from the family home for months on end.
Coupled with the stresses of living in extreme poverty in a very small space, this can lead to family breakdown, alcohol abuse and domestic violence. As a result, school dropout rates are very high.
If children don’t own essentials such as a coat, shoes, warm clothes and books, they’re unable to attend school. As a result, many will go without an education, and so the poverty cycle continues.