Abi Ogunmwonyi|05.04.2017|News

Former Staying Alive grantee, Regional Roma Educational Youth Association (RROMA) were among the winners at the second edition of the EU Roma Integration Award for the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Launched in 2014, the award highlights the political importance of Roma integration in the EU and the EU’s determination and commitment to enhance social inclusion of Roma people. The winners were selected for their contribution to the inclusion, integration and empowerment of young Roma and their communities.

RROMA received a financial prize and were invited to take part in a three day study trip in Brussels to participate in a series of meetings and events tackling Roma integration. They attended the award ceremony which took place on March 28th.

RROMA received funding from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation from 2010 to 2014 for their innovative project “Aids doesn’t know about discrimination. Protect yourself!” which addressed and raised awareness about HIV/AIDS among young Roma and their communities. They were able to reach over 5,000 people in seven communities throughout the central and southwest region of the Republic of Macedonia.