Fields of activity

 

Fields of activity:
Mobility and labour rights
Preventing and combating human trafficking
Preventing and combating domestic violence
“Diakonia” network of project consulting

 

Mobility and labour rights:
In an increasingly globalized world, we can observe the growing trend of migration, particularly in countries where people are faced with socio-economic difficulties. Romania  is one of the Europe main country's that is still wearing the negative effects of the past regime.  A study on labor migration trends from Romania, conducted by The Network, along with Dutch research organization, Intelligence Group, during June-September 2011, revealed that “84% of the Romanian workforce is ready to relocate abroad, while 59% are willing to relocate only in the country".  56% of Romanian people seek a job abroad for a period of at least five years. The first reason for selecting a job abroad is the desire for a higher standard of living, followed by reduced opportunities in Romania.
Labour mobility (migration) can have disruptive effects on the social relations of various family members, and often children have to bear serious consequences.
In case of short or long term mobility, the children are also directly involved, they will be raised by relatives or even they will be sent in residential care (so-called "migration orphans").
Consequently, we decided to pay more attention to the migration phenomenon and its dangers (work exploitation and trafficking for forced prostitution or forced labour).

Our objectives are:

  • to inform individuals (students, workers, unemployed people) about the rights of  EU citizens on working conditions, the risks of illegal work and labour exploitation;
  • to offer support for the reintegration of persons returning to Romania;
  • to contribute to the development of national and international networks with institutions involved in the prevention of labour exploitation and in defending the rights of the employee.

Activities provide:

  • counselling, orienting and informing graduating students, employees, unemployed people about the proper working conditions, rights and responsibilities on the labour market, national and international legislation, legal ways of employment;
  • mediation to counselling centres and other organizations that can offer further information and support;
  • educational sessions in high schools and vocational schools about the risks of illegal work  and on how to avoid such risky situations;
  • career advice and job information, support in identifying a adequate job or training course, and mediation to organizations that can offer further support for home returnees;
  • workshops with professionals for exchange of experience in the field of labour mobility with the purpose of identifying effective methods of reducing the vulnerability of risk groups. 

 

Preventing and combating human trafficking:
National and international reports about trafficking in human beings highlights the fact that Romania is a country of origin, transit rather than a destination country for children, women and men trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labor or begging, from many countries across Europe. 

Every day, a lot of people are deceived, abused, threatened and coerced to work in different labor sectors or are forced into prostitution.

Although the phenomenon can go through some fluctuations from one year to another, or even to evade the official records, it remains a very worrying phenomenon, with all its implications at the individual and society.
So the necessity of prevention the trafficking in human beings is very important because it’s better to prevent than to devote considerable resources to further repressive measures. Through prevention activities our foundation will continue to increase awareness of the risks of human trafficking, especially among individuals intending to migrate.  

Our objectives are:

  • to protect potential victims of human trafficking through offering information on trafficking for sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and other hidden forms of exploitation;
  • to strengthen the institutional capacity of organizations dealing with the issue of trafficking by actively contributing to the development of a local network of state institutions, civil society and churches;
  • to raise awareness of this phenomenon among general public, social organizations and mass-media.

Activities:

  • information sessions in schools to  raise awareness about human trafficking;
  • workshops and seminars targeting representatives of churches, NGOs, trade unions, institutes of education and various state institutions in order to increase their capacity to address the problem of trafficking;
  • prevention campaigns and distribution of informational materials targeting young people (students, workers, unemployed).

Future aims: our center has proposed to provide in the future services for the need of the victims in order to overcome their condition and to normalize their social, psychological, medical and economic life.
A victim of human trafficking may experience psychological, physical and/or sexual abuse, forced or coerced use of drugs or alcohol, social isolation, emotional manipulation, economic exploitation, inescapable debts and legal insecurities (Understanding and addressing violence against women, Human Trafficking – World Health Organization 2012).  For people who are trafficked, health influences are often cumulative.
We propose to provide physical, psychological and social recovery for the victims of trafficking in persons: medical assistance, individual and group counselling, social and vocational orientation, procurement of documents, legal advice, etc.

 

Preventing and combating domestic violence:
Family violence has experienced alarming levels in recent years, increasing gradually the severity of acts committed with violence against family members, sometimes resulted in their death.
The reported cases of domestic violence are significantly underestimated and do not reflect the actual number of family violence because most  victims do not turn to the police for help, and in other cases authorities do not situate into this category many clear cases of domestic violence. In all cases of domestic violence, also children suffer psychological injuries, and often are victims of physical abuse. 

Future aims
We envisage to develop a programme of preventing and combating domestic violence.
We plan to focus on prevention activities, because this is a mandatory step before the actual advice for the victims of domestic violence. We want to create a good basis for a successful and comprehensive advisory work, and we know from other center’s experience that women ask for advice, assistance or information only when they develop the necessary confidence in the organization.
Preventionprograms must lastasufficient lengthof time to achieve the desired outcomes.
The prevention activities will consist of producing and disseminating informational materials, organizing campaigns and information sessions against domestic violence in schools, churches, workplaces, addressing mass media and general public.

Future objectives:

  • to protect potential victims of domestic violence through offering information on forms of violence;
  • to raise awareness among general public, social organization and mass-media on domestic violence;
  • facilitating the cooperation of various state institutions and non-governmental organizations in order to prevent and combat domestic violence
  • support the victims of domestic violence.

 

“Diakonia” network of project consulting:
The purpose of this program is to support the social and diaconal organizations to develop and submit competitive applications for funding social projects.
The information network is composed of several diaconal organizations, including Lampas Foundation.

We provide support for the diaconal organizations in the project development process through the following measures:
•Identifying  the organization's resources;
• Identifying viable ideas;
•Assistance in recruiting national and/or international organizations suited as project partners;
•Assistance in identifying institutions specialized in project management;
• Advice on project plans and  application forms;
• Organization and execution of programs for human resource development (conferences, workshops).