Alliance of Good Deeds for Pata Rat (Cluj landfill)

pata rat crc clujThe problem

The project is addressed to two communities that live on and around the waste dump of Cluj-Napoca. The community Colina Verde consists of 76 families that were evicted from their houses and moved near the waste dump by the city hall. The other community consists of 80 families that were born on the waste dump, or migrated there from other places.

More than 200 children have to grow up in harsh conditions on the dump, where they lack even the most basic living conditions. They live in tents and improvised houses with no water and electricity. Most of the children are uneducated and find it difficult to adapt to adequate social situations. The cause of this derives not only from their difficult living conditions, but also from their lack of interaction with the children and adults from the urban area. They live in isolation, without access to the ways and means to properly develop themselves. Moreover, they lack a proper and constructive way of spending their free time. All these problems coupled with limited social abilities and a feeling of uselessness lead to a deeper sense of exclusion.


Target group


–          70 children from two communities aged between 7 and 14.


–          The community from Colina Verde

–          The community from the Pata Rat waste dump

–          The volunteers involved in the project

Total: 300 children




–          To continue the activities started by the group of volunteers from the project of the Centrul de Resurse pentru Comunitate (CRC) and ALIAT Association, started one and a half year ago. Our current funds are only enough to cover these activities until August 2014. For more details see the links below

–          To organize a one week summer camp, including five thematic workshops at Muzeul Etnografic Cluj.

–          To implement non-formal activities focused on improving the children’s social skills and building their confidence.

–          To organize workshops designed to enhance the children’s creativity. These include forum theatre, expression through dance, photo voice, itinerant theatre and therapeutic storytelling.

–          To organize visits to the theatre, cinema and a festival in order to offer them the opportunity for a unique kind of learning.




To continue the project, we need a total of 14.400 lei, which includes the following costs: expenses related to the transport of the children and the volunteers; access to the workshops, movies, theaters and festivals; materials needed for the activities; and additional expenses related to logistics.

We hope to receive 7.000 lei through the sponsorship of our swimmers at Swimathon. We aim to have a group of a minimum of 5 swimmers and 10 volunteers. The minimum amount of money that can be donated by sponsors is 15 lei.


Expected results


We expect to have a direct impact on the lives of the children from the two communities by engaging them in the activities included in the project. The non-formal activities are aimed to change the children’s attitudes towards a better understanding and acceptance of personal diversity. The children will develop assertive communication and cooperation skills. The different activities and games will encourage them to change their opinions about how the world sees them and what role they have to play in it: they will hopefully no longer feel unwanted and useless. They will learn to abandon their role as victims and the idea that they are condemned to live out their current condition.


Contact details


Centrul de Resurse pentru Comunitate (CRC)


Phone:  072 31 75 457




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