Name: Sergi Karakashev
Organisation: Roma Foundation "Iskra"
Role: Chairman of the Board of Roma Foundation "Iskra"
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Roma Foundation “Iskra” was founded on June 20th, 1995. The main objective of the foundation is to help the development of the Roma culture, education and everything connected with Roma problems, through stimulating nongovernmental Roma sector, creating a pleasant atmosphere for its function and developing the possibilities, kinds of activities and the participation of the Roma NGOs of national and local level in the public life. In September 1995 an office was rented for the work of the initiative group. During the first two years the teams drew out a long-term programme for the work of the foundation. Some projects were drawn up, aimed to solve some social, health, ecologic, educational and cultural problems. Partnerships were negotiated with Departments “Social Services” and “Labour bureau” in the town of Shumen. RF “Iskra” was given a license from the Ministry of Labour and Social Services on December 20th, 1999, to do social services through the Bureau of social services, and since December 16th, 2003 there has been a daily centre, and home social patronage. For fulfilling the activity Shumen Municipality gave us a building for use without rent in 2000, we did some repair work with own money. In 2001 RF “Iskra” was re-registered according to section 1, paragraph 4 from the Regulations of the Law for the Juridical Nonprofit Entities for Socially Useful Activity /NGO regulations/. Since 2004 a Roma Cultural and Informational-Consultation Centre has been working.