In many villages in Romania, especially in rural areas but also in mixed communities people living life here is one poor. Many rural families are affected by poverty. Families with many children survive very hard because the state aids are very small. Many of them work day in different places. Some of them go and gather scrap of abandoned buildings or go through some villages and collect objects from iron or other metals which then sell it on a few dollars in the collection centers.
A very big problem for them but also for the authorities in Romania which are often powerless in the face of these issues is the living conditions of these people but also education. Many of them live in one room. In the rare cases where their house has two living rooms all family members and sometimes exceeds 7 people.
Many children want to go to school but many of their parents can not afford this. Education is too expensive for some of them living from one day to another. This is why children can’t go to school and can not have a good education.
As a volunteer photographer in this project support with all my strength and I accepted this approach to work, to go and document aspects of the lives of these people. This project is a challenge for me and through my images I wish I could give a chance to increase the chances of these people to have a better life in the future to this sometimes cruel reality of these people homes where it is place where life and very high despite the difficulties they encounter them live their life, laugh, joke, coexist together in a really hard sometimes.
© Silviu Matei – 2014