One in ten children went to bed hungry in Romania last year

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Over 70% Romanian families living in the countryside in 2016 could not provide their children with proper feed, while one in ten children went to bed hungry, shows a report by World Vision Romania on the welfare of the child in the countryside.

Almost three quarters of the families living in the countryside in Romania faced difficulties in providing their children with healthy food last year.

The report also points that one in ten children went to bed hungry in 2016, yet on a downward trend as against 2014 when one in eight children were in this situation.

5% of the parents in the countryside said they offer less than two meals a day to their kids, with the report warning that the low food quality for children below 2 year old leads to digestive or respiratory diseases.

Romania still tops the bottom ranking of the EU countries on sanitary utilities. The study say that half of the investigated households were not having sanitary utilities, stressing that the lack of hygiene is the main cause for children growing sick in the past year.

9% of the kids said that there is no water source in their school to wash their hands, while 21% revealed that the school’s toilet has no running water.

The report also discloses that more and more children are smoking, from 7.3% in 2014 to 9 % in 2016, while the alcohol consumption incidence has been constant- 21%.

At the same time, children in the countryside encounter difficulties in understanding a simple text (30% of the children aged from 7 to 12), upward by two percent compared to 2014.

Over 40% of the children in the countryside spend more than two hours a day working in the household, yet less than in 2014, when it was 58.5%, while over 5 % are not going to school in order to work.

Dropout remains a challenge, among causes leading to that there are the parents’ lack of interest for the child’s education, the child’s involvement in the field works, abuse, violence, or because their parents are left to work abroad.

15% of the children living in the Romanian villages travel more than a hour to get to school.

Marginalisation of the children coming from poor families is also revealed in the study, with 16% of them admitting they feel they are treated differently in the classroom and they don’t feel comfortable with that.

The World Vision Romania research was has been conducted starting April last year on 2,205 adults and 2,573 children aged from 7 to 18 in 105 communes in Cluj, Ialomita, Olt, Vaslui and Valcea counties.

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