Cisnadie is a town in Transylvania, about 10 km south of the city of Sibiu, in Sibiu County. The population of the town has been declining for many years as people leave to look for work elsewhere. Now the town is home to around 14,000 inhabitants.
Around 10% of the population is composed of minority groups, including German, Hungarian and Roma.
Since 1993, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Cisnadie.
The rate of severe material deprivation is around 15% of the population. However, children are more vulnerable to poverty with around 21% being deprived of their basic needs.
Children born into poverty are more likely to experience a wide range of health problems, including poor nutrition, chronic disease, and mental health challenges.
In addition, impoverished children often miss school, which keeps them marginalized and disadvantaged, limiting their ability to escape poverty in adulthood.
More than 14% of families cannot afford adequately nutritious meals for their children.
Around 9% of children go to bed hungry in the evening, while only 6% sometimes have enough food, and 3% never have enough food.
Child malnutrition has multiple effects, from an inability to concentrate in school to poor cognitive function; poor growth and development. It can also lead to a weakened immune system, resulting in illness and disease.