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Geno’s dream: “I strive to keep in check both the man and the artist, to keep my feet on the ground.”

Geno didn’t have an easy life. He thinks he’s a bit of “a wild kid” only because this life forced him to—because it’s not easy to grow up alone in a foster home. However, compared to other children, Geno feels fortunate: “God took care of me with certain gifts and talents so that I could steer myself in the right direction.” That’s how Geno got rid of a lot of troubles, that’s how he rejected the harmful influences of his neighborhood, and that’s how he managed, as he says, to save himself.

Being one of the aspiring young people of Ferentari, Geno told us a few words about his hard life and how you can actually change your destiny by means you were born with. In this case, his artistic inclinations.

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Creative teenagers and young adults who grew up in Ferentari neighborhood in Bucharest write articles about Roma culture, with editorial guidance, as part of “Avdives, Khetanes!” (translation “Today, together!”) project implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation.

“Avdives, Khetanes!” aims to increase inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and in Ferentari marginalized neighbourhood (Sector 5, Bucharest).

The project is implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with Belin Community Development Association for Belin commune and by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with the City Hall of Sector 5 for Ferentari and benefits from a 856.678 euros grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the SEE and Norway Grants as part of the Local Development Program.