The association of social promotion “chi rom e…chi no” was born in Scampia, a northern suburb of Naples, in 2002. Scampia is a very poor and conflictive area in Naples dramatically known for its social problems related to the lack of economic opportunities for the residents and the pervasive presence of such a powerful crime organization as Camorra. Urbanized not many years ago, Scampia lies on the border between the city of Naples, with all its beauties and contradictions, and the countryside, has a predominantly young population and host some nomad communities. Because of the recent urbanization of the area, Italians, nomads and foreigners are all relatively new arrivals.
Scampia has a little legal labor market, with one of the highest unemployment rate of Europe estimated between 50% and 75%, opposed to the complex organization of illegal labor, revolving around a huge drug market. As a lot of contemporary suburbs, Scampia allows its social conflicts to unfold more through closure and isolation than acts of open, aware rebellion. The cultural, educational and social interventions the association of social promotion “Chi Rom e… chi no” have made in the past 10 years have been intimately shaped by this context and the relationships with Scampia’s inhabitants: all the elements of complexity and cultural diversity that make up the social fabric live in “Chi Rom e… chi no” activity.
The aims of the association are strengthening social cohesion, overcoming prejudice and activating processes of individual and collective empowerment so to raise Scampia’s lifestyle to decent standards.
The methodology of action-research, which guides “Chi Rom e… chi no” in the design and elaboration of its activities, combines the use of tools such as direct observation and ethnographic research with a regular production of audio-visual materials and other documents, all available to the public.
The sites in which the association works are spread throughout the entire municipal and the provincial territory, including the Roma camp and the shack of the association, known by children as the Jungle Scola.
The association Chi Rom e… chi no produces a continuous stream of self-financed activities aimed at supporting both Roma and Italian children, youths and adults:
2002 Chi rom e…chi no has also worked in partnership with associations, schools, public institutions, cultural organizations and city, national, and international agencies in Scampia. Some of the most relevant projects led or helped by the work of the association are: