According to the traditional view, the harsh living conditions have a strong influence on people’s lives, living in the Csík Mountains. Although there is no scientific evidence for this relation, the natural environment gave several characteristics to these people, whichhelp them in their everyday life, they are succinct, purposeful and persistent. In this way they could survive for centuries and could adapt to an economically weak, uncomfortable and unsafe environment.

Despite of these disadvantages, the inhabitants got attached and established settlements all over the basin surrounded by the mountains and explored every opportunity to establish a specific and livable environment. As a result, tidy settlements were built from BãileTușnad, to Sândominic the special livelihood of Casin and Ghimeș, traces of human activity on which our ancestors were proud.

Unfortunately, bad-times and violent ideologies also occurred that left deep wounds on the image of the region and in the soul of the people.

A generation had to overcome the storm of the history, after which in the light of a new era we could evaluate the damages and continue our way following the values of a changed new world and hoping for a better future. Blinded by the strong light of ideals, we were unable to notice that we strayed from the path of our predecessors and the lifestyle we have formed is strange for ourselves. But when it was realized that the process of community conservation and socio-economic development is possible only by returning to our roots, we started to use new methods and tools to outline the vision of a viable region. For this purpose the Development Strategy of the CsíkLEADER LAG was prepared and is implemented with the help of committed local people who believe that despite of the financial hardships we can re-establish a socially and economically safe healthy life-condition relying on our traditions and using our knowledge.

András Zoltán
president of the Csik LEADER Association
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