Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The ADRA Book Club

With the new school year, we realised that we are never too old to learn, so we founded the ADRA Albania Book Club.

 Each staff member reads a book which in one or another contributes to knowledge and know-how concerning our work, then we present one or two books per week in a short presentation to the team. In the discussion following the presentation we reflect on what we heard and how we can use the information in the field. 

So far our readings have deepened our knowledge immensely and were also a great team-building exercise. It is important to take a step back from our day-to-day business and broaden the horizon, only then can we come up with fresh ideas.

In the words of Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Children should grow in a proper and secure place, not in the street

More than 700 children are working in the streets of Tirana to support themselves and their families. Many of them are exploited as beggar or as informal workers, depriving them for living a healthy childhood.
Being part of the society and being a responsible person we should not be silence about child labour.
On 19th of September the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Social Service and Albanian Civil Society continued the initiative that started on 12 June 2014 for protecting street children, in order to achieve family empowerment.

Since the beginning ADRA Albania has joined this initiative to share information and sensitize the public opinion in Tirana about exploitation of children.  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Staff workshop with Marcel Wagner from ADRA Austria. From problem tree to solution tree!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Alesio needs your help!

Alesio in the beginning of his life nearly 6 months ago he said "Hello" to the world. After 6 months of life Alesio was admitted to Tirana public hospital, because he was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia, motor retardation and malnutrition. Currently his health condition is really bad. Alesio is 4 kilograms and his weight is the main cause of his health problems. When Alesio was born he was a very healthy child and weighed 3.5 kilograms, everything was looking good and his parents were very happy because Alesio was their first child. The problems started after two months because Alesio’s mother couldn’t feed the him with breast milk. In the absence of his mother's milk Alesio was fed with cow's milk and sugar dissolved in water. Alesio’s mother is only 15 years old and she is not able to take care of her little baby. Alesio’s mother, Adelina says she could do nothing to help her ill baby. 
For more than two years Adelina was a regular attendee of REFLECT project. When she became pregnant she stopped coming to the ADRA centre because she was violated by her mother in-law.
Now Adelina and her little baby are in Tirana hospital and are asking for your help because they don’t have anyone that can support them.  If you would like to help Alesio, please contact ADRA Albania at info@adra.al.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Awareness campaign against children Labor

The 12 of June is proclaimed the World Day against Child Labor. On this day, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth in collaboration with different NGOs that operates in Albania organized an awareness campaign to raise awareness among the public opinion about child labor. In order to organize this activity, it was requested that volunteers from different organizations working with children should take part in this initiative. ADRA’s volunteers and staff have joined this initiative.

Our Albanian and German volunteers shared information and sensitized the public opinion at the “Kavaja” street in Tirana about this issue. Today, in Albania, you can see children bagging, selling different things and cleaning car’s windows everywhere in every street and crossroad.

This has become a very problematic situation because the number of the children that are being used by their families or tutors has increased in the recent years. Of course, the money that they gain through their work is given to their parents or tutors who utilized them not for the children well being.

For this reason we sensitized the people that if they will give money to these children they will continue bagging or selling at the street. The best thing that they can do in this case is to give fruits or food and no money. ADRA Albania will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth in order to carry on this initiative in the upcoming months.