Thursday, April 09, 2015

Food Safety at the Heart of World Health Day

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April. This day is held to mark the foundation of World Health Organization and is seen as an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to major global health issues each year. Worldwide different international, regional and local events are organized related to a particular theme. The 2015 World Health Day aimed to promote the improvement of food safety- food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances.
During this day, ADRA Albania in collaboration with Institute of Public Health of Fushe Kruja organized an awareness event in order to inform citizens that food safety is key challenge in all country. Thus it is very important to act during all the stages of the food chain in order to protect human health. During this activity, ADRA team had organized also a screening process in order to evaluate the risk factors of CVD of Fushe Kruja citizens.




Reminder of Roma rights on the International Roma Day



On the 8th of April, ADRA and the Roma of the community in Fushe Kruja called attention to the issue of rights for Roma in Albania. Each year on the International Roma day, ADRA is implementing an activity in the city but this year it was the special case that ADRA could combine it with its “Reflect Resilience” project. Because of this 45 pupils from “Qemal Stafa” and “Bakushe Visha” school were present in the activity and also took part in it. Beside the program of the Roma who were dancing, singing and delivering speeches, the students presented a sketch, posters and examined their point of view: all about the topic of equality and Roma rights. The program was leaded by the moderators Kasandra (from the community) and Arlinda (from “Bakushe Visha”).
In the end, ADRA facilitator Mira highlighted once again the most important fact: That everybody should remember  the rights of the Roma all year long.







Thursday, April 02, 2015

Reflect Resilience on “Choices”



Lack of political, economical and social stability has created a chain of negative effects in all Albanian society. Most of all, this unstable state has and is continually damaging its youth. It is creating a youth that lacks perspective. Such a youth does not know where it shall look for direction. A youth such as this does not have any idea where it should be tomorrow and what it should be fighting for today. A youth such as this is left in a present state of wondering and wondering about only what would be the quickest way to be better financially tomorrow. This youth is not striving for education. It is not striving to make its voice heard and make a difference through it. This youth is not striving for good habits that will make the difference tomorrow. It is only wondering for shortcuts concerning today and tomorrow. We live in a society where youth has forgotten that it is has the power to catalyze change.

Samuel Ullman states that youth is not a time of life; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. This kind of perspective is the first and foremost mentality our youth should have. It will make them aware of their own strengths. This mentality will empower and influence them to make proper use of their youthful strengths. “Reflect Resilience” Project contributes towards this direction as well. A number of training sessions will be held with several young students and beneficiaries who are trapped at the same foggy perspective state.

Before showing them the paths new perspective would take, we would have to provide them with all the necessary knowledge, tools and beliefs. This way, teaching the importance of choices was one of the first things we would need to learn because we believe that it is our choices who determine what we really are and where we will be, far more than our abilities.

Upon this, as shown on the pictures provided, the young group was presented with an interactive training session related to choices. During the training session, they were presented with cases showing that the choices we make can end up deciding about the outcome of our own life sometimes. The case of Northern Pole expedition is one case. Meanwhile, some interactive games showed how the choices made on the decision-making process influenced the outcome of each task.

To conclude, all the participants were presented with the choice to be part of all future training sessions and change not only our own perspective but of those around us as well. Future articles will show how the accomplishment of this new task has been going.









Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Reflect Resilience on “Bad Habits and Physical Activity”

Lack of employment, social involvement and other possibilities continually leads young generation to end up having a reactive rather than proactive life. This way, young people are continually found in cafes. Consequently, as a social norm or because of peer pressure they are led into drinking and smoking.

To be blamed for such an outcome is none of them but the context they are put into by the society instead of being taught to be involved in sports and arts.  We tried to challenge this context through Reflect Resilience Project. This way, we thought of providing the beneficiaries of the project with information on how bad habits they are continually led into influence them to be. To make this information and training session as convincing and reliable, doctors and real cases were presenting in front of the group.

What was being presented on the training sessions, led the group into discussions about the information and stories shown. The whole atmosphere created influenced 3 members of the group to open up about their addiction towards drinking and smoking and how they had been struggling to stop such addictions but never really made it. Assistance and help was offered to them by parallel ADRA Albania projects.

Furthermore, showing and training the young group on bad habits such as drugs and alcohol could not be enough when the context they are put in is so against any effort to change their mindset and lifestyle. For such a reason, the next training was focused on Physical Activities. In other words, our focus was not only to show them  how to be physically much more active but as well to offer them with insights into a different context and lifestyle. This different context and lifestyle might not be that popular but it was always there and satisfying as long as you want to make a difference to your life first of all.

This is why, after a 45 minutes training all the beneficiaries where taken to play paintballing. This unpopular activity would create show them that how much fun it can be to get out of a café –based lifestyle and practice different activities and sports. Most of all, this activity would create groups that would need to work and play with and against each other. Through this, the group would become more unified and they would serve as additional support to each others struggle.
The outcome of the above was seen very soon. All the beneficiaries wanted to continually communicate within one another and so one we suggested a personalized page on a social media as Facebook. This way, we could all share pictures and experiences we would have throughout each training session.


The beneficiaries themselves appointed one of the individuals to manage the page.  The page created has drown so much interest that it did not only unify the group but it also drew external intention to the point where within a week up to 100 individuals become part of the page and interested on the training being carried out.