Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reconstruction of Vrap School in Baldushk

Vrap is a mountain village which is known for its beautiful nature and mountain slopes. Located 38 km from the Capital city this is the farthest village from Tirana. 
From the statistical data gathered in 1994, this village had 250 families with around 1100 inhabitants. During this period of time, the school of this village had around 300 students. However, population movements have affected these statistical data and currently it has been calculated that the village is inhabited by 50 families.

 The families leaving in this village have not opportunities to move in other places.  The economy of these families is based in raising agriculture products such as vegetables for their own consumptions and fruits. Due to its geographical conditions Vrap village suffers from the lack of electricity and water installations. Thus, this village faces a very low living standard. 

Regardless of these facts, in the village of Vrap exist one middle school that holds the name of this village.
“Vrapi” school has been reconstructed by ADRA Albania through the “John Arthur” donation located in England. 

The reconstruction program had improved the whole infrastructure including the: drainage of the whole building, repaired and painted ceiling and walls, floor evened and covered with ceramic titles; replacement of the old woken doors, windows and construction of iron glass windows, new lavatory pans and hand-washing basins installed with fittings, inner and outer plastering, replaced water pipes and electric cables; fixed sewage system; one water tank installed to provide permanent water for the restroom, reconstructed restrooms and in addition, daub of the inner and outer part of the building.
Through this project, ADRA Albania team had significantly improved the access to primary and secondary education for 45 children of this school. The reconstruction finishes on 20th of August 2015 by providing a convenient school environment for the beginning of the new school year. 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Health Professional (Full-time), ADRA Albania
Closing date: 21 June 2015
ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible actions.
Title: Health Professional
Contract type: full-time
Duration of contract:  6 months
Duty Station: Albania
Job description
ADRA Albania is looking for a health professional who is interested especially in prevention of heart diseases and who has worked on physiotherapy. The new health professional will work within the health team which has the responsibility for implementing all the activities and projects related to health issues.
Full time means 40 hours per week 9-5h, Fridays 9-2. The new health professional should be flexible and must be available for special programs, expos, seminars and congresses. Social security covered, taxes paid.
Take part in “Love Your Heart” project which is co-financed by EU as general practitioner and develop a model for cardiovascular disease prevention which is culturally relevant for Albania. As this is a regional project, communication frequently with Italian partners (in Italian) is required.
Search for and translate relevant articles and material for information for citizens about CVD prevention. One article per week.
Actively involved in process of enrolling patients in the following programs: weight loss program (10 weeks), blood pressure program (10 weeks), and non-smoking courses (10 weeks), develop programs, provide nutritional advice, and follow patients in program closely with medical supervision. Give on the regular basis Health Education seminars, workshops, trainings etc.
Actively engaged to create and keep contact with other health institutions, organizations, doctors in order to create a network for preventing the development of cardiovascular diseases in Albania, is required. 
Enrol elderly patients in rehabilitation program after heart surgery, stroke or heart attack. Patients will stay during the day at ADRA Centre and will get lunch/tea/etc. (like a kindergarten). Follow their recovery, supervise medication, medical development, and be present during the day in case they deteriorate.
Based on the health activities of ADRA Albania, the new general practitioner will go to terrain and slum to do basic check-ups, explain very well about disease and medication, give health education, create good rapport with people, keep weekly report, monthly report, trimester report, end report after one year, in English. Keep clean and good statistics to be published later by ADRA Albania.
The new general practitioner is expected to have an excellent managerial skills with emphasis to situation analysis.
Specifically the incumbent will:
·         The implementation of the CVD prevention model in ADRA Health Centre
·         Conduct medical visit
·         Update patient records in ADRA Albania database
·         Conduct trainings, workshop and implement programs
·         Report writings
·         Performs other duties as assigned
·         Education:  Medical Background
·         Experience in counselling
·       Languages: knowledge of Italian and English is desired (these skills must be proved with certificate such as IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL, etc.)
·         Must have competency based computer skills in Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet).
·         Strict adhere to professional confidentiality
·         Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
·         Proven ability to relate well with staff at all levels and of diverse cultural background

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV at "Health Professional Application – Your Name" as the subject line in the following e-mail

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.