Albania

In this patriarchal culture, one women dies every month from domestic violence.

Poverty here is all-consuming

Our work in Albania focuses on the capital Durres, where many people move from poverty in rural areas to find work. However, life is not often much better in the city with income levels in the country at just 26% of the EU average. An incredible 56% of all Albanians want to emigrate (2017 Gallup poll). Albania is also a major source country for people trafficking and forced labour; and money laundering and drug trafficking are rife.

Our work responds to these issues by journeying with children and families out of poverty through family sponsorship. By working together on a route to self-sufficiency and alleviating poverty, we are transforming families lives and making them less vulnerable to trafficking.

We also run a Soup Kitchen for the elderly. There is a growing number of people who are alone after their children moved abroad to find work and have no way to earn their own income. We are also working to transform across generations by supporting children’s education at primary, secondary and tertiary level.

Sponsor a family in Albania

307 families are sponsored

40 children go to our after school programme

25 students received a scholarship

 

Hello from Monika!

Field country manager Monika Qerimi has worked with MWB since 1992. She asked to share with you: “The Lord has been very good to us; we have seen the impact and the fruits of our ministry. We are particularly thankful to God for all our sponsors and donors – without them we could accomplish very little.

"We should not forget that there is need but there is also generosity and kindness and dignity in offering help and addressing those needs – and there is humility and gratitude in receiving help. 

"We are ready to continue to face the tasks and also the challenges that lie ahead, always relying on each other and above all on the guidance and grace that come from God. None of us can do anything alone, things are possible in cooperation and unity, as it says in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27."

 

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