Mar 22, 2019

Helping People Every Day

The humanitarian team at Nehemiah Gateway Albania has been hard at work this winter, helping families in need in the Pogradec area. 

They brought in-home aid to 13 families in extreme need, including not only food, warm clothing, and firewood, but also, in response to specific requests,  crutches, a wheelchair, an adaptive bed, and home repairs including door locks for a family that was recently robbed. Note that home visitation in the winter is limited by challenging road conditions, especially to remote mountain villages.

At the Buçimas Center, a total of 1034 people received aid and services free of charge, including physical and speech therapy, psychological counseling, nurse visits, and facilitated support groups. Our popular support group for mothers of children with disabilities, which is supported by the humanitarian team, held their annual party in the big hall at the Nehemia School this month.

Nehemiah Gateway works to help people move toward self-sufficiency. Our humanitarian program addresses immediate needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, and psychological support, crucial first steps on a road to personal independence that looks a little different for each person. Your generous support keeps this important program going, and for that we thank you.

A donation of $25 covers a food bundle for a family in need in Pogradec. You can get one here. 

Thank you very much for your generosity.

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Jan 28, 2019

A Love of Learning

Elisa is an Amaro Tan 7th grader who loves math.
Elisa is an Amaro Tan 7th grader who loves math.

“Mathematics is the subject I love most!” Elisa, 7th grade.

“I know it will help me in my future.” Kristi, 9th grade.

 “I love going to the Albanian and English Language courses.” Xhystina, 8th grade.

“Now I have more confidence in myself.” Kristi, 9th grade.

Students at the Amaro Tan School in grades 6-9, have been participating in supplemental after-school tutoring sessions for over a year now. The program is designed to address the problem of low educational attainment among Albanian Roma students by providing a bridge to upper secondary school.

The tutoring program we launched at Amaro Tan over a year ago gives Roma students extra support starting in middle school, so that they will reach high school better prepared and less easily discouraged. Albanian, English, and Mathematics are offered three times a week, along with Technology twice a week. Participation is voluntary and the groups are small (6-10 kids per group), with most of the middle schoolers participating. We deliberately scaled back the program to three days a week in response to student feedback. As school director Marin Piqoni puts it, “we want the program to be a helping tool, not a burden to them.”

Teachers and staff feel that the program is really helping the students to invest in their own futures, preparing them to continue successfully in high school and beyond. Right now, the 9th graders are preparing for the State Exams that will place them in high school programs. We will follow their progress as they nurture their love of learning and build self-sufficient and dignified lives for themselves.

Thank you for the investment you made in this program, and in young people like Elisa, Kristi, Xhystina, and Kristi. Your support is giving them more options as they look to the future—and lifting up their entire community.

Jan 25, 2019

Interview Time!

For a select group of young people, January is an exciting and suspenseful time. Last fall, aspiring students to the Nehemiah Gateway University class of 2022, nominated by a handful of carefully vetted partner humanitarian organizations in Africa and Latin America, turned in their applications for admission.

Nehemiah Gateway University staff has reviewed all the applications and recently sent out invitations for interviews. These initial interviews are intended to allow Nehemiah Gateway’s staff to get to know the applicants and get a sense of their comfort with English—the language of all classes at the University. After this, the admissions committee will hold further in-person individual and group interviews, including, where possible, role plays and team games that will show the applicants’ ability to work with others.

Shortly after these interviews, the committee will decide which applicants to accept into the program. Executive Director Arlinda Merdani, who has interviewed countless applicants in her role as director of the international scholarship program, says that “the decisive factor is the potential we see in the individual human being.”

One of the current group of applicants says “I feel nervous, but with faith at the same time.”

Your support will help the students who are ultimately selected to have a great experience at NGU, where, as members of a dynamic, multicultural team, they will receive the mentorship and training that will help them to truly realize their potential to help others.

With gratitude for your support,

 

Sarah Pita

Development Director

Nehemiah Gateway USA

 
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