Dec 22, 2018

Winter Aid Deliveries in Pogradec, Albania

Delivering an aid package in Pogradec
Delivering an aid package in Pogradec

Dear friends,

Over the last two weeks, the humanitarian team at Nehemiah Gateway distributed over 150 food parcels to families in need in the Pogradec area, braving wintry roads to bring food, clothing, medicine, and shoes to Albanians living in poverty. We visited many people society has left behind, including the very old, disabled people, and minorities such as the Roma. Your generous support has made it possible for these 150 households to enjoy a respite from hunger and want, and for that, they, and we, thank you. 

This campaign is ongoing, and you can still contribute here. 

Thank you again for your generosity. We wish you and yours peaceful and happy holidays, and best wishes in the new year.

Gratefully,

Sarah Pita

Welcome support for a young family
Welcome support for a young family
NG coworker Anila delivering an aid package
NG coworker Anila delivering an aid package
Help for those who cannot help themselves
Help for those who cannot help themselves
Nov 1, 2018

Ambra and Jorida-- from Amaro Tan to High School!

Ambra and Jorida, high school students in Albania
Ambra and Jorida, high school students in Albania

Dear friends--


Ambra and Jorida graduated from the Amaro Tan School in June. Although you would not guess it by looking at them, both girls come from desperately poor families. By successfully completing ninth grade, they have already attained a higher level of education than most girls from their Balkan Egyptian and Albanian communities. But they aren’t done yet. Ambra and Jorida were awarded full scholarships to the private, college preparatory Nehemia High School in Pogradec, and started tenth grade there this fall.

Ambra and Jorida both participated in the after-school tutoring program at Amaro Tan last year, made possible by your donations. They received extra help in math, English, and science to get them ready for the more academically rigorous environment in high school.

Ambra likes high school. She says the extra tutoring definitely helped, and that she felt well prepared to start. She reports that “everything is wonderful there: the food, the teachers, the environment.” She dreams of finishing high school and going on to medical school to someday become a doctor. She has a strong orientation toward helping people, and this summer she even spent three weeks at Amaro Tan’s summer camp, working with the youngest children. Says Ambra, “I feel I must be useful and give something in return."

Jorida agrees that the tutoring helped, but admits that high school is difficult, and the amount of studying and homework is a real adjustment. She will continue to have extra help available if she needs it, so she can continue to learn and grow. She aspires to study in Germany after graduation, and to someday work as an English teacher.

Both girls say thank you to the donors who have invested in their education. “I am really grateful for everything you have done for me,” says Jorida. “You have been a great help for me moving forward,” Ambra adds.

You can continue to support the Amaro Tan tutoring program here, so that every year more young people like Ambra and Jorida are able to build brighter futures for themselves.

Gratefully,
Sarah Pita

Oct 25, 2018

Remaking the Family Business

Anxhela at her family's restaurant
Anxhela at her family's restaurant

Dear Friends--

I met Anxhela when I visited Albania last June. She was the only girl of four Nehemiah Gateway students selected for a special, developmental trip to Germany to learn about business and meet NG donors and friends She stood out because she spoke so little, compared to her three fellow students, who were bursting with confidence and eager to talk. She quietly mentioned helping out with her family business, but clearly preferred to listen to the others. 

It wasn't until later, when I spoke with one of Anxhela's professors, that I learned just what "helped out with the family business" actually meant. Anxhela's family has owned and run the restaurant "Qafë-Plloçë", on the road between Pogradec and Korçë, since 1993, growing from a small cafe to a combination restaurant/hotel, noted for their dried meats. As part of her coursework at NGU, Anxhela focused on modernizing business practices and processes at the restaurant. She especially focused on marketing, managing social media for the restaurant and translating the updated menu into different languages.

As a result of Anxhela's knowledge and leadership, the restaurant has undergone a bit of a renaissance, with a jump in foreign visitors and significantly increased revenues. Successful businesses like this one strengthen the Pogradec community, and help it to become an ever more appealing destination. 

Near and far, our students and alumni are making a difference in their communities. Your support is building this group of talented young people, and helping them to learn from their instructors and from one another. 

All the best,

Sarah 

 
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