Jan 29, 2021

Adapting Classrooms, Continuing Learning

Dear Friends,

COVID-19 has created many new challenges in education. Nehemiah Gateway's schools in Albania have risen to the challenge. The teams at Amaro Tan and Nehemia School had to make quite a few adjustments to maintain socially distanced classrooms. Desks were cut in half and re-welded as single desks (picture below). Class groups were split to maintain mandated group sizes, with half the students in remote locations, watching their teachers online. [The new laptops helped make this possible!] Temperatures are taken every day before school. 

Nehemiah Gateway University had to grapple with even stricter government regulations. All universities were mandated to move online this fall. This measure was designed  for institutions where 200 person lectures are the norm-- and where most of the students are from the area where they are studying. Student-teacher time (pictured above) helped keep lessons real at NGU and provided more a chance for interaction for international students who are far from home. 

Donations like yours helped make these required adjustments, so that our teachers could adapt and our students of all ages could keep on learning. Thank you!

Be well,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG-USA

PS: This campaign is ongoing. You can still contribute here. 

Jan 28, 2021

...Delivered by Horses and Mules, if Necessary!

Dear Friend,

The road to Kabashi, an defunct military barracks near Pogradec, Albania is almost impassable in the winter months. The dirt road is clogged with ice, snow, and mud. But NG's Amaro Tan team has soup kitchen clients who live there, because even a poor shelter is better than nothing. 

The Amaro Tan team had to get creative to deliver firewood and food to the residents of Kabashi this January. Horses and mules helped carry 8 cubic meters of firewood and 13 aid bundles to the people who live there. Some 9th grade boys from the Amaro Tan school even helped out with the delivery.

Other deliveries of food and firewood, like the one pictured below, were accomplished more routinely with the use of the school's trusty blue van.

As you can see from the pictures, midwinter is a hard and hungry time for Pogradec's poor. More deliveries will take place in the coming days, making sure all our clients are warm and have enough to eat. Your gift is helping the Amaro Tan, Buçimas, and Gjirokaster teams offer some relief as Albania, as the world waits for brighter days ahead.

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

PS This campaign is ongoing and you can continue supporting it here.

Nov 2, 2020

At Nehemia School, Teachers are Getting Laptops

Mrs. Tasellari, high school English teacher
Mrs. Tasellari, high school English teacher

Dear friends,

Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to purchase laptops for ten teachers at Nehemia School in Pogradec, Albania. At this time, although students are coming to school every week, distancing requirements within classrooms mean that some students are having to learn virtually in a separate location. This hybrid instruction model is far easier for the teachers to maintain using the new laptops. As cases of COVID-19 increase in Albania, both students and teachers are able to maintain schooling even if some of them are quarantined at home. COVID-19 testing results take several days; better tools for distance learning mean that students and teachers who have been exposed to the virus need not miss learning or teaching.

This campaign is ongoing, and many of our teachers still need laptops. You can still contribute here. 

Be well,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

Mr. Canellari teaching with his new laptop
Mr. Canellari teaching with his new laptop
Mr. Gorica teaching elementary school science
Mr. Gorica teaching elementary school science
 
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