Oct 16, 2019

Education into Action in Tanzania

NGU student Coletha with children at TOM
NGU student Coletha with children at TOM

An education at Nehemiah Gateway University only starts in the classroom. The dual study model ensures that classroom time is matched by real-world work experiences. Nehemiah Gateway’s project work, in Albania and further afield, offers incredible opportunities for students to put theory into practice.

Students Coletha and Dotto come from Tanzania, and this summer they interned for three months at Tanzania Orphans Mission (TOM), an orphanage and school in the Mbeya region of Tanzania. They helped teach English and computer literacy to some of the orphans, and applied their classroom expertise in the areas of human resources and materials management. Coletha says that “since we are also orphans who have been raised in an orphanage, we understand the struggles of these kids.”

Joana, an Albanian student at NGU, will also be using her education to help out at TOM. After she graduates in December, she will manage financial reporting for construction of a new dormitory at TOM for the orphans—a project funded through a grant from the German government. Joana says that “being able to combine theory and practical training during university studies is one of the best things NGU has offered me.”

Your support is making it possible for students like Coletha, Dotto, and Joana to learn and to help others.

With gratitude,

Sarah

Sep 23, 2019

The First Day of School, Gjirokaster, Albania

Dear Friends--

Last Monday, September 16, was the first day of school in Gjirokastër. Thanks to you, twenty Roma children were able to register for school with help from Nehemiah Gateway staff. They arrived bright and early with all the rest of the Gjirokastër school children, with new backpacks on their backs, filled with school supplies they need to participate in class. Five of the children are first graders and are attending school for the first time. All the families are receiving food aid, helping them to enjoy nutritious meals at home. 

We decided to expand the campaign, with a new goal of $7000, and are hoping to add up to ten more children to the program. As you can imagine, there are many more poor and at-risk children in Gjirokaster, and this program can give them a chance at a happier and brighter future. New donations will help more children in need, and make a real difference in their lives. 

Your donation is what made this possible, and I can't wait to share updates with you on how their school year goes! In the meantime, here are some pictures of the first day of school. Enjoy!

With gratitude,

Sarah

Sep 11, 2019

Seeing People Society Overlooks

Angelina, age 83, with therapist Anila
Angelina, age 83, with therapist Anila

This summer, volunteers Tracy and Mitch Dalton of Estes Park, Colorado visited Pogradec. In addition to volunteering at Amaro Tan's summer camp, they were able to visit NG Albania's programs. They accompanied the social work team on home visits, and Tracy provided the following report of her experiences:

The Social and Medical Improvement team at Nehemiah Gateway (NG) has formed relationships with many different families in and around Pogradec. These families have many different needs, and the team works to take care of each family and the individual family members. Home visits allow the team to keep a presence throughout the community, especially for families with members with mobility challenges who cannot visit the NG clinic.

The home visitation program is unique, and families are very hospitable to visitors. I went along for a couple of visits, and the families I met are special people with tremendous stories. The social worker visits with the families to determine their needs, and works to provide for whatever those needs are. In some cases it can be a listening ear, while in other cases it may be medical or mental health care.  I saw individuals who were housebound due to paralysis and muscle pain. The social worker provided a massage while visiting, which helped to ease pain and discomfort, and talked to the family to better understand their challenges. During the visit, the families offered coffee, water, and treats. These families often don't have much extra for themselves, but they provide what they have to visitors without hesitation, and with much grace. It is amazing to visit people who give so much when they have so little.

The Social and Medical Improvement team at Nehemiah Gateway provides a connection for families who might otherwise be overlooked by society. Whether it is for a member with special needs, or a medical condition, the SMI team gives people the opportunity to live a full life even with hard circumstances. 

Your donation to "In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor" is helping families like these to make ends meet, and easing the burdens of poverty, isolation and physical pain. The project is ongoing, and the team visits dozens of families like these every month. 

Thank you for your generous support.

Sincerely,

Sarah Pita

 
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