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Day Center for 25 Children with Disabilities

by Partnere per Femijet
Day Center for 25 Children with Disabilities
Day Center for 25 Children with Disabilities
Day Center for 25 Children with Disabilities
Day Center for 25 Children with Disabilities

Earlier in March, together with children and youth with disabilities in the Day Centre in Kukes, we prepared for spring with new blooms and flowers in a Gardening Day activity.

Close to 10 children and youth altogether with their parents and the staff of the Centre got fully involved in gardening - and it was a joy for each of them while holding the watering can, filling the plants with sand and planting.

It was rewarding and boosted their self-confidence seeing their planted flower pot and writing their name on it.

One of the fathers present was impressed by how his son, I. 5 years old son, with developmental delay was able to focus his attention longer and demostrated better hand-eye coordination when filling the pot with earth. When it was the moment that the child was going to choose the flower to plant, the child was encouraged to pick - and despite non being verbal, choices were put in front of him for him to choose. The father was happy and appreciated how stimulating this activity for children and how independently they were doing each task.

Thank you for your donations which make possible for children and youth to enjoy the same opportunities and participate; create a positive impact of the centre to improve education outcomes and building skills for children and youth with disabilities and promote their inclusion in the community.

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New Years' Day Cards
New Years' Day Cards

Dear Supporter,

All children and young people need encouragement and support, as positive reinforcement can build their sense of self-worth and confidence.  With your support and donations, we were able to support the young people in the Day Center for Children with Disabilities in Kukes, with the materials to design and make New Years’ Cards for their families and relatives.  New Years’ Day is the major festive celebration in Albania when giving gifts and cards and family members gather to celebrate the new year with special foods.   

Activities such as designing and making cards is important as it helps the children and youth to learn new techniques and encourage them to try new things, have fun, and see the results of their efforts.    

They really enjoyed the work with the different coloured card, paints and decorative items and sharing with each other their designs and feelings by putting their ideas into the colorful New Year cards.

The smile and pride the children and youth took in their work is the best wish for you, who made this activity possible through your generosity.

Eda is 15 years old and has attended the Day Center for three years.  She really enjoyed this activity because the Day Center is her only opportunity to attend somewhere and to do something creative out of her home. Eda and her family live in a remote area of Kukes; her parents try very hard to take her every day to the center otherwise Eda feels very upset and sad.

Eda has a really special relationship with her Mum, so she dedicated the New Year card to her.  She chose the red card as that is her favorite colour and some sparkling decorations to represent Christmas and the New Year.

Some of the New Years’ cards were sent to the Social Services Department to wish the staff there a happy New Year.

Creating New Years' Day Cards
Creating New Years' Day Cards
Eda's Card for her mother
Eda's Card for her mother
A New Years' Day Card for my Family
A New Years' Day Card for my Family
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Cake and Cookie Baking
Cake and Cookie Baking

Dear Supporter!

Bringing joy and helping the children at the Day Center to learn new skills, is very important to us. With your donations we were able to provide the ingredients and cooking utensils for the children to make biscuits.

Cooking is not only a lovely activity for children, that develops their fine motor skills, but it also has a lovely end when the children can eat the results of their efforts.  The children were so excited when they learnt that they were going to bake some cookies.  This was such a new activity that they didn’t know what to expect.  The girls and boys learnt how to measure ingredients, how to mix all the items together and how to spoon out the mixture and then wait for the cookies to bake golden brown and for the chocolate heart cakes to cool down. 

The children were very happy and enjoyed their baking day.  The best part was tasting the cookies and cakes and sharing them with their parents who were delighted at the achievements of their children.  Together they enjoyed the cookies and cakes. 

With your support, we can create more activities for the children, thus brightening their days, enabling them to try new things and at the same time learning new skills and becoming more confident and active. 

Tuesday 3rd December is a Bonus Day, so help us to raise more money to provide more baking and fun days for the children in the Day Centre!

Chocolate heart cakes
Chocolate heart cakes
Stirring the cake mixture
Stirring the cake mixture
Setting the table
Setting the table
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Parents' Meeting with Director of Social Services
Parents' Meeting with Director of Social Services

Dear Supporter,

All parents are anxious when they leave their child in the care of someone other than the family.  This is more so when your child has a disability and is vulnerable.

In May, the Care Assistant, Minja left the Day Center after working there for ten years.  Change can be scary, especially if you have no control or input into the decisions being made.  The parents had known this was going to happen and had wanted to ensure that their children would continue to receive the same level of care and attention as she had provided.  We supported the parents to plan a meeting with the Director of Social Services and to decide on the issues they wanted to discuss with him.  At the meeting they were able to ask for his support in providing education to meet the needs of their children, for an appropriately trained person to work with the children and for more speech therapy and psychological support.  They also expressed their desire for transport to and from their homes to the Day Centre.  The new Care Assistant, Lindita has made a good start in getting to know each young person and learning what they can do and what they enjoy doing.

Genta is thirteen years old and is the fourth child of five.  Her family are poor and rely on monthly welfare payments.  Genta has been attending the center for 8 years.  She has epilepsy and learning difficulties.  Genta is quiet and likes to work on her own rather than in a group with others. Her mother says she really enjoys coming to the centre each day and the family is pleased that they have this facility to support the care of Genta. 

Can you support the work we are doing in the Day Center, by making a donation on 18th July?  Small donations will be matched, doubling your gift and ensuring we can provide more equipment and support to the new care assistant.

Genta
Genta
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Blerta and the Building Blocks
Blerta and the Building Blocks

Blerta is sixteen years old and attends the Day Centre every day. 

Blerta has been attending the Day Centre for two years and enjoys playing with materials she can manipulate into shapes.  Since attending the centre Blerta has learnt to feed and to dress herself.

Blerta is one of four children with two older brothers and a younger sister of nine years old.  They live with their parents in an apartment in a small suburb of Kukes city.  This suburb suffers from a lack of water, being provided for four hours per day only.  As a young child Blerta was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  She has never attended school, has not benefitted from any physiotherapy or speech therapy and has no verbal communication.

Her mother, Lume walks with Blerta to and from the Day Centre in all weathers as there is no public transport and the centre does not provide transport for the children.  Lume says that Blerta likes to walk and is very happy when she comes to the Day Centre.

For Blerta and the other children like her, can you donate so that we can provide more equipment and activities to build her independence skills and create a place of learning and laughter?

Blerta and Minja
Blerta and Minja
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Partnere per Femijet

Location: Tirana, Central Region - Albania
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Ingrid Jones
Tirana, Central Region Albania

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