Get a Kosovan Kid to School

by The Ideas Partnership
Get a Kosovan Kid to School
Get a Kosovan Kid to School
Get a Kosovan Kid to School
Get a Kosovan Kid to School
Gjylizare and her son Muhamet
Gjylizare and her son Muhamet

The freshly white-washed walls of widow Gjylizare’s home enclose a small yard where chickens scratch and red roses grow. It is a place of retreat from the tightly packed alleyways of the Roma enclave of Fushe Kosove and a source of pride for her and her sons. Muhamet, her youngest son of fifteen years, explains how the Get a Kosovan Kid to School project provides extra lessons and a reading club to assist him in getting back into elementary school. He has obvious abilities in languages, speaking both Albanian and Turkish, but did not pass his exams. However, “He is smart!” his mother says with a smile; and he proves it by switching to English to tell us that learning German and English were his biggest challenges.

Muhamet’s older brothers work intermittently in construction or in any other labor they can get their hands on. He has no definite ambitions himself, other than the popular but precarious route of making music for a living. As well as facilitating extra classes the Get a Kosovan Kid to School project provides the community with basic school materials and a library – the raw resources for opening up educational opportunities now and employment options later.

During our visit with the Gjylizare’s family an incapacitated older son and his young daughter join us on an old sofa in the yard. Ermine is a bright shy girl of twelve years; the project’s activities support her educational engagement in a culture where there is often pressure to marry at a very young age. However, her aspirations are more certain than her cousin Muhamet’s: she wants to be a teacher and enjoys learning Albanian.

Besides any income from her working son’s insecure subsistence efforts Gjylizare stretches a benefit payment of ninety euros per month as far as she can. Unforeseen scenarios, such as ill health, can be financially debilitating. Although the extended family always rallies to help out the chances of successfully stabilizing their future livelihood is increased if Muhamet can reengage with school and Ermine can fulfill her aspiration to become a teacher.

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It was a rainy day when I was going to Fushe Kosova to meet this wonderful and such a kind girl. Her name is Egzona and she is ten years old. She is living with her parents, her brother and three sisters. For her, living with them it was taught to share joy, happiness, and sadness. Even on that rainy day, Egzona was full of light and had a bright smile that made my day by telling me about her dream.

She said, "I have a dream... to be a teacher in my future because I want to impact the community that I live in, just as my teacher is doing with all of us, to spread knowledge with the others".

Her favorite subject in school is Math. She loves to play with numbers but no just math she also loves books, football and learning other languages like English, German and Turkish.

In her eyes, I could see the excitement when she talks about school, books and family. Oprah Winfrey once said: "Education is the key to unlocking the world and a passport to freedom". She figured it out. Just like a butterfly, she is trying to represent change, hope, life, and endurance.

I admire her joyful, optimism, and kind nature of being a child. While we were talking and discussing together, she was holding in her hand her favorite book and she said to me that one day when I grow up, I'm going to make proud my parents, I'll help the others to study just like the others did for me.

And I know she will, I believe that she will achieve a lot of things because she is such a hardworking girl and I hope that all the doors of success will be open to her because she deserves it.

Without your support, none of this would have been done. Thanks to your support, children like Egzona can go to school and dream about a brighter future.

Together along this way, we can build a better life for these children.

A warming thanks to all of you donors and your generous hearts.



The Ideas Partnership

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Even though there's so much physical distance between the sun and Elmedina, they manage to have a very special friendship and even share things in common: they rise and wake up at the same time and they never fail to shine!

Elmedina loves her school so much. She barely sleeps from the excitement to go to school the next day. The moment the sun shines, she immediately wakes up and goes outside to say hi to the sun, her best friend. Right after that, she jumps into the living room and starts reading and preparing herself to go to school. “I love school extraordinarily. I learn many things there and spend time with my friends”-Elmedina says while showing us her homework proudly and excitingly. 

She is so full of life. Her favorite subject is mathematics and she seems to have calculated the plans for her future pretty well. As she explains, she is going to become a successful woman and take care of her big family of 8 members.

Being the sister of 2 other sisters and 3 brothers is fun for her, but she knows that it is also hard for her family to cover the expenses of all of them, as her parents are unemployed. Her father, Kemajl, is willing to work anything just to be able to help his kids get an education. Likewise, Elmedina’s mother, Aferdita, encourages her kids to go to school all the time. “I have never been to school and am ashamed that I don’t know how to write my name and surname”-Aferdita said while breastfeeding her baby.

Thanks to your help, we have been able to provide the needed school supplies for Elmedina and help her achieve her goals and accomplish her plans for the future.

Even though, this bright young girl continues to lack some school materials she is committed to her school work and thankful to the people who support her studies so she can continue studying and dreaming for a prosperous future ahead.

Thank you for helping and providing Elmedina with the opportunity to use her potential for a better future! 

The Ideas Partnership

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When the time to get back to school is around the corner, the feelings of joy and laughter for all children are sparkling everywhere. 

Even though, not everyone of them have the conditions to attend school and enjoy their undeniable right to education, unfortunately.This could be due to the lack of the financial incomes, social exclusions and so on and we see this reality everyday in our work, that's why we aim together with you to make a change and facilitate the journey of each person struggling in this process.

This new school year made us all smile again, and the sparkles were felt from each of us, from each of these children, because we deserve so. 

Because of your donations, we did it! Now more than 300 children have their new bags and other school supplies for this new school year, and are very grateful that their journey to school has been facilitated.

It is still a desperate reality that some communities don’t have basic life needs met all around the world, but at the other hand it is wonderful to see people like you working and helping these groups be equal and independent.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- said Nelson Mandela, and you are all indeed successfully contributing in this process.

Thank you,

The Ideas Partnership, with love :)


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Llukman is a young boy, part of a huge family with brother and sisters. Although huge in number of members, an important one is missing, and that is his father who died lately, and affected emotionally and financially every each of them. 

But, in all this he says he has not lost hope, The Ideas Partnership helped in the past and is continuing to do so now, with considerable needs.

Arlinda (his mother), seems to have grown up a tough guy, with big dreams for the future. Born to teach, as she says. He is registered in the first class in school and started an important step in his life. During this time he has discovered so many dreams of his, and one of them is being a teacher when he grows up.

Llukman says: "I love math most out of all other classes, and that's what I intend to teach hopefully in the future, and share my knowledge to others."

His family indeed struggles with life's crisis and poor financial conditions, but does it mean that this has to stop him from dreaming and working toward a better future? No, that is what he already says, and seems commited to it.

The Ideas Partnership, with love!

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Location: Prishtina - Kosovo
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Project Leader:
elizabeth gowing
Prishtina, Kosovo
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