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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

Olti is just like any other child: inquisitive and energetic. Olti should be given the same chance in life as any other kid in Kosovo. Olti deserves the same chance as anyone else. However, the fact that Olti is from the most deprived of communities in Fushe Kosovo makes this equilibrium a pipe dream.

There is hope though. Olti has infinitely more opportunity than his grandmother’s generation, partly due to her willingness and determination to make sure this is the case, whatever the cost to her personally, but also because of the fantastic work of The Ideas Partnership. In the absence of definitive government help, the organisation provides an invaluable stop-gap to help children like Olti and his heroic grandma. A small sum of money helps ensure Olti and other kids in his situation aren’t forced to spend every hour of the day working for tiny sums to help feed their families.

They are able to attend school, and start to address the economic injustice that has faced them and their community for generations. The Ideas Partnership helps support Olti in his studies, allowing him to get to and from school safely, providing his Grandmother with funding for his lunch and making sure he has ample books for school. Olti now attends school every day, and hopes to be a Policeman or a doctor in the future. This extra financial help provides children like Olti with invaluable physical and psychological rest bite, reassuring them that the path of education is the right one for them and their family.

Your donations can help Olti’s career ambitions a reality.

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Majlinda in school
Majlinda in school

As we grow, we all come from different backgrounds that not every time tend to make our path easy to achieve goals of education. It is not every time that we have all the conditions to attend school and get educated.

But, despite these, it is also every time that people think about others, besides themselves. Think about making a change in wider society, beginning with some small steps. It's their thought and action afterward that enables these changes, make opportunities for people with different backgrounds as we're all the same.

That's the story of Majlinda, whose fate took a wonderful turn for a good start, thanks to all of you donors, and your generous hearts.

Majlinda is a child, whose family experienced so many adversities, starting with the death of the father and of her brother, continuing with difficult living conditions and another paralyzed brother, which in this case for her mother it was and still continues to be a great challenge every day that she faces. Considering this, her mother indeed didn't have conditions and time to take her child to school, until The Ideas Partnership, from amazing donors, provided transportation for her to school by bus, and provided her with books and other necessary school supplies, that definitely made her smile again.

She started the first class this September, and when speaking with her she mentioned that she started learning letters and the alphabet, and also that she got a lot of congrats from her teacher. Except this, she says "I really enjoy sports we make outside with friends and the teacher", and tells about the great time they are having together learning new things and practicing, which her bright eyes tells it all.

Slowly reaching the end of the lovely conversation with her, she states that her hope is to continue education and thereby help her family, and I told her that in this dynamic world good people still exist to help us achieve our dreams, we only need persistent courage, everything afterward comes like a river flow.

Thanks to all of your support, she has regained the belief that everything is possible and can be done if we help each other along the way.

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Ajshe, the next generation of policewomen
Ajshe, the next generation of policewomen

In July 2019, we visited Ajshe, a young Kosovan girl who had lived in the Fushe Kosove community all her life. Aged 12, she has been involved with the work of The Ideas Partnership (TIP) since she was 7. She informed us whilst chatting that she had a large family with 4 brothers and 5 sisters. She also told us that some of her family lived in Germany. TIP has also worked with 4 of her siblings with the support of her parents who recognised the importance of education in order to offer a brighter future for their children, despite having a difficult upbringing themselves.

When speaking with Ajshe and other members of the Fushe Kosove community, the issues they faced were similar including lack of employment, education, sanitation and the poor economic climate for the disadvantaged communities in Fushe Kosove, where 96% of the community are illiterate. However, despite these struggles, Ajshe reiterated to us that the area was improving as a result of the work of TIP.

During her 5-year journey with TIP, Ajshe has been grateful for opportunities that TIP has offered her and the rest of the children in the community. Ajshe informed us that TIP has offered tutoring alongside her schoolwork, offering help with homework, specifically maths. This has helped her improved her grades. Ajshe expressed her love of the sports activities at the centre which are fun for her and the other children. The sports activity she most looks forward to is Volleyball but she also enjoys the new Rugby activities being offered. However, her favourite activity with TIP is the ‘Girl’s Club’ which allows the young girls of Fushe Kosove to be educated on the issues they are presented with in their community such as Early marriage, something Ajshe’s parents want her to avoid in order to continue studying. The club arranges speakers to come in, her most memorable being a visit from singer Eliza who also performed for them. The club also reiterates the importance of female empowerment and equality as well as negotiating other difficult subjects such as hygiene and sexual health. The club gives the girls the knowledge in order to make the best decisions in their future lives. We asked Ajshe her aspirations for the future, she replied that she wanted to be a Police Officer after being inspired by both television programmes and witnessing the important work they undertake in Fushe Kosove. There is a sense that the importance of TIP’s work with Ajshe has allowed her to have such aspirations. Through the assistance from TIP, girls such as Ajshe have such high standards for the future which may have been different without the support available to them.

What was apparent when speaking with Ajshe is that her and her family cannot thank you enough for the continued support. She hopes in the future that TIP will continue to support more young girls like her and preserve the ‘Girl’s Club’ which empowers the young girls of Fushe Kosove and the wider community. Without your donations, the lives of these girls may have been different but instead it has allowed them to have high ambitions, such as being in the Police Force and with the help of TIP, this has become an attainable goal. With your continued donations and support we can ensure our valuable work continues for generations.

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Rrahim in front of his house
Rrahim in front of his house

Rrahim was sleeping when we paid a visit to his family in one early sunny morning in May. As we and his mother, Nurije, were talking, Rrahim woke up and said hello to us blushing.

Rrahim is 7 years old. He is the son of an 8-member family living in Fushe Kosove in a difficult economic situation. He lives in a 3-bedroom house with his mother, three sisters, and three brothers. His father passed away six months ago after losing the battle with cancer. Their only income is the social assistance given by the municipality – a small amount of money that doesn’t cover school expenses for all the children.

The Ideas Partnership, thanks to your generous donations, has for some years now been providing this family with school materials, books, bags so the children do not abandon school.

TIP also provides transport from home to school for all children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Fushe Kosove who cannot afford to pay the bus to go to school during winter. Your donations make it possible for many children like Rrahim to attend school regularly and continue their education.

 “I really like going to school. I have lots of friends there and we learn so many new things. My favorite part is when the teacher asks me to read out loud in front of everyone. I love reading”, says Rrahim.

His mother, Nurije, explains that Rrahim always looks forward to attending TIP’s Saturday Learning Activities where he gets to meet with his friends regularly and learn all together. Last week, they colored pages with different animals and figures in it.

In his free time, Rrahim likes to play football with his friends.

“My favorite football player is Ronaldo. He is very fast and scores lots of goals”, says Rrahim.

“I would like to be like him one day. I don’t have a football yet, but when I do, I will practice very hard and maybe one day I will play like him”.

He gladly approves my request of taking his picture. Maybe next time I’ll see him, he’ll be as successful as his favorite football player. Between now and then, he only needs a football.

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Hysni, Ramadan and his son, Ahmet
Hysni, Ramadan and his son, Ahmet

   “The Ideas Partnership (TIP) really helped us in the very beginning, as we were settling in. To register the kids at school, we had to get ourselves to the ministry for paperwork every two, three days. It was them that finally helped us sort this whole mess out. They were asking for grades and transcripts and getting everything signed and stamped and nostrified, which would cost us a fortune. The Ideas Partnership helped us through it all: the documents, finances, problems. God reward them. They also gave us pencils and notebooks, bags, and shoes, and set the kids on way to school. One of our smaller ones is in kindergarten at TIP.”

I smiled. “And how many years has it been since then,” I asked.

“Oh, just been a few months.”

I was shocked. I was convinced that Ramadan and Hysni, who works for The Ideas Partnership, had known each other for years. Ramadan's family was so deeply involved with TIP, that I was not expecting to hear that they’d only been in Fushe Kosove since October. "10th of the 10th of 2018," to quote the exact witty chiming in of his child.

Ramadan, with his warm smile, who welcomed us into his small grocery store/coffee house, quickly brought along his son, Ahmet, who was the self-proclaimed "best footballer in the neighborhood." His dad attested to his success when they had been in Frechen, Germany, up until a few months ago.

He spoke of Germany like it was heaven. "Everyone is the same there" he would repeat. "The respect, the education...everything. No difference."

"Elizabeth even visited us there once." Elizabeth, the co-founder of TIP.

“Now we can’t even afford the participation fee in the football club,” he complained.

Hysni immediately set his mind to work and said he would look into it. In another instance, during the conversation, as Ramadan was speaking about how this small store is the sole financial support for 21 family members, Hysni politely asked to interrupt and used the opportunity to let Ramadan know that they had a new wave of clothes donations at the office. He suggested that the family could drop by later and see what they need.

Looking at Hysni like a big brother figure, Ahmet ran outside after we left, to ask if perhaps any of the donations included shoes. He pointed down to his sneakers that had ripped fully open and stuck to the mud.

"Hopefully," said Hysni, eyebrows knitted in worry, "Do come by later."

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The Ideas Partnership

Location: Prishtina - Kosovo
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Twitter: @kosovarngo
Project Leader:
elizabeth gowing
Prishtina, Kosovo
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