In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor

by Nehemiah Gateway USA
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor
Mersya, villages around Mokra
Mersya, villages around Mokra

NG staff members Gian Paul and Andy Ardueser have been visting the villages around Pogradec with the humanitarian aid program for a while now. The villages keep getting harder to reach, as roads that were maintained under the communist regime are gradually reclaimed by the lush natural environment of southern Albania. NG's most rugged vehicles can't even reach some of them anymore, and staff must make appointments to meet aid recipients at accessible points on the road.

Recently, Andy recounts, the team was headed to a rendezvous point with an elderly woman NG has been helping for years. At the designated location, an old man was waiting. It isn't uncommon for aid recipients to enlist relatives to pick up their parcels, and his last name was quite similar to hers. Naturally, he was happy to receive the aid parcel. But then, a little farther down the road, the team met the elderly woman they had been looking for! They managed to put together another parcel for her, and she confirmed that the man who got her parcel was her neighbor, whose wife had left him and who was living with with eye problems. He really needed help, and would never have asked for it. And so the program grew that day.

Andy explains that a big reason this program is so important actually isn't because of the aid parcels themselves-- though the people who get the aid parcels do need them, very much. As Andy's husband, Gian Paul, puts it, "to someone from the US, or Germany, it would look like anybody in these villages is desperately poor. But some people need our help more than others-- people who are very old, or have a medical or mental condition, or have no family at all to help them out. And they are lonely as well as hungry and poor." The regular visits of Nehemiah Gateway staff, four times a year, year in and year out, are valuable because our staff takes time to see them, and listen to their stories. For us, these villagers are not invisible, and not forgotten-- although life in modern Albania may sometimes make them feel that way. By showing love and compassion, the team offers sustenance as important as food.

Andy was out with a stomach bug the last time the team went to the villages, so Gian Paul went in her place. One elderly woman, Mersya, who lives  in a barn-like structure with an array of animals, demanded of Gian Paul where "the blonde German lady" was. "I miss Andy," she said, "she always asks me how I am, and hugs me, and takes care of me." But, she said, taking a long look at Gian Paul, "I think you are good enough for her. You'll do for now."

Thank you for your support of this program. Taking the time to go see people like Mersya where they live, and bringing them both food and compassion, is making life in the villages both kinder and more comfortable. Continue supporting this program here. 

Gratefully yours,

Sarah Pita

The roads to the villages deteriorate over time...
The roads to the villages deteriorate over time...
Village life
Village life
Gian Paul and Andy
Gian Paul and Andy
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Dear friends,

Having a child with special needs creates challenges for Albanian families. Services are limited, and necessary treatments and therapies-- when they are available-- can be expensive. Parents and other family members are often the only caregivers, and that can be a full-time, unpaid job that lasts a lifetime.

In Pogradec, Nehemiah Gateway is one of the only organizations offering free services to people with disabilities or other special needs. Our connection to this community is highly customized to the needs of each household. We bring both physical therapy and aid parcels into the homes of people with mobility challenges, and sometimes our staff even do a little light cleaning and cook lunch. We run support groups for mothers, and provide special education services at our clinic.

And sometimes, we do things because they are fun. On a windy day in April, our clinical staff created a kite-flying field trip at a nearby park for some of the children with special needs in the program. It was a lot of fun-- and brought the  children together in the fresh air, allowing them to connect with one another as they developed their motor skills. 

Through this program, we provide food and medicine-- but we also work to build community and help people learn.

These needs are ongoing and you can help here.

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

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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.

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Dear friends, 

As the weather begins to turn cooler in the remote hill villages around Pogradec, Albania, the humanitarian team at NG's clinic has started another round of aid deliveries to the people who live there. Our aid deliveries are essential to these villagers. In the years since the fall of the Albanian communist regime, many Albanians have left for the improved employment opportunities in towns and cities. Those who remain, usually because of their circumstances, see infrastructure-- roads, post offices, schools-- deteriorating and closing, leaving them isolated and living in poverty.

Nehemiah Gateway Albania's humanitarian team brings bundles of food staples, cleaning supplies, and donated clothing to about 150 households in the villages several times a year. The roads get worse every year, and delivering bundles of aid is a multi-day proposition requiring skilled driving and navigation. 

The story of the villages varies little from year to year, and the needs remain. We are happy to help them-- and grateful that, in contributing to this project, you have helped them too. 

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, NG USA

PS Note that, in addition to bringing aid to the villages, In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor helps many people in Pogradec who are living in poverty. In 2020, many people with health conditions face huge challenges to taking care of themselves. Your continued support is helping them as well. 

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Dear friends--

When Albania went into a nationwide lockdown in early March, Nehemiah Gateway worked with donors, GlobalGiving, and the City of Pogradec to expand the reach of its longstanding aid delivery program. The people we normally help--people who are old and alone, struggling with chronic health conditions, or trapped in a cycle of poverty-- continued needing aid. Many Albanians who live from day to day found themselves needing help as well, as their precarious livelihoods were put on hold by the lockdown. During March and April of 2020, Nehemiah Gateway delivered over 1000 aid parcels to people in need in Pogradec and Gjirokastër. 

At present, lockdowns in Albania have been substantially lifted. Nonetheless, the In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor program continues providing basic aid deliveries to society's most vulnerable-- and will continue doing so as long as aid is needed. This support saves lives-- especially in the era of COVID-19. By safely delivering necessities to people with chronic health conditions, we are helping them limit their exposure to other people, and thus their risk of infection.

With cases of COVID-19 increasing in Albania, it will become increasingly important to help vulnerable people stay home. And, if another lockdown occurs, In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor will be prepared to step up again to help the communities it serves. 

We are grateful for your support of this progam. 

Be well,

Sarah Pita

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