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
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
Social Worker Aliya from NG delivers supplies
Social Worker Aliya from NG delivers supplies

Dear friend,

Many of the people who live in the villages in the mountains around Pogradec, Albania are there because they have nowhere else to go. Although there are no jobs, and there is little community infrastructure, people stay, living in crumbling stone buildings with no plumbing, heat, or electricity. They stay because the villages are their home, or because they are old, or sick, or injured, or confined by challenging circumstances.

This spring, your donation made it possible for Nehemiah Gateway's social work team to visit 145 households in Pogradec and the surrounding villages of Alarup, Bratomire, Nixhavec, Cerrave, Geshtenjas, and Dardhas. Your support brought them meals and supplies. Your support also made it possible for them to see compassionate, trained social workers who helped them work toward solutions to their challenges. 

In order to move toward dignified independence, people need to meet their most basic needs first. Your donation helped meet those needs for 145 households this spring. 

You can continue to help the poor in Albania through this ongoing program here. 

Thank you for your generosity.

All the best,

Sarah 

Some of the items in the aid bundles
Some of the items in the aid bundles
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The humanitarian team at Nehemiah Gateway Albania has been hard at work this winter, helping families in need in the Pogradec area. 

They brought in-home aid to 13 families in extreme need, including not only food, warm clothing, and firewood, but also, in response to specific requests,  crutches, a wheelchair, an adaptive bed, and home repairs including door locks for a family that was recently robbed. Note that home visitation in the winter is limited by challenging road conditions, especially to remote mountain villages.

At the Buçimas Center, a total of 1034 people received aid and services free of charge, including physical and speech therapy, psychological counseling, nurse visits, and facilitated support groups. Our popular support group for mothers of children with disabilities, which is supported by the humanitarian team, held their annual party in the big hall at the Nehemia School this month.

Nehemiah Gateway works to help people move toward self-sufficiency. Our humanitarian program addresses immediate needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, and psychological support, crucial first steps on a road to personal independence that looks a little different for each person. Your generous support keeps this important program going, and for that we thank you.

A donation of $25 covers a food bundle for a family in need in Pogradec. You can get one here. 

Thank you very much for your generosity.

With gratitude,

Sarah Pita

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Delivering an aid package in Pogradec
Delivering an aid package in Pogradec

Dear friends,

Over the last two weeks, the humanitarian team at Nehemiah Gateway distributed over 150 food parcels to families in need in the Pogradec area, braving wintry roads to bring food, clothing, medicine, and shoes to Albanians living in poverty. We visited many people society has left behind, including the very old, disabled people, and minorities such as the Roma. Your generous support has made it possible for these 150 households to enjoy a respite from hunger and want, and for that, they, and we, thank you. 

This campaign is ongoing, and you can still contribute here. 

Thank you again for your generosity. We wish you and yours peaceful and happy holidays, and best wishes in the new year.

Gratefully,

Sarah Pita

Welcome support for a young family
Welcome support for a young family
NG coworker Anila delivering an aid package
NG coworker Anila delivering an aid package
Help for those who cannot help themselves
Help for those who cannot help themselves
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Anila with a patient
Anila with a patient

The seven members of the Nehemiah Gateway Social and Medical Improvement help people for a living. They distribute food, clothing, and medical aid to the poor in Pogradec, Albania and the surrounding villages, helping almost 400 households a year. They also offer an array of medical, behavioral health, and palliative care resources to the community, free of charge, conducting weekly home visits for people in the Pogradec area with disabilities.

This summer, I joined NG coworker Anila on a home visit to an elderly man with a permanent leg injury. He lives with family members including an adult daughter and her son. Treatment was administered in the family living room, and Anila talked with the rest of the family while she worked, taking her time and listening to them while also observing her patient for any new symptoms. Instruction and support to the family members who are the primary caregivers is an important component of every visit, and in some cases social workers help clean the house and make lunch for the family. Our commitment to some of these families spans years. Every week somebody from Nehemiah Gateway’s SMI team goes to the house, provides care according to the needs of the patient, supports the rest of the family, and identifies and supplies other resources. In a society with almost no residential care available, this aid and moral support makes a challenging situation a little better.

When we left, the family hugged Anila and thanked her for coming. This was one of 90 people with permanent disabilities, and 60 people with temporary disabilities, that NG helps—some at home, some at our clinic, week after week and in some cases year after year. In supporting In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor, you are helping Anila and her team to bring comfort and hope to families in need.

Gratefully,

Sarah

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