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
Villagers near Mokra
Villagers near Mokra

Dear friends--

The In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor project continues to bring food, supplies, clothing, and medicine to 190 families  in the Pogradec area of Albania year-round.  The people we help are in need due to poverty, illness, disability, unemployment, crisis, and geographical isolation. With your help, we provide aid, social services, and medical support to people who would not get it otherwise. 

Recently, the NG team visited the remote mountain villages in the Mokra area outside Pogradec. The roads to Mokra are terrible, and get worse every year.  A professor at Nehemiah Gateway University who lives in Pogadec accompanied the team. He says he was surprised at the abject poverty he witnessed in some households. One old woman who lives alone has holes in her roof that she patches with plastic sheeting every time it rains, climbing up on to the loosely tiled roof herself to put up the plastic in the rain and then removing them when the sun comes out. Food aid helps, but "much more assistance is needed," he says.

This project will continue as long as there are people in the Pogradec area who go to bed cold, hungry and without a good roof over their heads every night. You can help make their new year brighter and warmer by continuing to support this project here.

With best wishes for a happy holiday season and wonderful new year,

Sarah Pita

Development Director, Nehemiah Gateway USA

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Angelina, age 83, with therapist Anila
Angelina, age 83, with therapist Anila

This summer, volunteers Tracy and Mitch Dalton of Estes Park, Colorado visited Pogradec. In addition to volunteering at Amaro Tan's summer camp, they were able to visit NG Albania's programs. They accompanied the social work team on home visits, and Tracy provided the following report of her experiences:

The Social and Medical Improvement team at Nehemiah Gateway (NG) has formed relationships with many different families in and around Pogradec. These families have many different needs, and the team works to take care of each family and the individual family members. Home visits allow the team to keep a presence throughout the community, especially for families with members with mobility challenges who cannot visit the NG clinic.

The home visitation program is unique, and families are very hospitable to visitors. I went along for a couple of visits, and the families I met are special people with tremendous stories. The social worker visits with the families to determine their needs, and works to provide for whatever those needs are. In some cases it can be a listening ear, while in other cases it may be medical or mental health care.  I saw individuals who were housebound due to paralysis and muscle pain. The social worker provided a massage while visiting, which helped to ease pain and discomfort, and talked to the family to better understand their challenges. During the visit, the families offered coffee, water, and treats. These families often don't have much extra for themselves, but they provide what they have to visitors without hesitation, and with much grace. It is amazing to visit people who give so much when they have so little.

The Social and Medical Improvement team at Nehemiah Gateway provides a connection for families who might otherwise be overlooked by society. Whether it is for a member with special needs, or a medical condition, the SMI team gives people the opportunity to live a full life even with hard circumstances. 

Your donation to "In Albania, Food and Medicine for the Poor" is helping families like these to make ends meet, and easing the burdens of poverty, isolation and physical pain. The project is ongoing, and the team visits dozens of families like these every month. 

Thank you for your generous support.

Sincerely,

Sarah Pita

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

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

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Nehemiah Gateway USA

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Sarah Pita
Boulder, CO United States
$19,250 raised of $20,000 goal
 
141 donations
$750 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Nehemiah Gateway USA has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.