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Support to Families of the Earthquake in Albania

by Partnere per Femijet
Support to Families of the Earthquake in Albania
Support to Families of the Earthquake in Albania
Support to Families of the Earthquake in Albania
Support to Families of the Earthquake in Albania
Basic Family Needs
Basic Family Needs

Dear Supporter,

Arben is 9 years old.  He lives with his family of Mum, Dad and two siblings in a container in Vore, Albania.  Last time we met them they were living in a tent and winter had set in.  The children were frightened especially at night and when it rained and the walls of the tent would shake and become damp with the constant rain showers.

Through your donations, we were able to give Arben and his family some basic items of clothing so that each of them had a change of clothes and the wet and dirty ones could be washed and dried.  For Arben we gave him and his sister, Ana some colouring books and some coloured pencils and felt tip pens.  The smiles on their faces were evidence that these small gifts were a big surprise and a delight to the children.

On our next visit Arben readily showed us his completed and coloured drawings.  Arben particularly enjoys bright colours like red and green.

Other families and young children in Vore, like Arben’s are struggling to survive five months after the earthquake.  Some families continue to live in tents, some have been provided with a container as a home, and a few have found rented accommodation.  None of the shelters are permanent.   To access services families need to have access to an online government operated database; the majority of these families do not have ready access to this resource and without a registered address cannot request assistance.

What all the families require is basic staples like food, nappies for the youngest children, toys and means of occupying the children, clothes and medication for those who have chronic illnesses, like diabetes or hypertension.  With your support we can provide Arben and many others like him with some joy in a situation that goes on and on with little hope of a quick resolution. 

Thank you for supporting Arben and his family!

Living in a container is not like a real home
Living in a container is not like a real home
Essential medication for chronic illnesses
Essential medication for chronic illnesses
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Children Smile!
Children Smile!

Dear Friend,

Happy holidays from us here at Partnere per Femijet!

As we all look forward to the New Year with hope and joy, for many families and young children in Albania, 2020 looks bleak and each day colder and wet now the winter is here.

The recent earthquake took away families’ homes, like those in the Kombinat or Vore areas, near to Tirana, leaving children as young as 6 months old with their siblings under 4 and their parents living in tents.  The luckier ones have been given a portable cabin, but for most of them they shiver and try to make the best of it as the heavy rainstorms makes the tents damp and outside ground forms large muddy puddles.  How do you get warm or dry when the wind drives straight through the thin canvas walls; how do you make hot meals or wash and dry your clothes?

Our wish for next year is to be able to help these families rebuild their homes and to provide furniture and basic essentials.  We also need to prevent the babies and young children catching coughs, flu and worse illnesses due to their poor living conditions.  Dry and warm clothes and bedding are essential to keep everyone warm and comfortable.  This holiday season, please consider helping us to help the children! The work that we do is dependent on individuals like you.

What can you do? 

  • Donate! If you set up a recurring donation, GlobalGiving will match it.
  • Ask your employer for a corporate gift card, or
  • Reach out to your network of friends, peers and colleagues and start a fundraiser. For every 5 people you know, those 5 people know another 5!

Each small donation gives a young child a smile and they know they have not been forgotten.  Let the New Year be a new beginning for these families!

Thank you,

Partnere per Femijet Staff

Rain, mud and living in the tent
Rain, mud and living in the tent
Not forgetting the youngest child
Not forgetting the youngest child
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Partnere per Femijet

Location: Tirana, Central Region - Albania
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Project Leader:
Ingrid Jones
Tirana, Central Region Albania

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