Grandmother Drita in front of her house
Fidan would have turned 38 in May. His mother, Drita, clearly recalls the day she saw him for the last time. At that time, she was happily looking after Fidan’s son, Bekir, who was only 1 year old, while Fidan’s daughter, Rrezarta, 6, was in school.
The news of the accidental death of Fidan shocked the whole family. He was a respected community member, with a very important job position in the municipality, from where he contributed to the improvement of the well-being of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities, the most marginalized communities in Kosovo. He was the only member of the family who had a job. He left behind his wife and two children, Rrezarta and Bekir. A year after his death, the children's mother abandoned her children and started a new life somewhere else.
Grandmother Drita was left with the burden of raising her nephew and niece alone. However, she didn’t consider this as a burden. Her eyes are full of happiness when talking about them and their achievements. She doesn’t want to mention all the difficulties and challenges endured during this period of raising her grandchildren when she remembers that Rrezarta has already finished school, and Bekir who is now 13 years old is doing very well in his lessons. She is proud of her grandchildren, for the people they have become.
“When I heard that my son had died, I couldn’t help but wish to be dead myself too. I couldn’t believe that he was gone. But I moved forward because my grandchildren needed me. Their mother left, as well, and they had no one else. I started taking care of them, and they kept me alive. I am so thankful for having them in my life.”
During these years, we have helped Drita and the children with food, clothes and academic material so they could go to school. All this support was made possible thanks to your generosity from far away. She is very thankful for your help appreciating every penny sent to help her raise her grandchildren.
Her name, Drita, means light.
And she is the brightest light in the lives of her grandchildren.
The other nephew of Drita