Albania

Why World Vision is in Albania


As in most other countries, the COVID-19 pandemic posed Albania’s most significant challenge in 2020, with important economic sectors like agriculture and manufacturing hit hard during closures. Destructive earthquakes in late 2019 had already taken their toll on emergency response systems and damaged important infrastructure, which meant Albania was already struggling when the pandemic began. The country’s schools were also impacted by the 2019 earthquakes, and distance learning efforts necessitated by the earthquakes and the pandemic weren’t successful for many students, especially kids with disabilities. Children there need better access to emotional and mental health support during the pandemic-related closures as well as better protection from domestic violence. With the strong support of partners, our staff reached over 60,000 children and their families with resources and trainings to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty. As part of our COVID-19 response, we made sure health workers and families had needed items to protect themselves, and vulnerable families received resources like farming supplies, school materials, and food packages. Through advocacy efforts and youth trainings, children are being protected from harm and gaining awareness of their rights.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Albania

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • More than 300 mothers and fathers learned parenting skills, including age-appropriate communication and positive discipline.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • During a flooding emergency, families received food to help ensure children stayed well-nourished.
  • Around 550 students benefited from renovated school bathrooms, which included improved access for students with disabilities.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • In Albania, children with disabilities are getting the resources they need to help them be successful in school. World Vision trained teachers in inclusive teaching methods and how to design quality learning spaces for children with special needs.
  • Nearly 100 teens learned about the social and emotional issues they may encounter and how to make healthy decisions.

Prayer Requests from Albania

World Vision's staff in Albania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For our country’s political and economic situation to improve, especially so families living in poverty will have needed support, and for God’s grace and direction in the election process.

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  • For protection for all people at higher risk of the virus, and that God would bring healing as He removes fear and anxiety from people.

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News from Albania

Voices

The importance of play when violence displaces childhood

In times of crisis, World Vision establishes Child-Friendly Spaces where children can go and feel safe, begin recovering from trauma, and learn to play again. Read how play is crucial for children’s learning and recovery.