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Why World Vision is in Albania
Albania is making strides to transform ineffective societal structures, but poverty and unemployment remain high. Albanian kids reached an important milestone this year: 76 boys and girls successfully advocated to the government to change the way children are protected from violence, in the first-ever consultation of its kind between Albanian children and officials. Albania faces substantial challenges from child abuse and government corruption. A failing educational system, along with high levels of poverty, abuse, and ethnic discrimination, hold many kids back from reaching their full God-given potential. Disabled children and youth are especially vulnerable; more than nine in 10 don’t have adequate access to services they need to thrive in their communities and at school. Your support is helping create safe environments where these vulnerable kids can flourish. Thanks to you and friends like you, thousands of children and adults benefited from training in family and parenting methods, life skills, resilience, and awareness. The Celebrating Families curriculum brought biblical methods of nurturing and raising children into hundreds of households. With programs that listen to kids and put their feedback into action, children are leading the charge in their communities to strengthen leadership, resources, learning methods, and positive models to improve child protection laws and education practices. Empowered for active citizenship, they’re leaning into fullness of life while changing the future for other kids like them.
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.
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.
- Children in Albania are learning about their rights, how to prevent bullying, and respond to cases of child abuse. Through child protection groups, children are coming together to advocate for local and national government leaders to implement changes to protect children.
- Parents and teachers in Albania are receiving education on children's rights, how to report child abuse, and how to prevent abuse through communication skills and positive discipline methods.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children and youth in Albania were taught critical health lessons about nutrition, oral hygiene and substance abuse. Afterward, many young people were empowered to then organize events and educate their peers on these healthy practices.
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.
- By closely working with schools in Albania, children learned leadership skills through student councils. Students met regularly to get guidance from teachers and organize student-led events to influence their schools and communities.
Prayer Requests from Albania
World Vision's staff in Albania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children with disabilities in rural areas to gain access to services and support through mobile units.
Wisdom and discernment for local staff as they work to address root causes of violence.
News from Albania
Pray for Eastern Europe — for mothers and their unborn babies, for neglected and abused children, and for marginalized communities in Eastern Europe.
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