Walking together to increase women dignity and independence
This is the final update, there is no one-year progress report.
Thanks to your contributions, we started sport activities for about 40 girls from 12 to 18 years old that live in the community. We bought sports material and contracted a Volleyball Coach and an assistant. This is a great addition to the activities organized by the center such as remedial classes, music and dancing courses. These activities allow girls to have interaction with other teens and to network with humanitarian organizations that will help them on their personal development and confidence. These girls are usually not allowed to go out of their houses, but now, the Salesian sisters and volunteers go to the families to invite them to joint the center and they accompany them so they can go. Regarding the provision of room and board for 10 at risk young women, we are currently working with other humanitarian organizations to prepare everything for their reception, defining activities and guarantee their security. Once the girls are here professional formation will begin.
Risks and challenges
The good news are that we were able to prepare space to accommodate16 girls at risk. Thanks to Catapult contributions, 10 girls will have room and board, and thanks to the Salesian partners on the field, 6 additional girls will also have this. However, we have had some delays in our original plans due to two main reasons: 1- The government has taken longer than expected to provide licenses both for the boarding services and for the professional courses. However application has been accepted and the license will be ready at the end of the year/January maximum. 2- The delay in the installation of the kitchens and furniture; We are confident that starting in January we will receive the girls and start professional activities.
My family, from north of Albania, carries the taboos of a mentality too closed.In my past life’s experiences I had to obey and not to think. I’m now starting to realized that everything these people do day after day, in their simplicity, it is really "ONLY FOR US" , and so I entrusted myself to this wonderful feeling.I am sure that VIDES & the Salesians will write other projects of love for the young people of this country, needing strong and courageous leaders for a better education and future.
To complete the project the following steps will be taken: 1. Installation of the kitchen equipment no later than the end of December; 2. Work of collaboration with other educational agencies; 3. Work Plan throughout the duration of the project with related audits; 4. Women will be received in the Center on the beginning of January and will engage in the processing of the greenhouse, professional cooking classes, hotel business and tourism. 5. Organization of small sports leagues.
So far only the sports activities started as envisaged. The government has taken longer than expected to provide licenses both for the boarding services and for the professional courses. However application has been accepted and the license will be ready at the end of the year/January maximum when the professional courses and the boarding service will start.
|Line Items||Projected budget||Amount spent so far|
Room and board
Teacher salary for cooking course
Materials and cleaning
Sports equipment and assistant
Give young women a lifetime of opportunity through professional cooking classes and personal development.
Why we care: With no education and proper training, young women from Lezhe, Albania are at risk of being extremely marginalized, sexually exploited, or underground immigration.
How we’re solving this: We’re giving young women in Lezhe shelter and protection, teaching them how to cook through professional training, and hosting sports activities for their all-around development.
Northern Albania, and in particular the district of Lezhe, is the poorest region of Albania. Public schools in the area have strong educational deficiencies, and students don’t get proper training opportunities. Because finding a job is difficult without adequate training, women are often subject to underground immigration, early marriage, and human trafficking for prostitution.
With your support, we’ll help to solve these problems. We’ll provide room and board for 10 at-risk young women (16-25 years old) for 12 months. Also, we’ll organize professional cooking courses, totaling 400 hours, for 15 women who are staying at the shelter home. Finally, we’ll host sports activities for 30 girls from the Youth Centre to help them make the most of their leisure time.
With 23 years of experience in Albania, the Salesian Sisters have tested and implemented successful cooking course and sports activities, but they require financial support to reach more girls. The Salesian Sisters have already obtained financing for the shelter home, however they need support to provide room and board to girls.
Our goal is simple – we want to give more women the opportunity to have a better future. After professional training, these young women will obtain a certificate recognized by the Ministry of Labor, which helps them find a job or even start a business. For example, Florina, a young mother we empowered, opened a small fast food restaurant to pay for the education of her three children.
Help us empower more women like Florina in Albania.