World Vision Albania in a glance
Celebrating a quarter century serving children, youth, families, and communities
World Vision has been working in Albania for 24 years, bringing positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable.
Girls need our support
A short movie masterfully prepared, interpreted and produced by young people of IMPACT Clubs in Tirana, seek to raise a voice for all girls and women who find themselves in the trap of gender stereotypes. Education of girls, as their fundamental right, is one of the proposed solutions shared from young people.
World Vision started working in Albania in 1999, in response to the Kosovo refugee crisis. For more than two decades, our work has been focused on transformational development and long-standing support of vulnerable children, youth and families. Children’s wellbeing is at the heart of World Vision’s work in Albania, spread across three key sectors, in protection and social inclusion, youth activism and building secure livelihoods via economic development opportunities for vulnerable families.
During 2022, we have impacted the lives of over 69,610 people, among whom 49,738 children, in 123 communities in Albania. Disaster management is also a key element of our ministry in Albania as well; as World Vision we are committed to protecting the vulnerable during and after an emergency. In 2020, the country found itself in the middle of two consecutive emergencies: the aftermath of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake of November 26, 2019 and the pandemic of Covid-19. World Vision responded in a multisectorial approach to the devastating loss of Albanian families by reaching approximately 68,373 beneficiaries in 24 municipalities across the country.
World Vision is recognized in communities as their mobilizer and liaison with institutions and organizations on issues that affect children's lives. Together we have supported families, informed, raised awareness and advocated for the most vulnerable children.
World Vision works on behalf of the most vulnerable children and communities in Albania responding to their needs. Every child has the right to grow with dignity and prosperity, in order to develop his full potential! The foundation of our work is the reconciliation of the broken relationships, unity and strengthening of partnerships.
It takes a world
In Albania, 70% of children report to have experienced at least one type of violence in the last year. 80% of parents affirm to have used physical punishment to discipline their children. World Vision believes that violence against children is a disruption of life we desire for every child. “All together to end violence against children” this was the message from senior government representatives, institutions and organizations at the launch of the campaign “It Takes A World to End Violence Against Children” by World Vision, at the end of September 2018.
Luiza Gega: It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children
Back to School
“I told my father, I want to be an electrical engineer.” – said Eljon, 9 years old boy form Korça. When Eljon was in the second grade school he couldn’t go at school. World Vision Albania and Kosovo volunteer and staff organized a fair. Eljon’s friends made some sweets at home and sold them. It was not easy, but young boys and girls made it and helped Eljon to return to school. “I always tell him that he should learn if he wants to be somebody in life because me and my wife are unemployed most of the time” –said Shpëtim, Eljon’s father.
“We want a future in the family were love pervades, where to have security and support,” Celebije 8 years old & Altea 8 years old, form Shkodra
“New school year beginning was difficult for me and my family because I didn’t have books and school supplies. Thanks to World Vision Albania & Kosovo, the municipality and my friends now I have everything I need and I go every day to school. I’m so happy because I’m not different anymore. I feel better than every other year because before I had used books, now I have new ones,” says Angjela, 13-years old from Lezha.
The first national study on the prevalence of disability showed there are 70,000 disabled children in Albania. Only 8% of them receive basic services. World Vision has launched the social program “Tungjatjeta”/ “Hello Life”, where a mobile team of experts offers visits and services for children with disabilities, in the most remote areas of the country, in their homes.
“Tungjatjeta”/ “Hello Life” is a social program that aims to socially integrate children with disabilities in remote areas of Albania.