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Global Care Albania is a non-profit organization working to protect and improve the lives of children at risk in Bathore, one of the most densely populated and socially problematic areas in the outskirts of Albania’s capital Tirana. Since 1999, Global Care Albania has been driving changes at the community level as well as engaging in advocacy at the public policy environment.
Our organization focuses on the well-being of children and educates a variety of community and policy-making actors on the importance of solving children's issues while at the same time aiming to tackle everyday practical issues affecting the quality of life for many neglected and maltreated children in this socially deprived area of Albania. Once the magnet of illegal settlements of rural populations from the north, Bathore now comprises 5 Km² (2 square miles) and over 50,000 inhabitants. In 30 years, the area has transformed from farm-land to squatter settlements from northern rural Albania and now represents a dense residential suburban community which suffers from immense social and economic problems.
We started our service to the community of Bathore in the outskirts of Albania’s capital Tirana in 1999, when the area was faced with a massive demographic boom. As poor families from the rural north of the country migrated closer to the capital city in search for better opportunities, Bathore quickly turned into a messy informal urban area without any basic infrastructural conditions. The newly settled community reflected a socially deprived layer of the society where jobless parents with numerous children created a breeding ground for criminal activities and abuse. It is against this socially deprived background that the dedicated team of Global Care Albania serves over 50,000 inhabitants by focusing our work on education, development and healthcare, firm in our belief that poverty, abuse and a lack of education are strongly inter-connected.
As the Bathore farmland was slowly taken over by squatters in the early ‘90s, Tirana was facing a massive demographic boom following the collapse of the communist regime. Poor communities from the rural north of the country migrated closer to the capital city in search for better opportunities. Bathore like the rest of the Kamza area, turned into a messy informal urban area without any basic infrastructural conditions. This new community of poor families with jobless parents and multiple children gave the area a negative brand, therefore creating a breeding ground for crime and abuse. It is against this socially deprived background that Global Care Albania opened the “Ditë e Re” Community Center in 1999, in order to address the critical physical, emotional, spiritual and mental conditions of women and children in Bathore. We decided to focus on education, development and healthcare, firm in our belief that poverty, abuse and a lack of education are strongly inter-connected. This is why for the past 23 years, we have focused on the well-being and education of children, as a way to foster change from within the Bathore community. We feel blessed when we see toddlers become kids, and kids becoming young adults, ready to face the world and the employment market.
We do not believe in titles, we work as a team! For the past 23 years, we have dedicated our service to protecting and improving the lives of children and women at risk in Bathore, Kamëz, one of the most densely populated and socially problematic areas in the outskirts of Albania’s capital Tirana. Operating in a breeding ground for domestic abuse and neglected children, our engagement is geared towards an education-based community support, as the best way to empower women and get kids out of the slums. Here’s our core team.
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For more than two decades, Evis has been leading the work of Global Care Albania, focusing her efforts on creating a safe environment for kids to grow and build up their spiritual and moral values away from violence, abuse and neglect.
Inspired by her Christian faith to serve others in need, Evis is a strong advocate of public policy on children and women rights.
Evis's credentials are supported by a variety of training programs in staff management, risk management and family crisis management while she applies the ‘Leading by Example’ team leadership style.
She is part of Connecting Business & Marketplace to Christ (CBMC) and is currently helping the Children Protection Policy team at the Albanian Evangelical Alliance (VUSH).
Zyrafete has served as our Centre’s wonderful cook for over 18 years. As our head of the kitchen, she is crucial in creating a homely environment for children present at our premises while preparing healthy and tasty meals for the kids on a daily basis.
Zyrafete has been part of the Bathore community for 30 years after being born and raised in the deep areas of Northern Albania.
Now 52 years old and a mother of four, Zyrafete encourages kids to take part in the process of food preparation and serving, firm in her belief that tey need to learn how to serve each other and show appreciation care and affection for one another.
Naslie has been part of Global Care Albania for the past 8 years. She is a 64 year old certified primary school teacher with many years of experience and contributes in our school club activities.
Having been dedicated to her profession for so many years she has cultivated the ability to recognize the needs and difficulties of the children, especially those who come from a derived family background. Her loving and motherly personality provides kids with a safe place for them to learn and share with each other. Naslie is always striving for excellence and skill building, which in turn inspires the kids to look forward to a brighter future, away from abuse and neglect.
Ejona is currently working as a coordinator for Global Care Albania. She first joined us in 2018 as a kindergarden teacher, a position she held for almost two years having graduated with a degree in teaching.
During these two years she organized and carried out several training programmes for the children with special needs as well as children who are being raised in difficult surroundings.
Being a mother of two, Ejona is unable to turn a blind eye to the needs of these children, always working hard to make a difference in their lives.
Merita has been working as a speech therapist and physiotherapist for Global Care Albania for 11 years. After her graduation in Speech Therapy in 2007 and Physiotherapy in 2010, she has participated in many training programmes and is currently holding meetings with a group of teenagers.
Her love for people and children has encouraged her to face any challenge and her positive character has made it possible for them to overcome their reality inspiring them to look forward to more opportunities.
Delina has been our joyous kindergarten teacher for three years. She joined Global Care Albania 6 years ago and started her journey as an educational assistant for the children with disabilities, such as Autism,
Down syndrome and Intellectual disability. She has taken part in several training programmes and is currently helping children aged 3-6. Her loving and kind nature has made it possible for her to have an amazing time with the children. Living in Bathore and being a mother of two have made it possible for her to not only help the children in need, but also build a good relationship with their parents.
For over two decades, Global Care Albania has been humbly serving the deprived children and abused women of the Bathore community near Albania’s capital Tirana - and that's still what we do today! This work is only made possible by the ongoing generosity of our donors, whose support today is needed more than ever. We are very thankful for the following partners who believe in our mission:
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