Would you live here? Many families do...
Albanians from the poorest part of the country are leaving their
homes, making their way to a community in the port city of Durres,
in seach of a better life. However, this community is situated on
land that was previously a swamp. Sadly, rather than finding a
better life, the reality is, they find the same hopelessness and
struggle, just in a different place.
"This community is a town within a city and it is where the
majority of the families we serve live. The area is completely flat
(2m below sea level) and it was one of the few places where the
poor could build huts. In the winter when it rains, the whole place
floods and there is no proper sewerage system or water supply."
Kostandin Vasilini-MWB Program Manager, Albania.
The poor who came here did not realise that the land was so
polluted and flood prone. The ground on which the houses are built
is on stable, and the buildings are slowly sinking. No one would
choose to live here, but for many there is no other choice. MWB is
in search of other solutions to support families here.
Families who live here are treated as outcasts in the rest of
the city because of their background and poverty. Education is
almost impossible, and illiteracy is a huge problem as many parents
have no choice but to send their children out to the streets to
collect and scavage items to sell so they can eat. The poverty
cycle simply continues. In this area alone, MWB's Albanian team
supports 91 families and has developed partnerships and works
closely with the local church to help the poeple living here. "We
build trust with the parents to help them. We provide the children
with a means to go to school and give them confidence and encourage
the parents to keep them in school.
MWB need your support to assist these families living in crisis.
By sponsoring an Albanian familiy in this region, you can begin to
provide hope to them on every level. Your support brings food and
hygiene parcels for the family, clothes, shoes, blankets and
Through your donations and sponsorships, you can create
sustainable and long term change, helping families find a better
life, filled with hope.