Tirana (urban) Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

1.In order to strengthen community organizations to fight against domestic violence and child abuse, the ADP trained 3 groups with 35 members on child protection mechanisms, how to address child protection cases, and about children with disabilities.2.In order to help community child protection groups collaborate and learn from each other, the ADP oganized 7 reflection meetings and 2 exchange visits between the groups.3.World Vision supported community groups to address gender issues and to promote equal rights and opportunities for boys and girls, women and men. As a result, a joint initiative between 11 groups was organized on equal rights and gender related issues in 2 communities where 80 youth participated.4.WV worked with a local student government to organize a training on Disaaster Risk Reducation for the members of the student government. The purpose of this training was the identification of natural and human disasters, disaster management as well the designing of a plan for the prevention of disasters in school by the students themselves.5.In order to build community capacity to help children grow and develop, the ADP has trained representatives of the Mission Possible Albania organization, The Church in Bregu I Lumit, and the Orthodox Church on how to organize activities for summer camps and build spiritual development in children. 6.The ADP supported initiatives of its partners to enhance the spiritual development of children. As a result, Christmas activities were organized with the participation of almost 500 children from very poor families, Roma and Egyptian community and children with disabilities. During the Easter, around 500 children participated in spring activities where they learned not only about the love of God and their community for them, but also discussed on the annual progress to share it with their friends in the US. In the months of June and July almost 850 children were part of the summer camps where they have learned their rights, gained confidence, discovered new talents, learned to love and respect each other and learned about God.7.Local education stakeholders including community groups and the Educational Office organized summer classes for struggling students. World Vision supported this process logistically by providing nutrition and the necessary education supplies for the students who were part of this process.8.Around 40 youth received different trainings and workshops on topics incuding bullying, prejudice and discrimination, career and success. After these trainings, the youth organized joint sports competitions with other youth in the areas, called Equal Cup (volleyball girls’ competition) and Cup against Violence (Football boys’ competition). All these trainings helped them grow individual leadership and group work. 9.Local organizations hosted an event to promote all-inclusive early childhood education. World Vision was one partner and contributed by providing coloring books and toys for children's groups.10.The ADP has worked closely with organizations to strengthen their capacity to improve the quality of education. As a result, the 2 organizations have trained 32 teachers on inclusive development and how to design Individual Development Plans for children with learning disabilities.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Protection|Advocacy|

Locations

  • Albania>Tirane

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Protection

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