“Light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it”
JOHN 1:5
As the year is coming to an end, here we are in December concluding a long journey. Besides all challenges and difficulties, 2021 has been, without a doubt, a year full of achievements, successes, and fulfillment. The lights, a symbol of the holiday season, are already lit all over the cities. So are our hopes and vision for a brighter year, as we dream for a year with fewer challenges and violence, and more tolerance and love.
These are the hopes of children, young people, and their parents in 179 communities where World Vision works in Albania. Myslime and Enver pray for their three daughters to have hoped; They also hope for young people like Xhemile, Sindi, Drita, and Durim who have been through many obstacles in their life, but who have learned how to overcome problems and help others. The love for life has kept many families together, including Alketa's family, a mother, wife and daughter who challenges stereotypes and invites us to think more deeply about gender equality.

We hereby invite you to read their stories as follows:

If you can live like a woman!
Under the global theme "Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now", the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence are marked from November 25 to December 10, 2021. Gender-based violence can be prevented by addressing its root causes, by transforming the underlying norms and beliefs that support violence, and by empowering girls and women.

Positive Parenting
An intervention that aims sustainable changes in children’s lives
Youth Festival 2021
Corner of Tranquility
Helping children against COVID-19
Besides being a health emergency, the global pandemic brought many socio-economic difficulties especially for the families in need who were found unprepared to cope with the given situation. In response to the situation, the project "Inclusive COVID- 19 response for children with disabilities and their families in Albania" supported by the European Union and implemented by World Vision Albania in collaboration with Down Syndrome Albania, Together Albania Foundation, MEDPAK, ADRF, Help Life and ANAD supported 702 children with disabilities aged 3-18 years old and their families in 14 municipalities of Albania: Shkodër, Dibër, Bulqizë, Kurbin, Lezhë, Kamëz, Tirana, Durrës, Berat, Elbasan, Librazhd, Prrenjas, Korça and Maliq. 

Disasters strike without warning
The project "Building resilience and preparedness skills through Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and school community engagement", which involved children, teenagers, and teachers in 23 schools in the country, in Tirana, Kamza, Durres, Kavaja, Kurbin, Lezha, is supported by UNICEF Albania, SDG Acceleration Fund, funded by the Dutch government and implemented by World Vision Albania, in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the National Agency for Civil Protection. 
50 young participants in the project "Pathways to Career Development
Through this project, young people from Albania and Montenegro are given the opportunity to learn, prepare for the labour market, influence economic growth, and reduce social problems in their communities.
For many young families returning from emigration, the challenge is to reintegrate their children into the education system. It is not easy to stop speaking the language of the country where you live and return to your home county, beginning to speak your mother tongue in settings where you also need to cope with the successful example of your classmates.
The support continues
World Vision in Albania has supported approximately 135,009 individuals including 74,926 children since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency on March 9, 2020.
WVA's contribution throughout the pandemic focused on the education sector, child protection, and improving living conditions and lifestyles. 2004 families have been supported with agricultural and livestock products.
Our staff/ Forever young
Afrim is always on the move and most of the time on foot. He joined the World Vision Albania team in 2015 as a Business Facilitator and has been constantly seeking to improve the lives of those around him ever since. At the same time, he always finds opportunities and spaces to stay young and full of energy. Read more about Afrim, the proud 65-year-old grandfather who continues to challenge others without stopping himself.
Chocolate that supports dreams
World Vision Albania and Rubi introduce the Marou Chocolate with a unique design made from children's pictures. 200 Albanian Lek per each sold chocolate go for organizing activities for most in-need children and youth.
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The Gift Catalogue of the end of the year
Holidays become more joyful when we share with each other. World Vision Albania in this celebrations season, offers this opportunity to everyone through online gift catalogue
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World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian, community development, and advocacy organization. World Vision started working in Albania in 1999, in response to the Kosovo refugee crisis. For two decades, our work has been focused on the development and long-standing support of vulnerable children, adolescents and youth, and families. Through its work, World Vision has affected the lives of over 60,000 children and 43,000 adults, in 179 communities, in 19 municipalities of Albania. The focus of our works is protection and social inclusion, youth activism, and opportunities for economic development for vulnerable families. World Vision is committed to bring sustainable change and increase the well-being of children and families in Albania.

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