Albania

Albania has seen considerable positive changes in child protection in the last years. However, too many children are still exposed to the risks of migration, trafficking and abuse. Our aim is to ensure that they are effectively protected and their rights are respected. To achieve this, we work in close partnership with government institutions and communities.

What we do

Child protection

To support child victims of abuse and identify those at risk, we contribute to improving the child protection system in Albania. We offer training and networking opportunities to professionals and empower local organisations through grants and mobilisation activities to develop initiatives for child protection. Children receive access to services, take part in psychosocial activities and get counselling. They can attend afterschool classes and learn about their rights, while parents take part in positive parenting courses. We also advocate for integration of child protection policies and strategies into the legal framework.

Migration

Families and children who migrate sometimes run great risks, whether along the way, at their destination or upon returning to Albania. They are willing to take these risks only because of severe economic hardship or violations of their rights at home. We help parents set up an income-generating activity, encourage children to attend school or to undertake vocational training and offer them after-school activities. In addition, our experts contribute to the improvement of both the regulatory framework and the services for children on the move and strengthen cross-border cooperation in the Balkans to prevent trafficking.

Juvenile Justice

Violent extremism among children and youth in Albania is mainly caused by difficult socio-economic conditions, lack of education opportunities, and isolation. To counter this phenomenon we are building youth resilience through an innovative approach at community level. We work with youth activists, local organisations and authorities. We train them on conflict resolution and leadership, offer grants to support grass-root initiatives to empower youth, and support youth in becoming agents of change by undertaking on-line counter-narrative campaigns.

Mother and child health

To ensure that the entire population, particularly marginalised and vulnerable groups, can access quality medical care, our teams are supporting ongoing reforms in Albania’s health system. As part of a consortium of three organisations (STPiH and Save the Children), we carry out health promotion campaigns for children and parents, establish training courses and a Master degree for primary healthcare professionals, rehabilitate the existing health care infrastructure and equip health centres and their staff with adequate instruments to work.

For several years, fourteen-year-old Kushtrim begged in Fier, Albania, to survive. After being identified by Tdh, he was given the basic items and support he needed to go back to school. Today, Kushtrim is a young man.

Kushtrim, A former Tdh beneficiary and member of the local community support group in Fier, Albania

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Terre des hommes in Albania

Beneficiaries 2017

 

14,813 people

 

Expatriate / local employees

 

1 / 34

Budget 2018

 

CHF 4,021,000

 

 

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1993
Terre des hommes starts its activity in Albania, focusing on combating child trafficking, abuse, neglect and exploitation and on developing the child protection system.
1999
During the Kosovo war, Tdh provides emergency assistance to refugees in Korça, including food aid, hygiene kits as well as psychological and social support.
2000
Launch of a large scale project to combat child trafficking between Albania and Greece, which earned Tdh the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic in 2002.
2010
The Law on the Protection of Child Rights is adopted, which includes the Child Protection Unit model led by Tdh.
2016
Tdh begins the work on the reintegration of migrant families returning to Albania and on prevention of unsafe migration.
2017
The new Law on the Rights and Protection of the Children is adopted with the contribution of Tdh experts.
2017
Tdh starts an innovative project to address violent extremism among youth. This also marks the beginning of the juvenile justice programme in Albania.

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Related publications

Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking

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