Albania

Ensuring children are effectively protected against trafficking, exploitation and violence, and that their rights are respected are the aims of Terre des hommes’ work in Albania. We work in close partnership with government institutions, civil society organisations as well as families and communities.

The situation in Albania

Too many children in Albania are still exposed to high risks of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Begging, collecting recyclable waste, industrial work as well as early marriage and sexual exploitation are a reality for thousands of them. A child protection system is in place but still suffers from a lack of resources and coordination. Migration is also an issue in Albania.

What we do

Improving child protection

Children victims of violence and exploitation as well as children working or living in the street benefit from qualified, professional assistance. We support the child protection services at the local and national level to identify children in need of assistance and provide effective help. We also empower children, community members, teachers, parents and the civil society to play an active role in preventing abuse and exploitation by identifying and referring cases of vulnerable children. In 2015, more than 2,700 children received individual support.

Migrant children

Families and children who migrate sometimes run great risks, whether along the way, at their destination or upon returning or being sent back to Albania. They are willing to take these risks only because of severe economic hardship or violations of their rights at home. Terre des hommes helps parents set up an income-generating activity, encourages children to attend school and makes it possible for them to take part in after-school activities. In addition, our experts work closely with national anti-trafficking coordinators in Albania and Kosovo to strengthen cross-border cooperation, and improve both the regulatory framework and the services for children on the move.

Exploitation and trafficking

To support children victims of exploitation and trafficking and identify those at risk, we build the capacities of professionals working with and for children, at local, regional and national level. In parallel, we advocate for the adoption and implementation of proper child protection policies and strategies. Our teams work the communities to provide parenting programs, education support for children, psychological and social counseling, awareness raising initiatives or peer education.

Mother and child health

To ensure that the entire population, particularly underprivileged and marginalised groups, can access quality medical services, our teams are supporting ongoing reforms in Albania’s health system. In collaboration with other organisations, we are implementing the Health for All project, providing training of primary healthcare professionals, health promotion programmes for communities and rehabilitating equipment and infrastructure. More than 700 professionals including social workers, health and education staff were trained in 2015.

For several years, fourteen-year-old Koushtrim 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, Koushtrim is a young man.

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

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Albania

Beneficiaries in 2015

4,483 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 19

Budget 2016

CHF 2,621,610.-

Where we work

Nation-wide with projects in Fier, Korça, Lezha, Shkodra

Local partners 

Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Ministry of Interior, State Agency for the Protection of Children’s Rights, State Social Services, Office of the Anti-trafficking Coordinator, Municipalities of Tirana, Fier, Korca, Lezha and Shkodra, ARSIS (Association for the social support of youth), Romani Baxt, FBSh (Children of the World and of Albania-Human Rights), Shkej (Shokata Kombetare Edukim per Jeten), TLAS (Tirana legal aid society), Emanuel Mission.

Other partners

Save the Children, World Vision Albania, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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Timeline

1993
Terre des hommes starts work in Albania, with a project to prevent the abandonment of children and tuition classes to reduce the school dropout rate among children from underprivileged families. Both projects have since been fully taken over by our local partner, NPF.
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 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 was adopted, which includes the Child Protection Unit model led by Tdh.

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Related publications

Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2015.
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking

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