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Albania

Albania has seen considerable positive changes in child protection in the last years. However, many children are still exposed to the risks of migration, trafficking and abuse or are in contact or conflict with the law. Our aim is to ensure that they are protected and that their rights are respected. To achieve this, we work in partnership with public institutions, human rights organisation and local communities.

What we do

Child protection

Albania is struggling with providing quality child protection services and effective local responses for all children. To support child victims of abuse and violence, we advocate for better integration of policies and strategies into the existing legal framework and strengthen the child protection system. We provide training for professionals and support the efforts of local child protection organisations through small grants. Affected children receive access to services, take part in psychosocial activities, get counselling, and go to after-school classes where they learn about their rights, while parents attend positive parenting courses. We also support the rehabilitation and reintegration of children and mothers who returned from war zones, by ensuring quality psychosocial services and strengthening theirchildren’s and families'resilience.

Children and youth in migration

In the past decades, Albania has experienced massive emigration waves. Despite socio-economic developments over the years, poverty, unemployment, lack of access to services and social exclusion remains the main causes forcing vulnerable people to emigrate. To prevent unsafe migration and ensure reintegration of families that returned to Albania, we provide support for sustainable economic empowerment of families, encourage children to attend school or after-school activities, provide psychosocial counselling and support and empower young people to become agents of change. We improve the regulatory framework and the services for children on the move, strengthen cross-border cooperation in the Balkans to prevent trafficking and ensure access to protection and reintegration services for victims.

Access to justice

Cases of children in conflict with the law in Albania are mainly caused by difficult socio-economic conditions, lack of education opportunities and social exclusion. To counter this phenomenon, we support system strengthening and youth resilience building through a restorative justice approach. We strengthen the child protection system for children in conflict with the law by supporting the authorities to develop or amend and implement legal provisions, policy papers and working protocols. We work to prevent the reoffending of children in conflict with the law by developing, implementing, strengthening reintegration programmes by promoting the necessary knowledge and skills for successful rehabilitation of young people in contact or conflict with the law.

Humanitarian crises

In 2019, all attention and efforts shifted towards emergency issues, as the 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit central Albania and heavily affected the most populated areas. Tdh responded to the immediate needs of the affected population. To build children’s resilience and restore a sense of normality and continuity in their lives, we provided psychosocial, life skills and educational support and created safe, protective, and nurturing environments. In 2020 while the country was facing the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we supported vulnerable families to fulfill their basic needs with food packages and hygiene products.

The twin girls Klara and Klea and their brother Erjon live with their parents in a small village in Northern Albania. Tdh facilitated their reintegration after their asylum appeal was turned down in Germany.

Klara, Klea and Erjon, could reintegrate in Albania

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Terre des hommes in Albania

Beneficiaries 2020

 

11,350 people

 

Expatriate / local employees

 

0 / 45

Budget 2020

 

CHF 1,661,580

 

 

 

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.
2018
A new program on Access to Justice was launched and being implemented in the country.
2019
Tdh is on the frontline to support children and families in need, affected by the devastating earthquake in November 2019.
2020
Tdh responds to the COVID-19 pandemic through directly supporting hundreds of families in vulnerable conditions and providing working documents for professionals working in COVID-19 conditions.

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Related publications

Annual Report 2020
Thematic Policy - Enhancing child protection systems
Tdh Magazine No. 40 – Against Child Trafficking

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