Albania has made great strides in economic growth and poverty reduction in recent years. While vast improvements have been made, there is still a long way to go: unemployment still stands at 13%, gender inequality remains relatively high, and gaps between opportunities available to rural and urban areas have widened.
Albania’s road to post-war recovery has been a long one, and Islamic Relief has stayed by its side through the years.
Islamic Relief started working in Albania in 1991 after war and unrest had effectively isolated Albania and hampered already impoverished living conditions for millions of Albanians. Islamic Relief launched its programs in Albania by first responding to urgent needs: Islamic Relief donors provided essential food rations and clothing to many who had been suffering from the stresses of war.
By the spring 1992, Islamic Relief Albania had opened an office so it could implement long-term development projects to help Albanians secure the necessary skills and tools to escape the vicious cycle of poverty.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Albania:
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Albania a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$1,000 can help build innovative livelihood programs
$250 can distribute life-saving medical aid to those suffering from disease
$50 can provide vital food packages to families suffering from starvation