Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Young people in particular are leaving their homeland to find work abroad. Help is committed to creating new opportunities. We provide start-up aid for young and disadvantaged people and help them build a self-determined life.
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Poverty and lack of opportunities
The legacy of the communist past still weighs heavily on Albania. For over 40 years, the people lived under the totalitarian dictator Enver Hoxha, who led the country further and further into isolation. To this day, around 200,000 bunkers, which Hoxha had built all over the country as protection against external enemies, serve as silent memorials to this time.
The regime was overthrown in 1990, but corruption, nepotism and organized crime have so far prevented the country from recovering. Albania remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. In search of work, more than 700,000 people have left Albania in the last thirty years. There is great despair, especially among young people.
In November 2019, Albania was also shaken by a severe earthquake. 51 people lost their lives, public facilities and roads were destroyed, and tens of thousands lost their homes. Many people have been struggling with trauma and even greater financial problems ever since.
Jump start for a self-determined future
Many young and educated people in Albania currently see emigration as their only perspective. In their home country, they face too many obstacles to build their own future. Help reaches out to them: We support young and disadvantaged people through sustainable training programs to facilitate their access to the labor market.
In addition, Help creates new opportunities: We provide resources for the establishment of start-ups and small businesses and offer trainings in business management and marketing. We are particularly committed to strengthening innovative and environmentally friendly ideas and provide support for businesses run by women. Help also promotes the renovation of kindergartens and daycare centers to make it easier for young parents to participate in working life. In our work, we rely on the extensive experience we have gained in over 25 years in the Western Balkans.
Help has been active in Albania since 2019. Our work initially focused on emergency aid following the severe earthquake in November 2019. Immediately after the disaster, we distributed relief supplies such as mattresses, sleeping bags and blankets to the affected families. Subsequently, we helped rebuild a severely damaged kindergarten.
- 2.8 million people live in Albania (2021)
- 57 percent of Albanians are Muslim, 17 percent are Christian (2011)
- Albania's migration rate is the highest in Europe: Since 1991, more than 700,000 people have left the country, and the number of unreported cases is probably much higher (2022)
- Around 30 percent of young people in Albania have no work (2022)
- Earthquake 2019: A few hours after the disaster, our team was already in action in the hard-hit port city of Durrës and distributed 1,290 blankets, 200 diapers and 176 sleeping bags to those affected.
- In Kavaja, a small town near Durrës, Help rebuilt a severely damaged kindergarten. 120 children can now learn and play again in a safe environment.
- Since the end of the emergency aid, Help in Albania has been focusing on projects to strengthen the socio-economic situation of the population and, in particular, to help women and young people to build up a livelihood.
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