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Pogradec is a city of 37,000 people in southeastern Albania. Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, with about 34% of the overall population living poverty. In rural areas and among marginalized groups such as people with disabilities, the rate is much higher. The education system in Albania offers very little support for children with special needs; in Pogradec, lack of services means that close to 100% of children with special needs are never able to attend school, and reach adulthood with limited options for dignified and independent living.
This project will help more children with disabilities receive the support they need to thrive in school. The nonprofit organization Nehemiah Gateway (N.G.) has helped thousands of people living in poverty in Albania since 1991, offering medical and social aid to people in need, and education for people for whom the public education system is inaccessible. This includes significant work with children with disabilities. N.G. proposes to add a new Children's Learning Center to its current clinical space. This Center, consisting of two therapy classrooms connected by a shared waiting room and restroom, will be staffed by a team of nurses and specialists. This additional improved space will make it possible to reach more children at an earlier age, providing services typically available at schools in developed countries. The proximity of the private, preK-12 Nehemia School will enable families to combine care and education; scholarship funding will be available.
The project supports several of Rotary Global's areas of focus. It promotes education, including basic literacy, by offering needed services to children with physical and developmental disabilities who otherwise might never attend school. It improves the health infrastructure of the Pogradec community through the addition of services that don't currently exist there. And it supports hygiene—a dedicated bathroom will improve hand-washing and reduce the spread of disease among clients.
The cost of this project is anticipated to be approximately $77,966 (preliminary estimate).
• Two classroom/clinical rooms, materials, transport, construction: $54,594
• Waiting area and bathroom: $11,372
• Construction, project management: $3,000
• Staff training to work with new facility: $3,000
• Nehemia School scholarships for children with special needs: $6,000, first year
Estes Park Rotary and the Pogradec Rotary Club have already agreed to partner on a grant request to support this project, and are seeking additional partners among Nuremburg and Berlin Rotary Clubs in Germany. Nehemiah Gateway has committed $32,000 in funding to this project and will approach other donors to make up any shortfall. Once the center is built, Nehemiah Gateway Albania will take over maintenance, administration, and staffing, as well as scholarships to Nehemia School, without further aid from Rotary.
When all funds are raised, we anticipate that the facility will be completed in 6-12 months. Special needs children will begin receiving services and attending school immediately afterwards.