Children sponsorships in Maleçai (Albania)
8th april 2011
Artan was born 7th April 2001 in Maleçai, a very poor area near Lezhe, in North Albania. He is one of the 150 children sponsorship programme, started several years ago in a number of different areas of the country.
The child leaves with his family in a humid house with no drinkable water. We met him in 2005, when he was four. His health was very weak and he had evident problems of malnutrition. The children sponsorships made possible the regular delivery of food, clothes, personal care products and school materials.
All the families attended courses on basic health care and a medical centre is now open where a doctor visits patients for free once a week. Artna is now a lively child growing up with a good health, and he regularly attends the school, having good marks.
He never misses the summer camps and the parties organised by the Community of Sant’Egidio in Maleçai, as well as in other places in Albania.
The sponsorship to the families is a very precious support, especially in this time of economic crisis.
The distribution of blankets and winter boots supported the families in the emergency caused by the recent flood that hit the area.