Coming home for marriage

Hochzeit im Kinderdorf

Alfred and his wife Erjona celebrated their wedding in the SOS Chldren’s Village Tirana

This month I got inspired by a former SOS youth who amazed everyoneFlutura_MiniPic_engl by providing living proof of what “Home sweet Home” truly means. 26 year old Alfred Muharemi shares his story with us.

“I, as a former SOS youth, decided to celebrate my marriage in SOS Children’s Village Albania, because I felt I had to come back Home – to the place where I grew up.

In the maternity ward, soon after I was born, my mother –  for emigration reasons, decided to abandon me. It has been so long now and I still have no information about my biological family.

In SOS Children’s Village Albania I got all the support I needed to become the person I am today. I completed high school as well as my postgraduate studies in Banking Management with excellent grades. 2 years ago I started working as a Credit Analyst at “Credins Bank”. Having learnt a lot from my experiences living in the SOS Children’s village, I voluntarily lead the philanthropic programs of a non-profit Organization in Albania to help orphaned children and young people.


Alfred and Erjona together with Alfred’s SOS mother and siblings

I wanted to crown the great love I have for my bride, Erjona, with my SOS family on the 23rd of June since Hermann Gmeiner, the founder of the SOS Children’s Villages, was born on 23 June 1919. I chose this date in honor and remembrance of the day of his birth.

 For the ceremony in the village, people that have touched my life directly and indirectly were invited. That day will remain the happiest day of my life – A day that shows just how proud and thankful I am to God that I am part of the great SOS family.

To Hermann Gmeiner: You will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

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