Everyone – rich or poor – takes something from society. Projects which are implemented to empower individuals always bring new perspectives for the community as a whole. They contribute to a better environment. I am glad that SOS is always there as an initiator of such projects.
Just recently, the new MAP Center (MAP stands for mbështetje, angazhim, punësim: support, engagement, employment) was officially opened. It is operating in the framework of the 3-year project “Social Inclusion and Economic Empowerment of Families in Need in the Municipality of Tirana”, financed by the German BMZ (The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and implemented by SOS Children’s Villages.
Invited for the inauguration ceremony of the MAP Center were: representatives of the Ministry of Education, Sport & Youth, Ministry of Health and social protection, The Deputy Mayor of Tirana, representatives from International Organizations, the diplomatic corps, civil society organizations, parents and young people – beneficiaries of the project.
In her opening speech, Mrs. Teuta Shkenza, the National Director of SOS Albania expressed gratitude to the partners and funders of this project which will contribute towards increasing individual and professional skills for employment and self-employment of over 100 young people and 200 parents – all residents of the suburbs of Tirana.
Mr. Damir Coric, our deputy regional director mentioned the successful work that has also been undertaken by other centers in other countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia etc. In his speech he continued: “I believe in the empowerment of local communities, capacities and the creation of a better environment. But most important of all that this is done for individuals, because this is indeed a Human Mission.” The Deputy Mayor of Tirana, Mr.Andi Seferi, thanked SOS Albania for the great work they have been doing to date.
The final speech was from a young beneficiary, who, in a very inspiring way, managed to catch the audience’s attention. Characterized by self confidence in his words and sentences, he said: “Life has been difficult for me; I never knew which path to follow….I couldn’t even finish my studies. But thanks to the support of the MAP Center, I received a lot of advice on organizing a new life in which I will have more opportunities and will know how to navigate the labor market. I now have a plan for my future!“