One of Europe’s poorest countries.
Although vast improvements have been made since the 1991 conflict, which ended the communist regime, there is still a high rate of unemployment, falling levels of education, and few employment opportunities for a large portion of the population. Particularly in rural areas of Albania, poverty is rife, with poor access to clean water, sanitation, health and education.
Within months of the collapse of the communist government in 1991, Islamic Relief began working in Albania, delivering a large shipment of food and clothes. We registered our office in Tirana in April 1992, and have been working there ever since, opening a second office in Shkoder.
As well as providing support in Ramadan and Qurbani, alongside orphan sponsorship, we build roads, water systems and irrigation networks in rural areas to improve communities’ ability to earn a living and support themselves. We set up a school in Shkoder in 1991, as well as running a community centre there since 1994, providing vocational training to thousands of people over the years to help them gain employment. This has been so successful, we opened another training centre in Koplik in 2006.