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Operating in Albania since 1993, Terre des hommes (Tdh) has established a network of protection for children. Its direct interventions are aimed at consolidating the national system of child protection and offering complete and long-lasting solutions. In 2013, 6'704 people benefited from the activities that were implemented.
In Albania, significant gaps in policy measures, services and resources hinder the integral protection of children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and trafficking. Tdh is working to ensure that the protective mechanisms for children constitute an integral part of social institutions and educates communities to act on the behalf of children.

Our intervention
Network for the protection of children – Tdh mobilises efforts, opinions and resources to increase the cooperation among those involved in the protection of children. Tdh supports the implementation of Child Protection Units that identify and provide care for children who are vulnerable or at risk of abuse, exploitation, violence and/or trafficking. Tdh also aids vulnerable communities, mainly Romas and Egyptians, and enables them to play an active role in the prevention of child trafficking.
Responding to the specific needs of children – Tdh improves the standards of care in residential centres and actively supports the reintegration of children into their families, or helps to find alternative solutions if necessary. With regard to public authorities, Tdh works with several partners to implement laws, practices and services that better respond to the needs of children.
Protection of children in a transitory situation – The Delegation in Albania participated in the  Mario project improving the well-being of migrating children thanks to quality services that meet their need for protection. The children are stakeholders in this process and participate actively in it.

 

2013 Results
• 1'908 people, 684 of whom were child protection professionals, were trained in child protection issues.
• 380 awareness-raising activities were implemented in communities.
• 3'595 marginalised children received assistance and 418 children were given individualised care.
• Thanks to its advocacy work, Tdh achieved the introduction of mandatory psychosocial services in all schools to identify cases of risk and support
children in their needs.

A life after the streets
Koushtrim* was only 14 when he was identified as a victim of abuse and exploitation by the Tdh  team in Fier in 2005. His family lived in such desperate poverty that he was forced to beg on the street for several years. After years of neglect, lack of care, abuse and ill treatment on the street, the young boy suffered from a severe lack of self-esteem.
The Tdh team took stock of his various needs and supported him through his reintegration into the school system. Tdh made sure he received the support, food and school supplies that he needed. Koushtrim learned to laugh again, made friends and regained the confidence to complete his schooling by the age of 18. Today, at 20, he is no longer a child and this former beneficiary has decided to join the local community support group sponsored by Tdh in the Fier area. By sharing his story, he wants to raise awareness in the Roma community he hails from about the importance of childhood protection. He engages with formal and informal leaders in the community as well as with vulnerable youths and families at risk. Koushtrim is mobilizing his community to collectively define the primary needs in terms of child protection and identify the means they have to face the issues at hand. Koushtrim’s activism is a positive signal and a message of hope for many young people. Thanks to his will power and by taking control of his life, Koushtrim is living proof that children can emerge from situations of extreme vulnerability.

*Assumed name