Tirana, 27 December 2019 - CRCA/ECPAT Albania and the Albanian National Child Helpline -ALO 116111 organized New Year's Eve celebrations for children who are living in post-earthquake centres of Marqinet and Shenavlash, some 20 km far from the capital. More than 100 children enjoyed, sang, and received various gifts for the New Year.
The special guest of the festivities was the well-known singer, Mariza Ikonomi, who together with the children and other attendees performed festive songs. The children accompanied the Albanian singer in many children’s themed songs, but also in some of the songs of the artist repertoire.
The Director of the ALO 116, Mirgit Vataj, who was dressed as Santa Clause, together with Mikey Mouse, distributed gifts for all the children attending the festivities.
“Being among children brought me back memories from my childhood. I felt secure and with a lot of energy to play. I remembered the holidays and new years’ parties. We are here today to enjoy this New Year’s party together with you, to overcome the experience of earthquake.” – he said to children and parents attending the festivities.
The celebrations were joined also by Durres MP M Mrs. Klodiana Spahiu, who met with children and parents to give the message of support in these difficult days.
Since the destructive earthquake in Albania, CRCA/ECPAT Albania is supporting children and their families in post-earthquake centers such as in Marqinet, Durrës, Bubq, Shenavlash, Kamza and Laç, providing free psychosocial and educational services to earthquake victims left homeless. Thanks to excellent cooperation with our local institutions, over 100 children have benefited from our child-friendly assistance.
Albania is still in a state of emergency following the major earthquake that hit the country on 26 November 2019. Over 50 people did not survive the quake, including 19 children and young people, while more than 6,000 families have been left homeless.