Our History

Save the Children has been working to improve the lives of children and families in 12 districts of Albania, both urban and rural areas, since 1999. We focus on reaching the most deprived and marginalized children, who are too often excluded due to poverty, disability, where they live, their gender or ethnicity. Our program and advocacy approaches empower and support children to meaningfully increase their participation in school and community life and influence decisions that affect their rights and their lives.

Save the Children programs cover Basic Education and Early Childhood Care and Development, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Health and Nutrition and Humanitarian, implemented in 11 districts of Albania, both urban and rural areas. Save the Children has a Country Program Strategy covering the period 2019-2021. Our overall strategic goal is to ensure that all children survive, learn and can be protected. We will focus on reaching the most deprived and marginalized children, who are too often excluded due to poverty, geography, gender, ethnicity or disability. Significant results for children have been achieved in our priority thematic areas and we are working to achieve lasting changes for children of Albania in the longer term.

We have earned a reputation for delivering quality program for children and establishing strong and influential relationships with key government ministries and with civil society networks (international and local NGOs and agencies). In recent years, the Albanian government has developed many new laws and policies that support children’s education and protection and Save the Children is well placed to provide the technical assistance, practical tools and field experience to support the government in implementing these laws to achieve results at scale. Save the Children is committed to supporting Albania's path towards European integration and ensuring that all children and adolescents in Albania enjoy their rights to survival, education, protection and child participation.

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