This is the fourth and newest Albanian programme. Kotodesh is a remote village situated in the mountains of eastern Albania, lower down the mountain from our other feeding programmes in Rodokal, Homezh, and Katjel. Over the past few years the villagers have wanted an Adopt-A-Child programme because they have seen the benefits to the children in the other villages.
The building was completed and the dedication and first meal celebrated in December 2008.
Around 200 children attend from this poor, very rural, Muslim village, as well as children from two adjacent villages.
Eventually there will be a big generator to facilitate local cooking when we open further programmes. The upper level has skylight provision and part of the area has been converted into a medical/dental clinic and a flat for visiting staff.
The children in the village have never known much love or care and live in very rough conditions. Social problems, malnutrition and poverty are rife with 70-90% unemployment since communism fell. Most people basically seek to live off the land, which explains in part their dietary deficiencies.
Homezh, Rodokal, Katjel, and now Kotodesh are serviced by our facility in Pogradec, which is a town about an hour’s drive down the mountain from Kotodesh and about five kilometres from the Macedonian border on Lake Ohrid. As with Homezh, Rodokal, and Katjel, good, nutritional meals are prepared in our kitchens here and transported to the village in insulated containers, twice a week. The children are also able to attend the Bible classes after their meal, and our evangelists return to the village a couple of other days a week to visit the children’s homes and families, and to run activities for the children.