2000 community members of Nishtulla to benefit from the new community center

Oct 17, 2013

Children at the opening of the new community center in Nishtulla, Durres

Community members of Nishtulla participated today at the inauguration of the multifunctional community center.  The center, which will serve around 200 Roma and 1500 other community members, will improve the quality of life by benefitting from several social services such as health, education. Furthermore, the center will create opportunities to boost info-sharing among community members, organize several activities jointly and many more.This center is one among 20 other community based interventions implemented in several Roma neighborhoods in the regions of Tirana, Durrës, Elbasan and Fier, benefiting around 10.000 community members.

The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, present at the event, amongst others highlighted: “The center we are inaugurating today, is not only a model of providing the necessary services to the communities, but it also brings the model of cooperation of the local municipality with donors, where the local government unit plays an important role by contributing directly in its establishment”. 

The UNRC Zineb Toumi Benjelloun, amongst others highlighted: “The multi-functional center in Durres was identified as one of the main priorities by community members themselves. Many children could not attend activities that could support their development and reduce the anxiety of everyday life; and now this center will be a good opportunity to develop and socialize with their mainstream peers.”

The event, organized by the Municipality of Durres was attended by central and local government representative, various local and international organizations and community members.

The intervention and others are part of the “Empowering Vulnerable Local Communities of Albania” programme, implemented by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and UNV in partnership with the Ministry of Social Well-being and Youth.

The programme has assisted the most marginalized Roma and Egyptian communities and contributed to their social integration while valuing their diversity. As part of the programme interventions, the community members have been encouraged to participate in local decision-making - through identification of priorities and preparation of Community Development Plans and implementation of development works.  

Programme interventions have enabled the targeted communities to access their rights, particularly access to public services– through civil registration; community policing; establishing and strengthening network of Roma mediators in areas of health, education, and child protection as well facilitating vocational training and employment.  

The programme promoted policies and institutional strengthening for social inclusion of vulnerable communities – through – capacity building and assistance to local and central government institutions; capacity building and partnership strengthening for Roma and Egyptian NGOs.

The project is implemented in four Albanian regions: Tirana, Elbasan, Fier and Durres and it is funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security with the support of the Government of Japan.