For over 650 young people in southern Albania every year, Nehemiah Gateway's schools and programs expand opportunities, open doors, and provide a strong and stable foundation to a dignified and self-sufficient existence. Donations to this project will provide scholarship support for Albanian and Albanian Roma students in need, pre-kindergarten through university, at Amaro Tan, Nehemia School, and Nehemiah Gateway University.
In Albania, 34% of the population live in poverty (living on less than $5.50/day) and 5.8% live in absolute poverty (living on less than $1.90/day.) The rate is far higher for minorities such as the Roma. Children growing up in these circumstances struggle to access opportunities to determine their own future--or even to stay in school. Without education, many are at higher risk of being trafficked as children, and continue to struggle to find stable and dignified self-determination as adults.
NG's scholarship program supports at-risk young people at 3 schools. Amaro Tan offers K-9th grade curriculum, hot meals, social and medical services, and extra tutoring in a nurturing environment. Nehemia School is a pre-K-12th grade private school with excellent, caring staff. Nehemiah Gateway University offers accredited 3-year work/study business degrees in a small-group setting. The teams at all 3 schools work together to support students so that they stay in school, and thrive.
Education changes lives, and that is the goal of this project. Investing in the education of poor children gives them a better shot at a brighter future. What that means will be different for each child. For some, access to adequate food and a safe and caring elementary school experience is a huge improvement. For others, a high school diploma will open doors nobody else in their family had access to. For a few, that will be a college education and successful career. They are all successes.