The Disaster The News Forgot

The Disaster the News Forgot

Albania is recovering from a flood many consider to be the worst in living memory. Heavy snow and rain in January overwhelmed the river system causing severe flooding in the districts of Vlore, Fier, Gjirokaster, and Berat; all 60-100 miles south of Tirana, the country’s capital. The Albanian government declared a State of Emergency and police and army troops have been working to evacuate people and livestock from over 1,500 homes with boats and helicopters. The deluge submerged 35,000 acres, making entire villages inaccessible. Most of Southern Albania is without power and drinking water. Here is the good news: the State Emergency Response Group invited all organizations and churches to help, and we are racing through the open door! Convoy…

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Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2014

Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2014

From September 1st - 7th, 2014, a team from Lifehouse Church, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA joined us once again in Shkoder, Albania. Lifehouse has been investing in the community of Shkoder the last few years and this time assisted with distributing two hundred 25lb bags of clothing in Rrasek and Mes, two villages in the Postriba area. Together with Albanian doctors and medical students, we also served one hundred people with free medical checkups in two Roma settlements. At the end of the week, our team participated in the "One Day for our City" community event in the center of Shkoder. Open to the public, this free event welcomed 2,500 guests with live entertainment, games, bouncy castles, free food, literature, and…

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Fier, Albania // AAC Trip 3

Fier, Albania // AAC Trip 3

From June 18-24, 2014, Abundant Life, Hibbing, Minnesota, USA took its third Adopt-a-Community trip to Fier, Albania. We are in our second year of a three-year AAC project in Fier, and COHEU is overjoyed to see the relationship grow between the people of two towns half a world apart. This summer, we welcomed a team from Hibbing to Fier who worked chiefly with the children in a local gypsy community. The kids came every morning to the village kindergarten where we spent hours playing, singing, dancing and teaching them new things. We had a lesson every day followed by a free lunch, which you could see from their excited faces they appreciated. We even invited their parents the final evening…

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Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2013

Community Event :: Shkoder, Albania 2013

From September 3rd -7th, 2013, Convoy of Hope Europe, in partnership with Lifehouse Church, Hagerstown, Maryland, dedicated a week of service to the city of Shkoder, Albania. A medical clinic was set up in two gypsy communities serving a total of 300 people with free medical check-ups. We also distributed 100 bags of clothing and 150 bags of groceries to families in the surrounding area. At the end of the week, the “One Day for our City” community event hosted 3,000 guests of honor with free medical check-ups, refreshments and a kids zone with bouncy castles, puppet dramas, games and popcorn. It was a privilege to serve the people of Shkoder, Albania for the second year in a row and…

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Fier, Albania // AAC Trip 2

Fier, Albania // AAC Trip 2

From July 18th-25th, 2013, Convoy of Hope Europe in partnership with First Assembly of God, Hibbing, MN, USA took our second trip to the adopted community of Fier, Albania. On the heels of our first trip last April, a group of youths from Minnesota took time during their summer vacation to come be a part of the work their church has started in Fier. Throughout the week, we spent mornings doing physical work around the community. This included city block clean-up, painting the local church with which we have partnered, and painting inside the public high school. In the evenings, the team ventured to the gypsy village. On the grounds of the village kindergarten building, which the last team painted…

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