Since the beginning of 2021, CONCORDIA has also been represented in Kosovo with its own association. The CONCORDIA Tranzit Centre in Prizren in the south of the country offers a programme of early childhood education, learning and homework support for school children, music lessons with two choirs and an orchestra line-up, as well as an education programme for young people.
The latter come from the surrounding communities or attend the local high school and are actively involved in the care of the children. CONCORDIA's social workers also involve the families of the children and young people in the daily work and support them in case of problems.
The CONCORDIA Tranzit Centre in Prizren was taken over by CONCORDIA in 2021. It counters existing prejudices against marginalised children and adolescents and builds bridges between communities by bringing together private pupils from the local Loyola High School and adolescents belonging to one of the minorities living in the Tranzit district.
The centre has a kindergarten with two groups, a school support programme with homework supervision and additional lessons, a music school and also houses a creative workshop.
Currently, the CONCORDIA team consists of trained teachers, a social worker and a psychologist. From 2022, the team will be expanded to include a social worker and a nurse.
The CONCORDIA Tranzit Centre aims to effectively target efforts on an individual basis and improve the socio-economic situation of the beneficiaries in the long term.
We are now also helping children in Kosovo!
The Republic of Kosovo
The Republic of Kosovo is an internationally only partially recognised state that broke away from the Republic of Serbia in 2008. Different ethnic groups live in Kosovo, which is one reason for ongoing conflicts.
- Capital: Pristina, ca. 220.000 residents
- Unemployment rate 2020: Nearly 30%
- Yout unemployment 2020: Nearly 50%
Kosovo is one of the poorest countries in Europe
- 34% of the population lives below the poverty line and has less than € 1.20 per day at their disposal
- Around 100,000 children under 14 live by collecting rubbish or begging
The problems of the people of Kosovo
- There is no unemployment insurance
- There is no health insurance
- The Roma, Ashkali and Balkan Egyptian ethnic groups are marginalised - they are the poorest in the country
- The children receive only inadequate schooling and education - money is usually lacking here
- Traditional image of girls and women: Often girls are married off at an early age and do not receive an education
- The children have no future prospects
Member of the board, Pater Markus Inama SJ