"Santa Maria" was established in 2018 as a safe place for women in distress who need a place where they can feel protected. It is the only one in Shkodra and in the entire Northern area of Albania where young girls, women and mothers with children who have been abused, victims of domestic violence or who have been abandoned by their families can live safely, welcomed by the Pope John XXIII Community for as long as they need.
"Santa Maria" is a Home where every woman receives listening, psychological and emotional support, and a family as all should be: a place where they can be loved and not feel fear.
The first step is to help these women overcome the trauma they have experienced and regain lost confidence, in themselves-convince them that they are not the cause of what happened to them-and trust in others. Psychological support is essential for this. Then, so that they can rebuild their lives, become protagonists and creators, we accompany them in paths of legal assistance, accompaniment to education for the children, and in vocational training for the adults. Each step is lived together, in sharing, according to the style of the Pope John XXIII Community and following the needs and times of each one. Today, in the "Santa Maria" family we are welcoming three families with children from six months to two years old.
Among the many needs of these families is transportation, which is a fundamental part of everyday life. In some areas of Albania, there is no public transportation service and it is we, with our car to help them move from one place to another and provide them with more protection. Many of them need to be driven to the courts, hospitals, to the family doctor, to meet their families or take their children to kindergarten.
Unfortunately, our old 2002 Toyota, after passing so many kilometers on various roads, including unpaved roads, no longer starts.
Among the many expenses we have, we cannot afford to buy a new car but if we all join together we can do it! We are not asking for a new one, we would be fine with even a used car but one that gives us safety and allows us to accompany the welcomed women.
Help us with a donation! Do it now and multiply your help by creating your own fundraiser to share with your friends, those we could never reach. The network is expanding, together let's reach the finish line and open up as many avenues as possible so that the new bus can also arrive thanks to your contribution!