On Thursday 11th of June, the Albanian government declared that although the official ending date of the state of emergency was to be June 23rd, they were still very concerned about the present growth rate of the virus. The number of those infected and hospitalised have since increased and are now higher than in the initial days of the pandemic. Covid-19 has affected the lives of many in unexpected ways; the uncertainty of the illness itself, job losses, the immediate change of lifestyle, and the added security measures have caused many families to pause and reassess their lives.
Our F2F beneficiaries, as well as those enrolled in our many other programs and projects, continue to receive regular food and hygiene support during this time. We also continue to pray for guidance for the Mission staffs and lift specific family prayer requests to the Lord on a regular basis.
Monthly food parcels as well as Gifts in Kind were delivered adhering to well-defined security measures such social distancing and the use of masks and gloves. Our beneficiaries clearly appreciated the effort made to deliver the necessary food, hygienic, and other necessary items and felt really blessed thereby during this difficult period. We distributed items of food to all beneficiaries in our Soup Kitchens, ensuring that everyone was provided for and had sufficient to eat.
Faik Zotkaj, one of the Berat Soup Kitchen beneficiaries is an 80-year-old widower. His children have not contacted him for many years, and he has no one close enough to take care of him. Maybe it is because of this solitude that he never misses a chance to express his gratitude for the food, and for our staff who prepare and serve it every day. It was also an additional difficulty for him being alone during these difficult weeks of isolation.
Said Faik: “thank you so much for your care, and for not abandoning me. Also, for making sure that we at the centre are well provided for and always have enough to eat. You are the only family I have left.”
M.W.B. coordinator Evis Plaku said: “Oftentimes, actions speak louder than words. Delivering monthly supplies of food and hygiene packages, alongside the additional GIK during the Covid-19 pandemic, was a blessed way of showing help and support for the families in our program. I really hope that this difficult situation will help us to get closer to one another, and to God.”
Mirela Opingari, mother of two, and part of our F2F program said: “I am very thankful for the support shown during this difficult time. We were not working, we were under stress and dealing with insecurities, but MWB through the family to family program helped us and was always there for us.”
We are tentatively planning for the Children’s Summer Camps, but we do not know what the future holds. Should the local regulations permit, we will still organise the Camps in the classic form. This activity will hopefully soon be decided upon once the authorities have made their decision.
Please pray for God’s wisdom and protection for all the staff involved.