Kosova’s Philanthropists – Hand to hand

By: Albana Rama    July 21, 2014

Behind the newly established NGO, Kosova’s Philantropists, is the trio Hana Shehu, Plarentina Desku and Arion Rizaj. After studying abroad and being active volunteers and interns in different humanitarian organizations they decided to bring all their knowledge and experience together in order to change Kosovo. Kosova’s Philantropists is an organization that aims to connect people and institutions and thus help the communities in Kosovo shine once again. In order to do that, Kosova’s Philantropists address and identify the problems in Kosovo’s society.

It is important for Kosova Philanthropists that every person around the world has the right to live. They strive and work hard in order for people to wake up in the morning feeling safe, knowing they have the right to survival, development, well-being, protection and participation. “The soul of our work is to create, develop, and implement sustainable community projects that ensure that every individual has access to and is not denied their rights.

To be able to achieve this goal, Kosova Philanthropists strive to inspire others to take part in fighting for human rights and to accept and protect the people in need so that they feel as valid members of the society. Through a program that is provided by Kosova Philanthropists the organization hopes to strengthen families and individuals that find themselves in difficult situations. The result of these programs will help improve their welfare as well as their lives.

To achieve this vision they work hard, combining close-listening skills on a daily basis, and creating caring and nourishing networks. Their work helps the organization to identify the problems and needs so they can strategically address them. Even though the organization puts all its energy into its work, they need our help. The power of the people raising awareness for an important question can be tremendous.

They say that” […] all this good work for “the love of Kosova humanity” cannot be achieved alone. We rely on you – our benefactors, our donors, our friends, and our partners.”

We asked Kosova’s Philanthropists how the Diaspora can help and this is what they told us:

“As a philanthropic organization, we depend on funds collected by donations. One of our next steps is to organize fundraising events through Kosovo Diaspora, in countries where Albanians live in a higher number for instance in the United States, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland etc. One can help by either taking a part in those events (help organizing, build contacts, or act as a financial contributor), or by making a private donation to our organization. The money donated will be used to build the summer camp “Hand to Hand”.

Albana Rama

Albana Rama is one of the writers at Kosovo Diaspora and just finished her studies in Media and Communication at the University of Södertörn in Stockholm. During the spring 2013 Albana did her internship at Radio Television of Kosovo and UNDP Kosovo.

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