Zade Demushi’s Story
In the middle of the Tropoja mountains in Demushaj village, Albania, Zade Demushi shares a crumbling house with her five daughters, two of whom are disabled. Here she explains in her own words the daily hardships she and her daughters must endure.
“Five years have passed since the death of my husband. For five years before he died, he was paralysed following an accident. Two of my daughters have been crippled since birth and with my husband’s death, there was no one to provide for us. My daughter Flutura is our main breadwinner and I am unable to work. I have nobody; neither a brother, nor a brother-in-law – there is no life here for me and my children, and all my family have left. The future of my five daughters weighs heavily on my mind.
We are short of many things – our house is in desperate need of structural repair; we expect it to collapse day by day, especially in winter, when it snows very heavily. However even if we lived in a better house, there are other problems, such as a lack of food, clothing and educational materials.
Though our situation remains desperate, Small Kindness have offered us financial aid. Please donate to them so that other families like mine can benefit from the kind of help we have been so fortunate to receive.”
About Small Kindness
Founded in 2000, Small Kindness was one of the first charities to offer practical support to the many thousands of refugees left destitute by the war in the Balkans.
Today Small Kindness is a UN affiliated NGO with field offices across the globe, and is actively assisting in some of the largest humanitarian crises facing the world today. These include the aftermath of the Asian tsunami of 2004, the Kashmir earthquake of 2005 and the current conflict in Iraq. In tandem with emergency relief work, the charity devotes much of its resources to sustainable development projects, educational initiatives, and orphan/family sponsorship.
By visiting the Small Kindness website you can find out more about our ongoing programmes, and read moving stories from some of those who have benefited directly from the charity’s work – made possible through the generosity of donors and supporters.