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Qendra Sociale Murialdo

description of organisation

Qendra Sociale Murialdo (QSM) was born in 1995 in Fier (Albania) thanks to the initiative of some Italian missionaries belonging to the Congregation of San Leonardo Murialdo. It is a non-profit organisation working for education, recreation and social inclusion of Albanian young people (mainly in Fier and Durres), in partnership with regional and national Albanian public institutions, others local civil society organisations and international public or private partners and donors (European Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, Ministry of Interior Affairs of Italy, Renovabis Foundation, CARITAS Italiana, Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, etc), mainly from Italy.
The main goal of QSM is the human and social promotion of young people and it principally operates in three areas of activity:
- the Vocational and Educational Training (VET) for young people (14-26 years old) in several fields like mechanic, electric, welding, computer, foreign languages, tailoring, hydraulic, etc. QSM runs a school and has an official license recognized by the Ministry of Welfare of the Republic of Albania since 1997. It has trained more than 1.300 young people coming from Fier and its surrounding villages, offering them more concrete opportunities to find a job and empower their social and economic situation.
- the Social Inclusion of vulnerable groups like Roma people, children with disabilities, young prisoners and victims of human trafficking (especially girls). During its long-lasting experience, QSM has developed several projects in partnership with international partners focusing on the vulnerable groups in the areas of Fier and Durrës, keeping on monitoring them in every kind of proposed activity. The promotion of rights and equal opportunities have been implemented through the organization of education and recreational activities. In particular, in the last 15 years, QSM has monitored and promoted rights of Roma children by implementing socio-educational activities, trying to create stable and positive relationships with public institutions, Roma organizations and Roma communities in order to improve their socio-economic conditions. This last year QSM has been carried out a project financed by the EU and coordinated by Save the Children aimed to the social inclusion of Roma children in the public schools of Fier. Moreover, QSM has been organizing after-school activities in the Roma community of Drize and recreational activities including them at the youth centre.
Since 2014, in partnership with the municipality of Fier and the Regional Department of Education, QSM organizes and develops educational, artistic and recreational activities at the day care centre Horizont aiming at the integration and personal development of children and young people with disability in their families, schools and in their communities of origin. The children and youngsters with disabilities are also involved in some of the afternoon activities of QSM youth centre, in order to overcome the social exclusion and prejudices that they still live;
- the Active Lifestyle and Citizenship of youngsters. QSM runs a youth centre, that is open from Monday to Sunday and hosts around 150 children and young people every day. It offers 3 football pitches, 1 volleyball court, 3 basketball fields and several closed spaces for artistic and recreational activities. Currently, it is the only space in the city of Fier where it is possible to practice sports and spend free time totally for free. Children and youngsters have the opportunity to freely play sports, take part in workshops (i.e. theatre, dancing and recycling), play music and express their feelings and emotions in a creative way. In this context, some international volunteers work and promote the values of voluntarism with the support of QSM.

inclusion topics

This organisation is willing to involve volunteers who face situations which make their participation in activities more difficult, from the following categories for different types of project:

Inclusion categoryReceiving projectsSending projectsCoordinating projects
Economic obstacles
Social obstacles
Educational difficulties

Volunteering project

Project name Project Dates Deadline Status
#myEVSinAlbania
A total of 40 week(s) during the period
Sep 2017 to Jul 2018
30/09/2017 - 01/07/2018
18/07/2017 closed