Tirana(Duress), Albania greetings!
1987’s Summer, I was on 2-month youth(ful) “wild-hair” trip through Eastern Europe, gazing from Macedonia across Lake Ohrid, at what was then described as one of THE most closed and oppressive countries in Eastern Europe and the world, Albania! Yesterday’s conversation with my Albanian friend(Agron), who was 12 years old in ’87, confirmed the brutal iron grip of the communists here in his youth. Today it’s very hard to believe I’m actually back in this region of the world and especially Europe.
The past few days have been phenomenal, as those committed to self-sustainable approaches to development via TCD, have participated together in training and helping villages in Albania develop out and expand their work in the poorest of the poor villages among gypsies(Roma).
It is such a privilege to present to you our newest endeavors in this Balkan region of Europe. As always, GHNI is helping the poorest of the poor and severely marginalized. Already, they are asking GHNI (and me) to be back in the region ASAP(within 90 days), equipping local leadership focused in gypsy villages in southern Serbia.
GHNI is committed to the work of self-sustainability among the poorest of the poor, regardless of location and culture. So while all my personal work and updates to date have been in South Asia, we go where greatest needs are. Thanks for your help in helping us qualitatively and quantitatively multiply TCD-Transformational Community Development even here … in the Balkans!