The Children

The Sunrise School is located in Bathore, a squatter community 12 km from Tirana. Bathore was established in the 1990s following the collapse of the communist system. Especially hard hit by the social and economic changes of the 1990s were people in Albania’s northern provinces, adjacent to Kosovo.  30,000 emigrants from the north came to settle on a tract of land which is now the Bathore community. This community suffers from a lack of infrastructure (roads, power and water) and from a lack of social services (there is only one government school in this whole community). On top of this unemployment is as high as 80% in some parts of Bathore.  Some residents earn money by illegal means, and some children from Bathore can be seen in Tirana, peddling cigarettes in the sidewalk cafes.The Sunrise School is located in Bathore’s Sector 6,  the poorest part of this settlement. In this sector 100 families still live in the converted cattle sheds which were part of the collective farm which covered Bathore prior to the arrival of the present inhabitants.  The children in the school come from both Christian and Muslim families. Below are some of the children who are presently in the school.

Artjola Meli is six years old. She has two brothers. Her mother is a housewife and her father is a skilled worker.

Denisa Puci is six years old. She has one brother. Her mother is a housewife and her father is trucker.


Elvis Dauti is four years old. He has one brother and one sister. His mother is a housewife and his father is  skilled worker.

Emiljan Krasni is six years old. He has one brother. His mother is a housewife and his father is an invalid.


Many children sell cigarettes and phone cards on the streets of Tirana, due to the harsh economic circumstances.  The Sunrise education program is working to keep youngsters in school and give them the possibility for a better life.

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