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Prime Minister Albin Kurti visits Diakonie Kosova

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Mr. Albin Kurti, has visited Diakonie Kosova and Diakonie Training Center on Tuesday, 4 October. He was joined by the Ambassador of Germany in Kosovo, Mr. Jörn Rohde. The delegation was greeted by Diakonie Kosova’s executive director, Mr. Bernd Baumgarten.

Mr. Bernd Baumgarten, executive director of Diakonie Kosova, welcomes Prime Minister Albin Kurti and German Ambassador Jörn Rohde.

The delegation was welcomed with musical pieces by the Evangelic Posaunenchor Hilgen-Neuenhaus, our friends from Germany who stayed five days with us.

Evangelic Posaunenchor from Hilgen-Neuenhaus perform music to welcome the delegation.

The Prime Minister and Ambassador enjoyed a lunch in our kitchen, together with their staff and team members from Diakonie.

Diakonie Kosova’s kitchen chef, Mr. Ridvan Shabani, presents the concept and work of our kitchen.

After that, the Prime Minister was shown the units and projects of Diakonie Kosova and Diakonie Training Center, including the kitchen, the classrooms for the different vocational trainings, the kindergarten, and the Psychosocial Center for Trauma Therapy.

Mr. Lavdim Zeqiri, director of Diakonie Training Center, presents the work of this unit.
Mrs. Arta Smakiqi, trainer for hairdressing and makeup, explains how Diakonie Training Center trains and qualifies girls and women in these two professions.

The Prime Minster was curious and very appreciative of our work after listening to each presenter and seeing the work up-close.

Mr. Qazim Balia, trainer for electricity, shows the classroom where the teaching for the electricity installation students takes place.
Prime Minister Albin Kurti visits the tailoring classroom with students and looks at some of their special tailored pieces.
Mrs. Flora Blakqori-Voca, director of our kindergarten, shows the Prime Minister and Ambassador the work of this unit.

In the Psychosocial Center for Trauma Therapy, the delegation had tea over a conversation of this center’s work and contribution of more than 10 years. The Prime Minister was informed about the barriers of work regarding the lack of institutional financial support, despite the success of the center. The German Ambassador, Mr. Rohde, explained the long-time support of the German Foreign Ministry and the necessity for local institutions to support the trauma center.

Mrs. Albina Koliqi-Musliu and Mr. Sami Kurti, the director and deputy director of the Psychosocial Center for Trauma Therapy present the work of this unit.
The delegation and staff sharing a moment over Diakonie’s official pictures.

The Prime Minister signed a very important reference letter for us, that will help us to continue and extend our work significantly.

Prime Minister Albin Kurti signing a reference letter for us that allows further work extension.

The Prime Minister and German Ambassador took a picture with many of our members from different teams of Diakonie Kosova and Diakonie Training Center, before proceeding to visit our farm in Frashër i Vogël.

Diakonie Kosova and Diakonie Training Center members take a picture with Prime Minister Albin Kurti and German Ambassador Jörn Rohde.

Even though unplanned in the agenda, in the end the Prime Minister did not miss the chance to visit our farm, where people with disabilities carry out farming. The delegation visited the stable with goats, chicken, the room of cheese production and other areas of the farm.

We thank Prime Minister Albin Kurti for the very special visit, and our friend, the German Ambassador Jörn Rohde, for his commitment and unfailing support of our organization.

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