Greenhouse for children with disabilities

My name is Mamica and I am from Albania, but living in Sweden with my little family for about 10 years now. I am starting this fundraiser to support a cause which is very close to my heart, the children with disability in a local special school of my hometown Tirana in Albania. Before coming to Sweden, I was volunteering with Beyond Barriers Association (BBA), a local youth CSO that supports and promotes education of youth in Albania and beyond. As a volunteer I was working with the Special School Luigj Gurakuqi which at present hosts 127 children with intellectual disabilities. Together with other volunteers we would go there a few times per week to support the teachers in the activities they do with the children, organize different arts and sports activities, assist them to get the buss that brings them home after school, etc. The association I volunteered with continues working with the school and supports them in different ways.
I learned from BBA that COVID-19 has taken a toll on these kids may be more than on other target group, by isolating them and creating several post reactions, such a loneliness, anger, dis-association, social anxiety etc. So, BBA and the schools staff have brainstormed on how to support these kids further and what is the best way to make something sustainable that allows them to use on daily bases.
Since, now I am far away and I cannot physically help these kids, I have partnered again with Beyond Barriers Association and would love to help them through a different form, and to do this I need the help of all of you! I am a mother of a little girl of 5 years old and I strongly believe that these kids should have all the chances and possibilities I want my little girl to have in the future. I would be so thankful if we gather the support and help these children in need to have something new in their environment, more precisely a greenhouse.

Through the donations of this campaign Beyond Barriers Association wants to build a new greenhouse for 127 pupils at Luigj Gurakuqi Special School. The greenhouse will serve as an educational space where children with special needs can gain skills in horticulture and floriculture, can practice daily life skills of care and interaction, and can fight the isolation by interacting in a new environment. The school used to have a small greenhouse, build with very basic infrastructure which has been ruined and is now completely out of function. For this purpose, after consultation with the school administration, we want to build a new and bigger greenhouse with measurements of 264 square meters. The greenhouse will serve as a small farm where children with special needs can farm flowers, garden crops like fruits and vegetables and will effectively include them in the process of planting and growing.  

The main aim of the action is to create a safe and better environment for children with special needs and in addition to crop cultivation, it will also help them to build skills for life and the labor market. After the age of 18 the children must leave the school and continue the independent life, so the greenhouse can this way hopefully provide them with some more skills that they can use after they leave the school. Gardening as a process will also provide therapeutic benefits for the children by helping them to improve fine motor skills, language and communication skills, interaction and association. We would like to take a step forward in order to contribute to European policies by promoting creation of jobs for youth with special needs and promote farming and innovation. With crops and flowers from the greenhouse, we will be able to access the local markets for a fair price and use the earning to organize activities for the children at Luigj Gurakuqi School. Re-building the greenhouse will provide enormous potential to overcome the lack of job opportunities for children with special needs.

The impact of this campaign will be seen in different aspects. Firstly, the new greenhouse will help children with special needs to learn how to cultivate flowers and crops and be more self-confident by interacting and learning life skills. Secondly, the greenhouse will be a safe and inclusive environment for the children to show their skills but also to improve their motor skills and communication skills. Thirdly, by supporting this campaign, you will help our community and society to become more inclusive and less discriminative against people with disabilities, while creating better awareness in the local community in Tirana and Albania.
Through the greenhouse the children will be able to broaden their knowledge on horticulture and floriculture while learning how to farm/grow their favorite flowers, fruits and vegetables. This will also promote healthy eating/life style between the children. Having the chance to spend time outside the classroom, while learning and being assisted through it, will also promote a better wellbeing of the children. Moreover, the greenhouse will be a place of horticulture activities and socialization for children and their parents, local volunteers, teachers and school staff. This will provide them with a possibility for socialization while supporting their wellbeing.

The funds of this campaign will be administered by Beyond Barriers Association. The organizations staff will make sure that everything gathered will be sourced and used promptly to build and make the greenhouse functional. BBA is a nonprofit organization established in Tirana, Albania in 2004. Their mission is to promote inclusion, equal chances and better quality of life for all young people and supporting the foundations of building a better society for the present and the future generations. You can read more about them here: About BBA – Beyond Barriers

Every single donation   to this campaign has a great value for us and will support us in making this project come true. In these regards the funds will support the:

-          Preparation and adaptation of the land spot to construct the greenhouse;

-          Establishing the propagation, electricity and ventilation systems;

-          Building the greenhouse structure;

-          Using a safe and resistant isolation material that does not risk the children and helps the crops grow;

-          Internal infrastructure for different plant types;

-          Seeds, seedlings and baby plants;

-          Cost for the greenhouse maintenance and the employment of a horticulture specialist for 2 years;

-          Tools such as: Gloves, trowels, hand forks, labels, buckets, etc.
  • Federico Gaviano 
    • €100 
    • 2 hrs
  • Danjel Hyseni 
    • €20 
    • 3 hrs
  • Otto Novak 
    • €5 
    • 3 hrs
  • Giorgi Kakulia 
    • €50 
    • 3 hrs
  • Alexander Cornetta 
    • €50 
    • 7 d
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