On Monday, November 26th, one of the poorest countries in Europe, Albania, was hit with a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4. Many people were injured and killed, and buildings were ruined. My name is Julia Blak and my husband, Eled Doda, and I currently live in Niagara Falls, Ontario. My husband is Albanian and his uncle's family home near Durres (in Albania) has been ruined by the earthquake and is now unsafe and unlivable. The family of 5, including their sick grandmother, spent the rest of the night in their car. Currently, they are taking their home apart, piece by piece, starting with the roof so that it doesn't collapse any further. They will have to rebuild their home from scratch as quickly as possible, especially with the coming cold weather. (More photos below).
A photo of one of the two bedrooms with pieces of the ceiling on the floor.
Land in Albania is traditionally passed down within a family. Thus, Eled's family will have to rebuild their home in the same place as their current home. Building a new basic (2-bedroom) home in Albania costs between 30-40 thousand dollars, which is extremely expensive in their country.
How You Can Help
Any funds donated would go directly towards rebuilding the home of our Albanian family affected by this tragic earthquake. We are very grateful and appreciate any potential support for our family during this time. To help get the word out, please share the link to your Facebook Timeline. Please keep the rest of Albania in your prayers.
Photo of the other bedroom and badly damaged wall and ceiling.
Damaged hallway walls and ceiling.
Damaged living/dining room - light falling off the ceiling, air conditioner/heater falling off the wall, more wall damage seen on lower right.
Pieces of the roof on the outside entrance patio.