Therepel School Reconstruction Project

Donald Dervishi, the dedicated educator and activist from Skrapar, Albania, successfully campaigned previously with Go Fund Me for funds needed to build a one room school house for five children in a rural mountain village.  You can see his previous project by searching "Ferit Bregu School."  From October 2017 through August 2018, he raised over $10,000 USD from Go Fund Me and other fundraising activities, and finished the construction on the new school in time for the 2018-2019 school year to begin.  Students now learn in a warm schoolhouse with an inside bathroom, new desks and chairs,  a woodstove that funnels the smoke outside instead of around the classroom, and the knowledge that their education matters to people around the world.
Since that time, Donald has won the European Civic Forum "Volunteer of the Year" award for his dedication and motivation to bring education to a new level for all children in his home district.  He has not stopped in his mission to provide the children of Albania with a safe, secure learning environment.

Donald Dervishi and Borsion Spaho, sitting inside the newly constructed classroom of III Vendreshe.

This current "Therepel School Reconstruction" project is focused on his childhood school,  known as "20 August" school in Therepel, Skrapar.  In this school, ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 9, over 40 students attend classes in  four classrooms with four teachers.  Donald attended this school as a child and returned as a teacher of Albanian Language and Literature, and later became the Director before leaving in December 2018 to dedicate himself full time to his "Knowledge Project" of school construction and reconstruction.

Therepel School in Skrapar, Albania

Therepel School in Skrapar, Albania

Our updates will include current video and pictures of inside the school and the areas outside.  It is in need of total reconstruction and the addition of a library, basic science lab and equipment, a technology lab with Chrome books, and gymnasium.  Improvements to the classrooms, bathrooms and grounds will also be included in the reconstruction project.

Each aspect of the project will be completed as funds are received.  Donald has dedicated himself full time for the coming years to this project and will continue to raise funds through social networking, television appearances, and finding donations of resources as well as funds.

Donald, along with his partner on the previous project Borsion Spahu, and the many others that share his vision for improving education conditions in this Balkan nation, will work together to ensure the realization of this project just like they did their first for the five children of III Vendreshe.  

We thank you for your interest, support, and for sharing our project with those you know that can also get involved and support our efforts.  We provide updates often, and always welcome visitors who wish to see the projects in person.

Inside Therepel School


Christy Loop
Burke, VA

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