Hello! My name is Iljon Dushku. I am a 12 years old boy and my birthday is on November 25th. I am doing well and enjoy good health. My favorite color is black. I like to keep jeans trousers, sweaters, sport outfit in black and this is why I pick this color as my favorite one. My future dream is to own my business selling cars. I know this is a big dream but I love cars and I like to see the cars that pass by in the roads of our town and classify them by their model or type. I attend the fifth grade at school and am doing well with the lessons. My favorite subject that I enjoy the most at school is English. Because of the Pandemic, we are keeping masks and respect the distancing while we are at school, Right after school my friends and I play football at the school field for a short period of time before we return home. I return home at midday. I offer myself to help my mother with all that I can do for them. I like to buy groceries that we need from the shop. I complete the homework from school and as soon as I finish, I get together again to play with the friends who live in my area. We play football in the roads but we also play other simple games as fireball, handball, etc.
My family and I live in Elbasan. My father’s name is Pandi and my mother’s name is Sadete. My parents are divorced and I am being raised by my mother. I don’t get to see my father often. He lives in another town. At times he has helped and cared for us sending us an income so that we can use for what we need the most. My mother has job and she is working as a nurse. We are happy that she is able to bring a monthly income. I have a 17 years old sister whose name is Nikola. She attends the high school and is also registered in the programme. Same as all the families in the town, we live with low income. My mother comes to the church of Adopt a Child together with us and while we attend the Bible classes she attends the church service. In our church during the week we have Bible study meetings for the men and ladies as well as Bible classes for children and prayer meetings. I am very happy that I am receiving help and care from the Adopt a Child programme. God bless you!
Elbasan is an important industrial centre. This big town is the centre of production of steel for construction. Elbasan has also a factory that produces cement, another one producing ferrochrome, oxygen, and a factory producing mobiles for homes out of wood. Many factories that produce alcoholic drinks opened during the time of King Zog and they continued their activities during the communism time. The town of Elbasan gained a lot of importance from the time that the Chinese built the big manufacture of the iron and nickel minerals to get refined in order to gain strong steel for construction. Around it many other sub factories were built and as a result of these factories the air contains pollution and it is not healthy. Many people who live there suffer from the air being polluted and this is a constant issue they deal with even today. Elbasan as a town has about 65% of the whole businesses but the majority of these businesses have only hired one person and the unemployment is very high. The majority of the people in the town work in black being hired from these businesses and earn for the living. In this town the most important businesses that are running are the ones dealing with marketing, transportation and others such as hotels and restaurants or bars. Only 20% of the population deals with agriculture. The people who live in the town work in the industrial factories that are running but they earn too less for the living and unable to provide all that is needed to keep their families provided. The salaries are way too low.
The schedule of our weekly meetings at our new church and Adopt a Child program in Elbasan is as follows: On Sundays, church service and children’s Sunday school at 10:30 AM. On Mondays, the youth meeting at 6:00 PM and on Wednesdays, 6:00 PM prayer meetings and Bible study meeting. Since the program started to take place, we are asking the parents to come along with the children and be present. The children have received their first package of food and are constantly frequenting our church meetings being this way feed physically and spiritually with the Word of God.
Translated by Martin Rucolli
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