Builders surveying playground site

We’re extremely pleased that our builders have moved in and begun survey work on the site in Bathorë, Albania, where we will soon have a children’s playground in place.

We first learnt of the area in 2003, and at that time the pressing need was for a clean water supply, and safer electricity connections. As the large, squatted area has been “normalised” and brought into the consideration of the local authority in surrounding Kamez, the needs have moved on. Locals have asked us for some provision for children who are currently able to play only in the streets.

Bathore project siteThanks to the enthusiasm of a local community leader (pictured, at the site), we have secured a piece of land which – pending surveys and permissions – will soon become a children’s playground. We intend constructing simple play equipment for younger children, but also a skate park with considerable concrete structures, which should help to maintain the physical security and integrity of the site itself.

“Our Generation” growing up

This month we were thrilled to be invited to a wedding in Ukraine. The bride was Tonia, for a very long time the co-ordinator of the “Our Generation” youth group in Chernihiv, and one of the most selfless and enthusiastic community workers we’ve ever known.

Ukrainian wedding

It’s a real mark of how strong a bond was built up between our UK volunteers and the young people in Ukraine that two of us were invited to this very personal occasion in Crimea. That’s really why we’ve chosen to post this on Aid Convoy’s website — in order to show new volunteers another aspect of how much there is to be gained from working with us. It’s also of undeniable value to the young people in sometimes isolated communities, because we are sometimes the first outsiders they have known, and certainly give them extra confidence to make new connections with the world.

We wish the happy couple very, very well!