Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Originally published by USAID Meriton Binakaj is currently enrolled in online courses to finish high school.  “I couldn’t have done it before since I had a long recovery period from my accident,” he says.  Besides his high school classes, Meriton spends his time virtually participating in USAID’s Up to Youth activities.  Since joining the older cohort of youth in Gjakovë/Đakovica municipality, he has participated in various Up to Youth life-skills training courses, learning about critical thinking, effective communication, community asset mapping, entrepreneurship, and rapid market assessment. “The most exciting part is being engaged in the practical part, when I actually... Read more
Feb 09, 2021
Originally published by USAID It is essential that Kosovo youth have the skills necessary to take part in Kosovo’s democratic and economic future.  Acquiring soft and life skills helps youth become more resilient and makes it easier for them to form multi-cultural relationships and create trust between diverse communities.  USAID’s Up to Youth activity provides Kosovo youth with opportunities to form these skills that are not readily available in schools.  Deniz Hajrullahu, an energetic and enthusiastic 18-year-old participant... Read more
Jan 13, 2021
Originally published by USAID Less than two years ago, Fatbardha Muharremi and Herolinda Rexhepi were jobless. Fatbardha had recently graduated from college with a degree in banking and finance. Herolinda, with a passion for clothing, had finished tailoring courses outside of the country. Shortly after Herolinda returned to Kosovo, she reconnected with Fatbardha. The two young women teamed up to open a small tailoring business in their town, Viti/Vitina.  However, they lacked the experience and knowledge of opening and running a small business. Last year, Fatbardha and Herolinda joined USAID’s Up to Youth’s cohort in Viti/Vitina and recently joined the... Read more
Jul 10, 2020
Read original article on USAID website As a long-time youth activist, Drita jumped at the chance to join the Emergency Response (ER) Team in her community.  She has been actively involved in USAID’s Up to Youth activity as a Youth Advisory Board member, and understands how vital it is to volunteer in her community.  Thus, she did not hesitate in joining local representatives from the police, the municipal directorates of education, public administration, and health, nonprofits and businesses, and the Red Cross to ensure the citizens of Vushtrri/Vučitrn remain safe during the pandemic.   As part of... Read more
Jul 10, 2020
Read original article on USAID website All across Kosovo youth are finding creative ways to keep social distancing guidelines to only physical distancing.  They are maintaining connections to their peers and providing virtual support to each other to prevent feelings of isolation.  To capture and share these creative ideas, USAID’s Up to Youth activity encouraged participants to compete in an online competition sharing ways they are creatively spending their free time during the pandemic.  Youth between the ages of 15 and 24, from all nine partner municipalities, were highly involved in the competition, submitting more... Read more
Oct 17, 2019
Empowering Young People through Up to Youth Launched in April 2019, Global Communities is implementing a five-year Up to Youth Activity in Kosovo, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), committed to improving the capacities and enabling the aspirations of youth so that they can contribute to and benefit from more stable, democratic, and prosperous communities. The Activity works with the youth in nine municipalities to help them become a source of change for their own and for their communities’ positive development; and encourage youth participation in development efforts leading towards an effective democratic society, and strengthened economies. Despite being one of the poorest countries in Europe, with the support of USAID and other donors, Kosovo is... Read more
Jun 21, 2015
Schools: Building & Rehabilitation In the fight against poverty, supporting education is one of the smartest investments one can make, laying the foundation for long term development. Across the globe, Global Communities has helped build and rehabilitate schools in a variety of challenging environments like the West Bank, Haiti, and Kosovo. Working with communities looking to expand access to education, or those recovering from a recent disaster, we have taken the lessons learned from years of housing and shelter support and adapted them to ensure that teachers and students can have access to the high quality facilities they need to learn and thrive. Download the factsheet... Read more
Sep 26, 2012
CHF International Celebrates Green Apple Day of Service with 15 Projects in Six Countries On Saturday, September 29, staff and volunteers from CHF International offices around the world will be joining Green Apple, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), for the inaugural Green Apple  Day of Service. For one day, students, teachers, parents and elected officials, as well as international green building councils, USGBC chapters, member companies and more, will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools, by taking action in their communities. CHF is supporting service projects in many of the countries with which it works around the globe, including Colombia, Ghana,... Read more
Jul 06, 2012
Improving Schools In 2008 Global Communities began working in Kosovo to improve the educational environment for primary and secondary school students. With funding from USAID, Global Communities constructed new classrooms and rehabilitated existing classroom space to provide safer places for children to learn. Working closely with the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and municipal governments, the program leveraged local funding and employed local labor. Gloabl Communities also worked closely with communities so that their priorities were followed, and that they are invested in the repairs. To date, school repairs and improvements completed by Global Communities are benefiting more than 20,000 students.
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