Kosovo

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
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.
Sep 14, 2011
Green School Plants a Brighter Future for Kosovo's Children By Danielle Duran Baron In order to give every child in Kosovo's severely overcrowded schools an opportunity to receive an education, three four-hour classroom shifts are often the norm. For almost a decade, USAID has worked with Kosovo school system leaders to alleviate this problem through expanding and rehabilitating existing schools. In 2009, this effort took a new turn. USAID, in partnership with CHF International, introduced the concept of a "Green School" to address overcrowding in the Medresa-Cameria section of Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Green Schools practice energy efficiency and water conservation, as well as use non-toxic and recyclable building materials in an effort to reduce the negative environmental... Read more
Jun 17, 2011
Green Building: New Technologies for New Territories The increased worldwide incidence of floods and other extreme weather in recent years demonstrates that climate change has ceased to be an abstract—we all experience it, in whatever part of the world we live. In 2010 alone, Global Communities responded to floods in Colombia, Montenegro and Pakistan, providing assistance to thousands of displaced people. As critical as these emergency responses are, it is better to prevent than to respond and Global Communities is working in partnership with the private sector, governments and communities around the world to do just that. The increased worldwide incidence of floods and other extreme weather in recent years demonstrates... Read more
May 31, 2011
CHF International Inaugurates Innovative Green School in Kosovo PHOTO: Students at the Green School perform at the Inauguration This spring CHF International inaugurated an innovative new Green School, equipped with cutting edge technology, in Kosovo. The school will serve as a model of sustainability and a learning tool for both the students that will attend it in the coming months as well as the Kosovo’s graduate students who will be monitoring its efficiency. The Municipality of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital city, worked hand in hand with USAID in pioneering the Green School project, calling upon the technical skills their implementing partner, CHF International. In the past decade CHF and USAID have worked together to build schools in Kosovo, responding to severe overcrowding in the... Read more
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