Donation 70: Albania, November.

Qendra Xhonatan / Jonathan Center

www.downsyndromealbania.com

We are delighted to announce the recipient of our 70th donation (Wow! Is it really our Platinum Donation????) will be Qendra Xhonatan / Jonathan Center.

Thanks to Marsida Gjonça at the UK Embassy in Tirana, we were pointed in the direction of Qendra Xhonatan / Jonathan Center in Tirana, which we feel is a more than worthy organisation.

Jonathan Center is a nonprofit organization, with the purpose of helping children with Down’s syndrome, autism and with other similar special needs, while at the same time to increase the awareness of their families to achieve the best for their life.

The center is named after the nephew of one of the people who run it, who has Down syndrome, Jonathan, 14 years old, and in November it will be their 10th anniversary.

They offer therapies (speech, occupational, art, music), counselling, training and life skills courses to children and young adults with Down syndrome (all for free and professional) and also organize public awareness events on the potential of individuals with Down syndrome when given the opportunity.

Their intention is to bring a change in the spiritual approach and the possibility that Albanian society can accept and create an environment where the children with special needs can be integrated and achieve the best in life.

With the money we will donate they hope to set up a snooze room for babies that come to their center in order to give them a calming and relaxing environment.

Full details will follow in the coming months, including possible help from a name that will be familiar with both Scottish and Albanian football.

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