About us

SHIS Association is an Albanian NGO, established in 1998. It implements development projects with a special focus on education. The main approach is based on the fundamental human rights and the promotion of human dignity. SHIS is part of the International Network of AVSI Foundation and cooperates with various experts and in harmony with the country's development plans.

SHIS works hard in the development and realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and it’s inspired by the doctrines of the Catholic Church. It is capable to respond the needs of the people.

SHIS is registered in the Court of Tirana, by decision no. 2514 dated 24.06.1998.

SHIS in numbers:

In 2017:

No. of direct beneficiaries: 1.474 (children, youngsters and teachers)

Private donors: 720 (individuals, schools and businesses)

Institutional donors: BE; AVSI; AICS; TDH; SAD

LOCAL PARTNERS: 35 educational subjects distributed throughout the country, DAR Shkodra, ZA Puka, IZHA (Institute for Educational Development)

Localities: Shkodra, Puka, Rrëshen, Laç, Tirana, Lushnje, Berat, Kuçova, Vlora, Korça

Every year SHIS is certified by a prestigious auditing firm. 

MISION OF SHIS

The SHIS mission is to promote human dignity in all its expressions, paying particular attention to the development of education based on Catholic social doctrine.

Values ​​where SHIS bases its work are:

1. THE PERSON AT THE CENTER

The person is always “met” with an immediate respect for their dignity and uniqueness and their inclusion in a fabric of family and social relationships. The person is never considered an isolated individual, nor defined by sociological categories or by the circumstances in which they find themselves (poverty, sickness, disability, war).

2. START FROM THE POSITIVE

Every person and their community, no matter what situation of poverty or different type of emergency they find themselves in, is a resource that should be valued. Starting from the positive means working to increase their awareness that it is possible to treat every circumstance as an opportunity for a new start or redemption.

3. WORKING TOGETHER

AVSI Foundation believes, first and foremost, that it is the direct and personal relationship between the people carrying out a project and those it is intended to help that opens new possibilities of development. Based on this conviction that is born of experience they decide together what steps to take, in a shared journey.

4. DEVELOPMENT OF INTERMEDIARY AND SUBSIDIARY BODIES

To plan and carry out development projects implies favoring people’s social skills, promoting the creation of intermediary bodies (civil society organizations, auxiliary organizations) and of a social fabric eager for participation and capable of joint responsibility.

5. PARTNERSHIP

You can’t walk alone. The situation requires the creation of partnerships between the different subjects present in a particular territory or working in a certain environment that can foster the exchange of experiences, optimize the use of resources, and allow us to embrace the most wide-ranging future possible.

ABOUT US

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  • Number of direct beneficiaries:

    1.474 (children, young, teacher, and parents)

  • Private donors:

    720 (individuals, schools and businesses)

  • Local Partners:

    35 educational subjects distributed throughout the country

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Our mission is to promote human dignity in all its expressions.

Our team

  • Ermira Azermadhi

    Executive Director
  • Eni Rika

    Finance Manager
  • Roberta Profka

    Program Director
  • Enkeleda Pllumbaj

    Local Coordinator
  • Jora Hysa

    Educational Coordinator

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