FOA provides small project grants for Albanian organizations and individuals which are collaborating with US Peace Corps Volunteers, and facilitates interest in issues relevant to Albania through cultural programs. FOA is an official member group of the National Peace Corps Association.
In total, FOA has awarded almost $10,000 to current Peace Corps Volunteers in Albania, over 8 grant cycles.
Jacqueline Labrador, Durres • Adam Poeschl, Ksamil
Sho Tsubakiyama, Peshkopi • Quinn Hargitai and Jermanne Perry, Berat • Paulina Flores, Divjake • Teresa Anderson, Fier
Amber Wunderlich, Permet • Ansley Hobbs, Puke • Ian Fornshell, Kukes • James Smyth, Fushe-Arrez • Laurel Duncan, Gjirokaster • Sho Tsubakiyama, Peshkopi • Emilie Weisser, Bilisht • Heather Hilt, Corovode • Jennifer Clark, Bajram Curri • Katherine Avenetti, Vlore • Laurel Duncan, Gjirokaster
Daniel Shibley, Burrel • Danielle Nesmith, Shkoder • Emily Back, Lezha • Joseph Bonk, Peshkopi • Liila Bagby, Permet
Jeff Knoche, Gramsh • Zoe Bambery, Rreshen • Brandie Lockett, Gjirokaster • Dennis Dias, Korca • Eric Czuleger, Bajram Curri • Casey Loving, Saranda • Connor Gary, Gjirokaster • Garrett Niemerg, Bajram Curri • Kyle Roberts, Fier • Melia Dunn and Luis Vivaldi, Elbasan • Sara Babb, Kavajë
The Story Behind Friends of Albania
FOA was created in 2009 by Group 10 Peace Corps Volunteers as they left Albania with a collective feeling to continue the Peace Corps experience. This interest to create FOA was sparked by a desire to remember experiences, speak Albanian and connect with others who are interested in this special part of the world.
Now, FOA is providing assistance to charitable endeavors, including community self-help, development and educational projects in Albania through small grants to current Peace Corps volunteers working with local organizations.
To meet its' mission, Friends of Albania financially supports small, community driven projects in Albania, which are identified through it micro-grant application process. The application process and grant structure allows the organization to utilize the vast network of action-oriented community members which it is able to access through its unique relationship with in-country Peace Corps volunteers. This enables Friends of Albania to provide grants in a simple, quick and accountable way to ensure that necessary funding is provided immediately. These projects cover key issue areas which are essential to a vibrant Albanian society: health, education, and effective governance.
Experience has shown that local communities understand their own needs and aspirations best. Thus, to create a sustainable project with a meaningful outcome, the community must be the primary force behind the project. The support of our members and other donors empowers local community members to take direct responsibility for their situation and improve it.