Donations designated for “Creating A Safe & Functional Space for Physical Activity in an Albanian Town” will be used to make necessary renovations to an existing outdoor exercise area serving Kosta Cavo 9-year school and greater Delvine community. The main goal of this project is to improve the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of the community, especially women and girls, through participation in regular physical activity.
The first objective of this project is to create opportunity for all 228 students from 1st-9th grade to participate in not only traditional sports such as basketball and volleyball but new forms such as aerobics and yoga. A second objective is to engage 10% of women and girls in the community in physical activity 2-3 times per week. Kosta Ҫavo recently was selected as a “School as a Community Center.” This title means that the school remains open in the afternoon to the community and having a functional and safe work-out space would empower and encourage the community, especially women, to utilize this community center to improve their wellbeing.
In Delvine, societal gender norms largely dictate what activities that women and girls can participate in. Most public spaces including those that could be utilized for exercising are male-dominated. Because of the patriarchal society, there is a short list of activities that women can comfortably participate in and feel ownership of outside the home. Creating a safe space where women can challenge these norms, express themselves freely, and try new forms of exercise would improve their physical, mental, and social wellness
The current outdoor exercise area is enclosed with fencing that is ripped and broken, exposing students to sharp edges and putting them at risk of traffic accidents when they chase balls that have escaped through large holes in the fencing. Additionally, the basketball hoops are nonfunctional limiting the use of the current space to volleyball and few other activities. Once the funding is received, materials will be purchased and renovations will begin, with hopes that the new space will be ready by the start of the school year 2020.
The Delvine community has contributed to this project through the local municipality, education office, and private businesses donations of labor and materials. Creating a safe and functional space for physical activity has the potential to generate an active culture in Delvina, especially for youth and women.
Carolyn and her host community in Albania, were awarded a PCPP grant during her service, but upon Carolyn being evacuated the grant was dissolved. Carolyn is currently residing in Chicago, Illinois.
NPCA invests 85 percent of the total donations directly to support this project and 15 percent where needed most to support service administration and our overall mission.