“Beauty and heritage of Kosovo have to be saved for the future generations”

In April 2016, seven IKEA co-workers from different Russian cities arrived in Kosovo, one of the countries where Save the Children has been working since 1997. Our goal is to see with our own eyes how the IKEA Foundation supports children all over the world.

We are the group of seven Russian IKEA co-workers in Kosovo - by Natalia Abakumova
We are the group of seven Russian IKEA co-workers in Kosovo – by Natalia Abakumova

Kosovo is the newest and poorest country in Europe with a very difficult economic and social situation. Around 34.5% of its population live below the poverty line and the unemployment rate is 45%.

On the first day of our trip, in the early morning, we met in the sunny hotel backyard. We had a security briefing which was held by Save the Children co-ordinators Valid Zhubi and Emira Ptuthi. We got full information about the social situation in Kosovo and our security.

After the briefing we moved to the cultural capital of the country, Prizren. On the way to the city we saw many houses with red roofs surrounded by wonderful mountains covered with white snow.

All the country in one shot - by Evgeniya Kovaleva
All the country in one shot – by Evgeniya Kovaleva

We opened for ourselves this interesting place with narrow and cosy streets. The city is crossed by “boiling” river. The banks are crowded by people seating in cafes right on green grass. We climbed up to Prizren fortress and we saw the breath-taking panorama of the city.

Prizren from the height of bird’s flight - by Evgeniya Kovaleva
Prizren from the height of bird’s flight – by Evgeniya Kovaleva

It’s important to know and understand that children are the new, growing generation who can save all the beauty and heritage of this historical country.