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.
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.
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.
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.