LightForce International began working in Albania in 1992 and to date more than 1000 people have personally given their time as volunteers. Thousands of tonnes of aid have been delivered. LightForce has repaired hospitals & schools, supplying necessary equipment, provided clothes, food and blankets, repaired and constructed homes.
LightForce International is also working on development projects to provide training, long-term employment and create small businesses thus enabling people to rebuild their lives.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
During its time in Lezhe, Albania, LightForce has developed a very desirable facility to host and run Children’s Camps and Conferences.
Children’s Camps are running each summer enabling children to enjoy the facilities at the Lezhe Activity Centre. In 2012 we hosted over 1,800 people.
LightForce is always looking for opportunities to serve the wider community and has done this through the distribution of cattle, providing support for vulnerable families and donating food to the elderly.
LightForce has a small flock of sheep, chickens and a pig breeding unit in an endeavour to generate funds to sustain the ongoing work.
Since 2001 LightForce International has run children’s camps at its site in Ishull-Lezhe with 100’s of children enjoying trips to the beach and days filled with fun, good food and lots of recreational and creative ideas.
In 2009, LightForce International embarked upon a programme to develop two exciting Activity Centres for the benefit of community, church and school groups, conference groups, and individuals and families on holiday. The work is ongoing and includes the revamping of the Ishull Lezhe site and the securing of a lease on a property in the beautiful mountainous region of Lura which has been renovated to provide accommodation in two attached village houses as well as camping in the grounds. We launched in the middle of summer 2010 and hosted around 1,100 people. This increased to 1,800 people in 2012.
A wide range of activities at both sites provide new experiences for both young and old in a safe and peaceful environment. These projects are also giving Albanians an opportunity to work and develop skills and greater understanding of what is required in running busy people based activity.
Further developments in 2012 increase the capacity of the Ishull-Lezhe site to 160 for Children’s Camps. A new swimming pool is planned for 2013.
LightForce International sees the need to present solid values to help shape lives, especially those of Albanian children, many of whom will be the decision and policy makers of the future.