The Mat Valley is located in northeastern Albania and is one of the four regions that make up the Diocese of Rrëshen, located along the road leading to the border with Macedonia.
The territory consists mainly of a wide valley with small villages of people relying on family subsistence agriculture. This kind of agriculture is very simple and lacks the appropiate skills and tools for market production. The most developed activities are agriculture and animal husbandry, the basis of a predominantly agricultural economy.
In an area such as the Mat Valley, social, educational and economic exclusion are widespread: inland areas, as opposed to coastal areas, suffer from high levels of unemployment and significant infrastructure and service deficiencies, especially in the transportation sector, in water treatment and supply to all villages, and in waste management.
The project in the Diocese of Rrëshen aims to improve the quality of life and economic inclusion of vulnerable families residing in the Municipalities of Klos and Mat, to decrease displacement, especially of fathers of families and young people out of the country.
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
The project, which started in December 2020, will provide over three years:
The project is led by No One Out and is developed in collaboration with Medicus Mundi Italy (MMI) and local partners Rrëshen Caritas Diocesana and Klos Municipality.
The project is funded by Conferenza Episcopale Italiana (CEI).