Nisma offers its services to children and young individuals who live under conditions of poverty, neglect, victimization, conflict, disapproval, exploitation, isolation, racism, in contact with the law, without parental care, don’t have a family or a place to live. Generally, Nisma offers help to those living under difficult situations.
Nisma mobilizes staff and volunteers and works with collective values and social solidarity, democracy and mutual respect, mainly focused in the following core interventions:
Partners: UNICEF, SHL, Terre des hommes – 2010-2020
NISMA ARSIS mobile teams have been working in streets (within and after working hours) since 2006 identifying, referring and providing immediate assistance to children victims of trafficking and children in street situation. The street work services piloted model was endorsed Albanian authorities in 2014 and ever since the mobile units of NISMA ARSIS are part of the National Action Plan for the identification and referral of children in street situation. The mobile teams provide their services in collaboration with the Municipality and Police Directorate of Tirana. We do provide safe transportation 24/7 for all the children identified in the street situation, in the police station, in the family at high risk, and/or need to be transferred in the emergency shelter, in residential care institution, or at their family as well as for children that protection measures have been applied, have been deported from other countries and unaccompanied minors. The safe transportation services do cover cases from all over the country and always accompanied by social worker and psychologist on board.
In the premises of the Center “House of Colors” was established a child friendly shelter for children at high risk or immediate risk for 72 hours in 2011 with the support of the Municipality of Tirana and UNICEF. The Service of Safe Emergency Shelter provides support to children up to 18 and to mothers with their children victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, trafficking, exploitation, without parental care, abandoned, unaccompanied, etc. The center has provided support to more than 98 children at high risk including their parents per year (approximately 1000 children in 10 years). The Service Safe Emergency Shelter is the first and the only national service which provides immediate support and protection to every child at high risk 24/7 days per week in Albania. In the emergency service are involved 30 professionals. The service has evolved since 2011 strengthening its role and services like providing not only accommodation, direct services, but in the same time supporting the system to resolve through case management, referral and reintegration of every case. This model of service has been replicated by Ministry of health and Social Protection in Public RCI’s and served as model for the first draft of Standards for Safe Emergency Shelters for children at high risk in Albania.