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Malteser Albania receives Mother Teresa award on 25th anniversary of humanitarian work

Shkodra, 7 February

On its 25th anniversary, Malteser Albania’s President, Marku Maranaj, accepted on behalf of his organisation the Mother Teresa award for its humanitarian activities for the weakest social groups, presented by the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta. The ceremony took place on Saturday 7 February in the hall dedicated to Cardinal Mikel Koliqi, hero of the Catholic faith under Communism, in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Shkodra.

Covid actions

President Meta recalled the Order of Malta’s longstanding mission to help the poorest sections of Albanian society and also praised the work performed during these months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Order’s volunteers have been distributing masks, therapies, oxygen machines and food since the beginning of the emergency, and providing 400 people with a free hot meal every Sunday. The integration of the Roma community is another priority of the Order of Malta’s volunteers, who have for years been managing centres and specialised staff to help Roma young people find employment.

Photo: Marku Maranaj, Malteser Albania, receives the award from President Ilir Meta

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