Tirana, February 06, 2015
Vodafone Albania Foundation responds to the humanitarian emergency caused by the floods in the south of Albania.
In the conditions of a human emergency caused by the floods in southern Albania, Vodafone Albania delivered aid packages through Vodafone Albania Foundation. The Foundation in cooperation with the Albanian Red Cross started delivering aid packages to 500 families evacuated from the flooded areas, especially in Fier and Vlora.
In the conditions of a humanitarian emergency caused from the recent days floods in the south of Albania, Vodafone Albania through the Vodafone Albania foundation decided to respond immediately with donations for the affected families.
During a press conference held on Friday, Vodafone Albania Foundation in cooperation with the Albanian Red Cross announced the start of the distribution of aid packages that include food and blankets for 500 families evacuated from the flood-affected areas, particularly in areas around Fier, Vlora where the damages were considerable.
The Director of Vodafone Albania Foundation, Albi Greva stated that: "In these moments, the need is not just urgent. It calls for everyone's contribution. Therefore we would like to encourage the business community, institutions and citizens to contribute what they can to help people affected by the disaster. Our assistance is required today because tomorrow might be too late for them".
Secretary General of the Albanian Red Cross Arthur Katuci said: "Volunteers and activists of the Albanian Red Cross are on the field for days. We are currently delivering aid/goods to a significant number of families affected in flooded areas. The partnership with Vodafone Foundation enabled the realization of our first immediate operation. It is the first institution which called us for a immediate contribution".
Vodafone Albania Foundation and Albanian Red Cross are in constant contact with the authorities on the field to deliver in time the humanitarian aid. This immediate reaction will be followed by further contributions in the upcoming days.
Over the years, Vodafone through Vodafone Albania Foundation was always present and close to communities in need by assisting them with donations to families in the areas affected by natural disasters:
2008 - Food and blankets for families affected by the explosion in Gërdec: 150 families;
2009 - Food, blankets, and assistance to the families of the building that collapsed in Gjirokastra: (15 families);
2011 - Food and blankets for 400 families affected by the floods in Shkodra and Lezha;
2012 - Food and blankets for 200 families blocked due to heavy snow in Bulqiza