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ALBANIA – THE STEPHEN CENTER – CHRIS AND LAURA DAKAS
The Stephen Center in Tirana is a restaurant, hostel and library. Not far from the Stephen Center is the warehouse where humanitarian aid is received and distributed to six churches and the communities with which they work. At times aid is distributed to groups and areas of need with whom the Center is not directly associated. In 1999 the Stephen Center was given funding by the United Nations to run three refugee camps in Albania, supporting the thousands of Kosovar people that were fleeing Kosovo from Yugoslavian Serb oppression.
Through its outstanding work in managing these camps, the Stephen Center is now recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Government Organization (NGO). The Center is run by an American couple Chris and Laura Dakas who give Rotary shoeboxes to a variety of poor people in children’s homes, other institutions and community centres. Chris is planning a new project which would involve shoeboxes. He aims to use street drama to teach older children and young adults about the dangers of HIV and of trafficking by going to Albanian villages and into neighbouring countries. Shoeboxes would be given to the audience.