Our Albanian Team

Fred website

Fred Westerink
Executive Director

Responsible for overseeing the overall operation and management, setting strategic goals, representing the organization to stakeholders, and ensuring its mission is fulfilled effectively and efficiently.

Esther website

Esther Klaassen
Directing Manager

Responsible for providing leadership and direction to various departments or teams within an organization to ensure efficient operations and the achievement of strategic objectives. Directs and coordinates activities, delegates tasks, and monitors progress to ensure alignment with organizational goals.

Ardita website

Ardita Shehu
Finance Manager

Oversees financial operations, including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and analysis. Develops strategies to optimize the organization’s financial performance and ensure compliance with regulations. Manages financial risks and provides guidance to senior management on financial decisions.

Blerina Qiriako
Finance Assistant

Support to the finance department by assisting with tasks such as processing invoices, maintaining financial records. Reconciling accounts, and other routine financial duties under the supervision of the Finance Manager.

Ylli website

Ylli Doce
Senior Chaplain

Providing spiritual guidance, support, and oversight to chaplains within the organization. Serves as a liaison between administration, staff, and religious communities, ensuring the provision of holistic spiritual care for prisoners.

Marjana website

Marjana Myftari
Office Manager secretary & HR

Responsible for managing administrative tasks, coordinating office operations, and providing support to staff members. Oversee human resources functions, onboarding and maintaining personnel records.

Vita website

Viktorie Taja
Chaplain – Woman’s Prison, Tirana

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Tirana’s woman’s prison, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Fatmir website

Fatmir Saçaj
Koordinator Dream Academy

Leads and manages the DA program, which aims to provide educational opportunities for teenagers that have their seeking to improve their lives. Develops curriculum, coordinate instructors and mentors, oversee student’s enrollment, and ensure the smooth operation of the program to support participants in achieving their academic and career goals.

Sokol Z website

Sokol Zefi
Coordinator Secured Childhood

Oversees the implementation of the program and initiatives focused on ensuring the well-being and development of children of prisoners. Collaborates with stakeholders to develop comprehensive child protection strategies and coordinates various events, including Summer Camps, Easter, and Christmas activities

These initiatives aim to create enriching experiences for children, encouraging their educational development and providing opportunities for growth in safe and supportive environments.

Ernest website

Ernest Shira
Coordinator The Prisoner’s Journey

Responsible for planning, organizing, and overseeing the 8-week program for prisoners, including curriculum development, volunteer coordination, participant engagement, and program evaluation. This role involves working closely with prison staff, volunteers, and external partners to ensure the effective delivery of the program and the positive impact on participants’ lives.

Bledar website

Bledar Raseni
Chaplain – Tirana, Kavajë

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Tirana & Kavajë, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Sokol F website

Sokol Flamuraj
Chaplain – Fier

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Fier, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

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Sokol Beqiri
Chaplain – Burrel

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Burrel, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Suela website

Suela  Xhixhi
Manager Social Depatment

The primary responsibility is to unite all social project coordinators into a cohesive team, aligning their efforts to design activities and development strategies aimed at supporting prisoners’ families in holistic way.

Elvis website

Elvis Karroqe
Chaplain – Peqin, Lushnje

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Peqin, Lushnje, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Arber website

Arbër Jaupllari
Chaplain – Durrës

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Durrës, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Zamira Lleshi
Chaplain – Hospital Prison

Offers support and pastoral care to prisoners in Prison Hospital, while also organizing activities adapted for individuals with mental health challenges, aimed at fostering hope and well-being. These activities create supportive environments where prisoners can build connections, and find inspiration for their journey towards recovery and hope.

Ilir Qelemeni – Diakonia Coordinator (plus Micro credit, Restored Dignity)

Gazmend Merkaj
Chaplain – Berat

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Berat, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Besmir Meçollari
Koordinator Restorative Justice

Oversees and facilitates restorative justice programs like URA course, working to promote healing and reconciliation between offenders, victims, and communities. Organize and manage restorative justice processes, coordinate stakeholder involvement, and ensure the effective implementation of restorative practices aimed at repairing harm and addressing underlying issues

Denis Kopliku
Chaplain – Reç, Shkoder

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Reç, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Ada Lupo
Cleaning Lady – Shkbsh Office

She is independently responsible for cleaning and maintaining our office and meeting spaces. Her efforts ensure that our office is presentable for any potential visitors and activities.

Blerina Hysenaj
Communication and Media Manager

Develops and executes strategic communication plans to effectively convey the organization’s message across various platforms. Oversee media relations, content creation, and branding efforts to ensure consistent and impactful communication with stakeholders and the public.

Albert   Azisllari
Chaplain – Durrës

Offers support, guidance, and pastoral care to prisoners in Durrës, while also organizing church gatherings, discipleship groups, and educational and sports activities within the prison environment.

Irida Hazizi
Coordinator Winter Project/ Volunteers

This role involves overseeing and managing all aspects of the winter project, including recruitment, training, and coordination of volunteers, as well as planning and implementing various activities and initiatives related to the project’s objectives during the winter season.

Klarisa Gjergji
Asistant Dream Academy

Providing support to the Dream Academy program, assisting with administrative tasks, coordinating activities, and facilitating communication between staff, mentors, and participants to ensure the smooth operation of the program and the achievement of its goals.