Kosovo – National Council of YMCAs
Date of foundation of the YMCA: 2003
Membership Status : Related
Full member of the World Alliance of YMCAs since: –
Brief YMCA History
Inspired by the worldwide YMCA a National Office in Kosovo was established in August 2003, a re-brand and restructure in 2013 with the name George Williams Youth Association in Kosovo (GWY) and become a national movement working locally. Opened the first NGO charity shop in the county in 2014
Mission & Vision
To be an inclusive movement where people grow in mind, body and spirit
● A strong, credible organisation working locally, nationally and internationally
● Building future and present leaders and investing in youth
● Promoting peace and unity and celebrating each other’s differences and diversity
Children’s Camps running out of schools and YMCA centres for 8-13 years olds, children engage in informal learning and games in a safe environment.
Our ‘peer to peer’ leadership program works with youth between the ages of 13-20 years old. The projects helps develop leadership skills and encorages youth to embrace the ‘pay it forward’ methodology. Currently runs in three cities in Kosovo; Gjakova, Fushe Kosovo and Peja and has around 40 Peer to Peer trainers and around 400 youth activly involved in weekly beses.
A 12 week gender program which challenges young males and females about how they see their and their sexes roles in society. This means means challenging steriotypes and allowing space for young people to voice their concerns.
Each Christmas and New Year a team of staff and volunteers prepare parcels for families across the country. Basic food rations and gifts for children are given. The project runs completely off donations. The project takes place in four cities; Gjakova, F.Kosovo, Pristina and Peja.
NGO Charity Shops
We currently have two shops in Kosovo and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers working around the clock to raise funds for us. Funds raised have gone towards community inititives (tree planting, aid) or to our own youth and children projects.
Address – National Office
National General Secretary: Dorina Davies
Ismail Qemali street, no number, 50000 Gjakove, Kosovo
+377 (0) 45 69 5429