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ARSIS History

ARSIS – Social Organisation for the Support of the Youth (non-profit, abbreviation ARSIS) has been operating in Albania since January 2006. ARSIS has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs for children in vulnerable situations, disadvantaged youth, marginalised women and families by establishing strong and influential relationships with government bodies and civil society organisations.

ARSIS operates a social drop-in daily centre. Since September 2011 within the premises of ARSIS’ centre are set two rooms that provide transitory accommodation and related services to children and mothers assessed to be exposed to immediate harmful situations; this remains the only transitory accommodation in Albania.

The programmes of ARSIS are client-oriented, tailored to ensure access to basic services, social inclusion and sustainable solutions for those who need it at most.

Over the years ARSIS has consolidated its profile on programmes related to:

  • education from the pre-school to tertiary level as well as the vocational training

  • strengthening child protection system with a cross-sector and multidisciplinary approach

  • youth empowerment including coaching for employment intertwined with psychosocial support

  • supporting vulnerable families by strengthening women through employment programmes, civic awareness and health care.

Since 2010 ARSIS has been involved on immediate humanitarian responses in social or natural catastrophes.

On April 2009 ARSIS became member of the Albanian National Referral Mechanism in Support of Victims of Trafficking (NRM). Since 2009 ARSIS has been actively involved on various national and international networks and coalitions.

ARSIS Vision:

Every child, youth and woman in Albania, has the right for protection, development and participation

ARSIS Mission :

The mission of ARSIS is to offer services and sustainable solutions to marginalized groups; specifically children and youth facing social exclusion and being deprived from basic civic rights

Organigram of ARSIS

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Activities

Multi-purpose services

Multi-purpose services

Multi-purpose services in the multi-functional center "House of Colors", Mon – Fri,8am–5pm: - Support on accessing basic services including: civic status services, health care, education and provision of reinforced classes; - Paralegal-legal clinics services, administrative support; in-kind support; - Case management and system of referrals;

Emergency responses

Emergency responses

(availability 24 hours/day - 7 days/week): - emergency shelter and related services up to 72 hours, - humanitarian support on emergency situations, - psycho-social support to children in contact with the law in Police stations.

Coaching for employment

Coaching for employment

Group Building Processes , Individual development plans , Vocational skills learning , Community Projects , Life skills learning , Short and long internship , Career or business planning Start up or employment

Outreach interventions

Outreach interventions

street work and community development

Capacity building

Capacity building

to child protection agencies by providing training to their staff, sharing positive practices, coaching in the Centre and during outreach interventions

Advocacy and lobbying

Advocacy and lobbying

on child protection issues and Roma/Egyptian families/individuals at policy making level with State authorities and related actors. Improvement and implementation of the related legal framework, Campaigns

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