ARSIS, Brief Description
ARSIS provides services and expertise to children victims or at risk of violence, abuse, mistreatment, trafficking, neglect, exploitation etc. ARSIS, Branch in Albania started its activities in November 2005 doing street work and operating a daily center for street children and their families. The initial main goal was to reduce the number of hours these children were spending working on the street. Since then, ARSIS has expanded its range of activities as follows:
- Psycho – social support for beneficiaries;
- Provision of individual Case Management;
- Advocacy among governmental at local and central level and non-governmental stakeholders for the best interests and establishment of child protection system;
- Referring/assisting/registering children for nursery school, kindergarten and elementary school;
- Referring and/or registration in alternative care residential centers for specific cases;
- Provision of food, clothing, school materials, medical aid for street children and their families;
- Provision at the daily centre of snacks, tea, milk or juices; shower and cleaning facilities, clean laundry service;
- Regular psycho-social games at the ARSIS daily center premises; sport, creational and cultural outdoor activities;
- Provision of non-formal education literacy and reinforcement classes; Art-workshops; development of specific skills for the attending children; entertaining and cultural activities;
- Medical needs referrals and facilitation of beneficiaries in clinics and/or hospitals
- Awareness raising round tables about children’s rights, personal hygiene, sexual education etc.
ARSIS beneficiary actions include but not limited to, family and community strengthening/development:
- Network establishment of various stakeholders.
- Administrative and legal assistance for registration of children at Civil Status Offices; facilitation of issuance for various documents for Albanian citizens that have lived or are currently living abroad. This includes minors and their parents in order to enable their social integration in the adopting country;
- Community development;
- Referring beneficiary families to the employment offices, economic support offices, potential employers etc.
- Ludobus method;
- Community involvement and solidarity.