In the North of Albania a local church in Shkoder want to help people in need. With the help of partner organisations, volunteers and the support from abroad the foundation has the power to reach out to people who are alone, poor and / or workless. The name ‘Fish’ is an Abbreviation for ‘Foundation Illyricum SHkoder’
The Illyricum Foundation was founded in 13 October 2008 by Klodi and Alketa Lumci, an Albanian couple who started a church (Illyricum Church). Their vision was (and is) not to be a church in a building and having nice services, but to be a church ‘on the street’ to help and serve people in need. Over the years the foundation and its volunteers have assisted thousands of people with different kinds of help.
At the beginning of 2011 the foundation had a big challenge as a result of the emergency flood situation in the city of Shkoder and commune of Bushat. Trucks with gifts in kind were spread around to help needy people. Also volunteers from the foundation helped the national and Italian army with reaching out to the people who were suffering from the floods.
The Illyricum Foundation Shkoder is practical part of the foundation / church. It rents a house and uses this as church building where activities are organised and Gift in Kind stored. We believe that the Bible is God’s word and that He is asking from everybody to take care of others around them. The meaning of ‘compassion’ is mentioned more than two thousand times in the Bible. Jesus himself said: (Matthew 25:35, 36)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
He took care of people who were the outcasts of society. He loved them the most. These words from the Bible inspire us to do our work in the North of Albania, to help others and share God’s love.
In the future (and now) we hope and pray that God will bless us to be a blessing for many. We will be a connection link between people who want to help with time, prayer, materials or money. We hope to help more and more and our dream is to have our own accommodation to be the centre of our activities and outreach.
The Illyricum Foundation has different target groups in different projects. Take a look >>>.