Is homelessness a stigma?

Is homelessness a stigma? I asked this question in one of our community meetings, where people who are homeless, formally homeless, or income insecure meet once a week to discuss the issues they face. After discussing these issues, we then come up with solutions to overcome them. The responses really made me sad – listening to the issues of the people affected by homelessness. I thought to put my thoughts in the form a blog to help overcome homelessness as a stigma.

$30 Dinner Party

$30 Dinner Party: Tapas

On this episode of $30 Dinner Party, we’re headed Park Slope in Brooklyn to meet Zaneta, a teaching fellow and student, who has lived abroad in Spain in the past. She is looking to throw a dinner party for her friends that's as budget conscious as it is worldly.

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness

(Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Life tough? Ask youth who are experiencing homelessness. You will feel blessed because you have so much that others are missing completely.

This morning, at the start of spring and heavy snow, I left for the office at 5 am to supervise our delivery crew unloading the newspapers. That’s how media houses work– they don’t care about the weather or the situation, they do what they are supposed to do. While I was few blocks away from my office, I saw a young man on the street, probably fourteen years old, asking for a change (money) for breakfast.

LDA Albania delegation represented Republic of Albania in the world largest event WFYS2017 in Sochi, Russia!

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My statement after the successful participation on the WFYS in Russia 2017:

An unprecedented honor to represent the Albanian nation for the first time in this worldwide festival.

The organization which I led, “LDA Albania & Kosovo” was the only organization in the Republic of Albania who gave the opportunity to the Albanian state to be represented with a delegation of 20 young people in Sochi, Russia, among 30,000 young people from 180 countries.

I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but a dream and an ideal realized by young people by promoting solidarity, peace and social justice, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…

Time to Counter the Narrative!

History reveals that religion has been used to construct different narratives, of such narratives many have harmed humanity. Unfortunately, many of the countries have passed through these religious narrative constructions’ revolutions. If such revolution has taken place 50 years ago, when can we say that it was possible, but, if this has happened in last 30-35, then it’s a shame – where religion has been used for lobbying, self-interest, and exploiting humanity.

Let me take you to Pakistan – a country having over 193.2 million people, of them, approximately, 97 percent are Muslims. You won’t believe that this country is prouder of the religious Islamic identity rather than national. Eventhough Pakistan is an Islamic republic country, still it faces national identity crisis because of religious narrative – constructed by Saudi Arabia with the support of some others. This religious narrative where Islam was used to exploit the local people, has ruined Pakistan’s every walk of life.

How Do You Become Stronger? – Part II

This is the second part of my piece talking about those things in life that make me feel stronger. In the first one I shared about how important has been for me to keep physically strong, to exercise and maintain moving, walking, biking, no matter how the external conditions could be. This may sound simple, but I learned how important is movement and health for the body to do everything that we pursue. Now I want to share about how moving is important also for my mind and emotions.

The Work of Marina Bulavsky

My Graphic Blog #9 is a kaleidoscopic, surrealistic, deeply personal account of an exceptional example of #EmpowerGlobalWomen – A photovisual collage-journey of the amazing global work of #AtlasCorps Fellow (Class 23) Marina Bulavsky, from Russia.

Disclaimer: I do not have ownership or rights to any of the logos displayed above. All photographs were taken by the creator of the piece or have been obtained from open sources.

The Silenced Voice That Needs To Be Empowered

Since childhood, girls are only taught how to raise children.

I am a man who feels greatly for the women. Pouncing from the love I bear for my mother and the hope I aspire for my sisters. Fifty years apart and yet I hold no tangible guarantee that my mother’s fate will not echo in my child’s yet unfolding destiny.

I have lived to witness the struggle over power, dominance and submission. I have seen the tearless and silent cries of confusion. I lived through the scuffle of fitting-in, conformity, tapering and taming down into societal expectation, both spoken and not. From what I have witnessed, I have learned that there is a silenced voice that needs to be empowered.

Ignorance Versus Wisdom, Who Won!

 

Source: (Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

Source: (Bonnie Jo Mount / Washington Post)

I am an early morning person, and I like mornings. Every morning brings a new joy, new hope, and a new breeze in my life – that’s what I like most of the morning. One fine night I slept free of sorrow and sadness and woke up to see and enjoy the new spirit, zeal, and breeze of the dawn. Unfortunately, I opened my social media and saw the news that terrorists have attacked a Army Public School Peshawar, Pakistan.

My first Model UN experience in New York

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The NGO Leadership Development Association Albania has, for the first time, been represented at the Model United Nations in New York City. Earlier several months ago, the President of LDA Albania & Kosovo, Marilo Meta, a 25 year old, traveled to the United States to take part in the prestigious academic competition.

Speaking about his experience, Marilo stated, “Travelling to New York has always been one of my dreams. When I heard about the upcoming Model United Nations, I was determined to take part. I informed my organization LDA Albania to represent them in United Nations, New York, USA.