Thursday, 27 October 2011

Lubjana, 23, fulfilling her lifelong dream of learning to read

Lubjana is 23 years old. Before moving to Fushe Kruja in 2002, she lived in Greece with her parents. She never had the opportunity to go to school. Instead, she had to collect plastics and metals in trash cans in order to have money to pay for food. She recalls that it was very hard living and providing sufficient food for all family members was almost mission impossible.

Lubjana was a smart child : tried to learn how to write and read by herself at home. She knows how to read but she have problems with writing and she is desperate to learn it.

Lubjana got married when she was 14 years old, left home and came to Fushe Kruja. Today Lubjana has three children, age 7, 4 and 2. She lives with her husband and with her three brothers who are married and have children. They sell second hand clothes in the villages nearby Fushe Kruja and manage to earn 15 euros per day all together.

Lubjana works a lot at home. Every day she has to wash a lot of clothes by hand because her family cannot afford to by a laundry machine.Her day starts waking up at 6am and she begins cleaning the house. After that she has to wash clothes with cold water outside the house and then prepare lunch for her family. In the afternoon she continues with her house work and in the evening she feels very tired.

She would like to learn how to write and read in order to understand all TV programs and her children’s books. Her dream for the future is to become a hairdresser.

Lubjana is one of our best participants, she is very active and helps us with the other Roma women during meetings. She has become a natural facilitator and we are very happy to work with her !

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