Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, has hosted the 9th Anniversary celebrations of the Shpresa Programme at a well-attended event at the House of Commons. The event was attended by around 100 people and was a celebration of the Shpresa Programme’s considerable achievements in the nine years since they began.
The Shpresa Programme was founded by Director, Luljeta Nuzi, who came to the UK from Kosovo with her family seeking asylum, is a user-led organisation that promotes the participation and contribution of the Kosovan Albanian-speaking community in the UK. It seeks to do this through advancing the education and training of Albanian speaking people and has so far established several highly regarded Albanian language schools for children of Kosovan Families a Children and Young People Project, a Women’s Health and Wellbeing Project, a Volunteering project, an Advocacy and Advice Project and a Campaigning project. In 2006 the Shpresa Programme was awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2006.
The celebration was attended by both the Ambassadors of Albania and Kosovo. After the event, which he spoke at, Mr Timms said: “I was delighted to welcome the Shpresa Programme and its many supporters to the House of Commons to celebrate their terrific achievements tonight. The Shpresa Programme does a fantastic work amongst the Albanian-speaking community; helping people advance their skills and education and make a contribution to British Society. I look forward to continuing my work with them in the future.”