‘Vila Kenedi’ is a residential care center offering a professional level of loving care to the elderly of the Korçë region. It is a place, unique in the Korçë region, where many elderly people can enjoy their old age.
When Marleen van de Voorde, a Belgian nurse, came to Korçë in 1994, she saw the distress of many elderly people in the area and felt compassion for them. The impoverished elderly often spend their retirement in deplorable conditions, suffering loneliness, illness, and extreme cold in winter. Many either have no family or have been effectively abandoned by their families, who have left Albania in search of a better life.
Dream becomes reality
Marleen had a dream to set up an elderly care home, so that the elderly can enjoy a more comfortable retirement. That dream became a reality through a fund of two Dutch NGO’s: EO Metterdaad and Hoop voor Albanië (Hope for Albania).
A Dream Realized
After two years of planning, bricklaying, building, and finishing, the elderly home was a reality. Vila Kenedi is built on a hill with stunning views over Korçë. The first residents moved into the retirement home in February 2012. The complex has 18 rooms and can provide care for up to 28 elderly residents. View photos of the construction.
The construction of the building was done with a plan for future expansion. There is a considerable waiting list of elderly people who are living in terrible conditions. Adding a new wing to the elderly care home would make it possible to care for more vulnerable individuals. The Kenedi Foundation also hopes to expand the range of services to include care for seniors with dementia.
Click here to watch a short video about the underlying problems that many Albanian elderly face.
About the Kenedi Foundation’s work with the elderly
The Kenedi Foundation provides for the abused, lonely, and/or neglected elderly with dedication and love. This is done from a biblical perspective with compassion and empathy. In addition to the elderly care home, The Foundation also provides help for the elderly in and around Korçë through in-home care and medical assistance.
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