Posted on May 20, 2019
The streets and cafeterias are empty, and it seems that life has ‘confined’ inside the four walls. As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, silence, isolation and panic have gripped Kosovo as well.
But many initiatives have already begun in order to normalize the situation. And of course, young people in Kosovo are making a significant contribution by volunteering online. Get to know some of them.
If not from the virus, one thing is certain: most of the people in Kosovo are affected by fear and panic. But thanks to an online initiative by Dardha Solutions, people will have another platform where they can be informed and receive tips on how to protect themselves from the new coronavirus.
“Knowing that Facebook is almost the main source of information for Kosovo’s residents, we decided to open this site and post only OFFICIAL information (from relevant sources) about Coronavirus. We will try to make the posts as user friendly as possible, the simplest, and of course, without panic”, said Dardan Hasku, founder of the company.
Mental health care
Considering that this situation also endangers mental health, Network for Civic Activism has decided to create an online line, in order to provide psychological aid for people during this situation.
The basic idea is to create a network of young students and graduates of psychology who would, in their homes, through free telephone service, be available to all who need psychological help.
“The lines would be available to all citizens, for now only from the Serbian community in Kosovo, primarily due to the language barrier. We believe, that the majority of users will be from the younger population, because of the promotional campaign that will be conducted on social networks, but we will not set restrictions and willprovide assistance to anyone who needs it”, explains Sanja Vuković.
If all goes as is planned, Sanja says the line will be ready in two weeks. She also suggests that young people should stay at home, and if they wish to contribute, to do it from home.
“Our organization Network for Civic Activism brings together 12 NGOs, and many of our activists are psychologists by profession. We had previously considered a similar idea, the SOS lines for youth suicide prevention and our activists then made a good plan to put it into action. Now we have just come up with an idea to adapt to the situation in which our society is”, adds Sanja.
Reading in the time of COVID-19
Carl Sagan has said: “To read is to voyage through time”. Therefore, some young people in Kosovo have chosen reading as a way to ‘get out’ of the quarantine walls. NGO “Paqja Studentore” has already established a Virtual Reading Club, where readers will select different books, also read and discuss them online.
Medina Paloma, from this organization, says that young people have welcomed the initiative, and soon, they will start with virtual meetings.
“In the digital era, the book is being overlooked, but now is the best time to get them all back together. The Reading Club is a time productivity initiative in this crisis for all. But we are not aiming to bring together young people only at this time, the virtual club will also continue through in-person meetings after this crisis is gone,” she says.
Medina, who is also a young writer, considers that reading is not luxury, but an essential need for society. At this time when life is going ‘online’, she has also made available online her first book “Dy oqeane largesi”.
“Reading is a fusion of times and eras”, she says.
To enable the normal flow of things, many individuals and institutions are using technology. Some companies have begun to work remotely, providing employers to work from home. The Ministry of Education has already launched online classes for elementary school students. Online hours have also started airing on Kosovo’s public television, RTK.
DokuFest has joined the online festival “My Dear Quarantine”, by featuring short films. Anibar has also started to feature animated films, and various artists have begun hosting live concerts.
Through these activities, all of them want to convey a common message: Stay home and stay safe!