Women for Women UK Major Gifts Officer Nora Russell traveled to Kosovo in June. She has written about her experiences and the women she met. This part 4 of 4 in her series.
Day 4 – Thursday 24th
Our final day, and it feels like we have been here so much longer – everyone has been so accommodating and welcoming and the group are tired but also so happy to have met the women they sponsor. Our last trip before dashing to the airport is to visit a vocational skills class which is a mixed group of women from many different communities Albanian, Ashkali and Egyptian. I meet Igballe Behluli who recites a poem she has written about her schooling and leaves us with these words;
‘The End of Primary School’
At the end of primary school I received a message,
They are stopping me from going to school.
I was very sad, I started to cry.
The books and school bench was awash with my tears.
Walking down the road I tore up my notebooks in frustration.
I didn’t deserve this.
But truthfully, my father did not do this on purpose.
It was the war and there was poison in every school.
Now I am happy, my dream is fulfilled.
My children go free to school.