November 2-5, representatives of 12 countries gathered for the annual Fall Leadership Retreat, in Ireland. Four amazing days of spiritual emphasis, teaching, meeting, sharing, praying, fellowship, and visiting the Teen Challenge centers in Ireland.
The work of Teen Challenge in Albania is in it's early stages. The need for Teen Challenge in Albania - Southeastern Europe - is great. According to official numbers around 60,000 people deal with addiction in Albania. But the chances are the number of people struggling with addiction and substance abuse is much larger.
Statistics* about Albania:
Ethnic groups: Albanian 82.6%, Greek 0.9%, other 1%, unspecified 15.5%.
Languages: Albanian 98.8%, Greek 0.5%, other 0.6%, unspecified 0.1%.
Religions: Muslim 56.7%, Roman Catholic 10%, Orthodox 6.8%, atheist 2.5%, Bektashi 2.1%, other 5.7%, unspecified 16.2%.
note: all mosques and churches were closed in 1967 and religious observances prohibited; in November 1990, Albania began allowing private religious practice.
Age structure: 0-14 years: 18.78%, 15-24 years: 18.67%, 25-54 years: 40.39%, 55-64 years: 10.85%, 65 years and over: 11.3%.