Kujtim and Vjolca are from Albania, they are married with three children. Vjolca is undergoing treatment for cancer, but the family still stays hopeful.
Here is their story:
Kujtim: “I work as an occasional welder and I really love my profession, but it is not easy to find a job in the village. I had to immigrate to Turkey to support my family, I was there for two months before I had to return as my wife got very sick. My wife and daughters work the land with me where we grow vegetables and they take care of a cow that was donated to us. Alhamdulillah, between my work and the produce from the land and cow we manage to survive. It is very difficult for us to buy meat. As the head of the family, I feel very bad about not being able to meet the needs of my family, especially for my sick wife and young children. They desperately need nutrition from meat and I can’t provide for them…”
Kujtim started crying and was unable to speak. His wife comes over to comfort him.
Vjolca: “As I am going through chemotherapy the doctor has told me that I need to have a high protein diet. Protein is important for cell growth and repair, and a healthy immune system. Without enough protein, the body will take longer to recover from an illness or the cancer treatment. I am grateful for all the hard work and efforts of my husband. I feel very blessed.“