On November 26, 2019, Albania was hit by a devastating earthquake of 6.4 magnitude with its epicenter in the Adriatic sea near the city of Durres. The earthquake was felt hundreds of miles away and a series of aftershocks has continued to damage property and terrorize the residents.
The local news reported there are 51 people dead, over 2000 injured, and that countless people have become homeless. In Durres alone there are more than 700 buildings seriously damaged, including 90 apartment buildings which can no longer be inhabited. In addition, there are hundreds of other damaged buildings in Tirana, Lac, Lezha, Kruja and other cities. There have been more than 1300 aftershocks so far, ranging from 1.2 - 4.5 magnitude, which have only made the crisis more unbearable for those caught in it.
Since the earthquake, we have been in contact with the Assemblies of God church in Durres and have been speaking with pastor Gezimi Spahija about how we can serve in this crisis. The pastor himself had severe damage to his apartment and one of the church facilities had been completely destroyed. Several members of the church had their homes completely decimated by the earthquake as well
Our goal is to raise $50,000 in relief aid. The aid will be used to help approximately 30 families repair their homes and apartments and rebuild the church facility.