ALB-AID is a non-governmental organization, private, non-partisan and non-profit. It is a continuation of former “Victims of Mines and Arms Kukes” NGO founded in November 2000 and registered as a legal entity on January, 2001. On May 2009 with the decision No. 2579 of the Law Court of Tirana, it was registered with the new name Association of Albanian Assistance for Integration and Democratic Development (ALB-AID) extending its activities all over Albania and broadening its services to other persons with disabilities (PWD), besides mine and ERW victims.
Victims of Mines and Arms-Kukes (VMA) (currently ALB-AID) was established as a local community based NGO from the former local staff of Mine Risk Education Project of Care International after Kosovo conflict of 1999. Initially it started to conduct MRE Activities in 39 mine affected villages of Kukes County. While working in these areas on MRE, the NGO staff identified Protection and Economic Development growing bigger and bigger until it became a National NGO in 2009. Based on this experience and expertise gained in northeast Albania with mine survivors, ALB-AID is approaching ERW/UXO survivors and PWD in other parts of Albania to provide similar services and support for their social-economic integration.
ALB-AID uses community-based approach to overcome the root causes of poverty to improve the livelihoods of victims of mines, UXO/ERW and social trauma and PWD and provides support for the sustainable development of these communities. This is achieved through economic development of the areas and strengthening of capacities for self-help, enabling equal opportunities for every one and empowering social-economic rights of each individual.