We come from different parts of Poland and have different interests and life experiences as a result of ages and jobs. We share curiosity of the world, imagination, sense of humour, enjoying people and the willingness to act.
We have created a group which wants to bring Kosovo closer to Polish people and, at the same time, to bring Poland closer to the citizens of Kosovo. We are optimists and we believe that our work and the information we publish on www.kos-pol.eu and on Facebook will help us to realise our plan and gain new members and supporters.
We wish to know the inhabitants of Kosovo who are similar to us – willing to change their environment for the better – and who are open to the world, tolerant and helpful to those who need it.
The Kosovo-Poland Association started 20 years ago by Haxhi Dulla – an Albanian man from Kosovo who learnt Polish so that he could work as a translator for our soldiers serving in Kosovo with the KFOR peacekeeping mission.
During their service, the KFOR soldiers found out about the tragic fate of Bjondina Dermaku – a girl with a serious heart defect. Her life was rescued by the Polish doctors from Łódź.
As a translator, Haxhi Dulla took care of the child during her treatment in Poland. He did not forget about her after returning from the mission to our country. His Polish friends provided financial and material support for the little girl from Kosovo whenever she needed it for her proper development. Thanks to him, several men from different parts of Poland became interested in Bjondiną and her country. The interest transformed into the idea of founding the association.
On December 19, 2012, the National Economic Court listed our Association in their register with the number 0000443755.
The main objectives in the charter of the association are:
● gaining knowledge about Kosovo and its inhabitants from our members
● initiating projects promoting knowledge amongst Poles about Kosovo and its citizens, especially about their history, languages and cultures and, above all, fighting stereotypes unfavourable for Kosovo and its people by providing a wide range of objective information about the matters of Kosovo to the Polish community,
● promoting knowledge about Poland among the inhabitants of Kosovo,
● supporting projects that lead to bringing Poles and citizens of Kosovo together.
The Kosovo-Poland Association accomplishes its goals in different areas: culture, sport, education, environmental protection, healthcare, human rights and regional and local development, in broad cooperation with state bodies, local government sector economic, with the media, international institutions and individuals who observe the activity of the Association goals.
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