Olive tree at entrance

Sunshine, flowers and new opportunities! (Video)

March 2017, with it’s beautiful sunshine, increased energy and flourishing flowers everywhere, finds us with almost finished work in all areas, central heating and cooling system, a working private elevator, security cameras, fire alarm, etc. We are now ordering furniture and computer hardware for the entire staff area and for the training rooms. Slowly the…

Foundation's front ground entrance

Our H.Q. is really taking shape!

Notwithstanding unusually hard winter conditions and some delays in the deliveries of our orders, work in setting up our new center of operations in Tirana has steadily progressed and the results are now beginning to become really noticeable. More are to come very soon, meantime, here are some views of how our premises are taking…

New year greetings and renewed thanks!

Back in NY, after a few arduous months in Tirana overseeing the implementation of the various phases of the Ivanaj Foundations’ Headquarters  construction project,  I want to renew also publicly our thanks to our loyal friends and financial supporters, whose actions in our favor are greatly appreciated. Although I have reached everyone of you personally,…

Critical supporting systems

Behind this door (on a mezzanine floor underneath our Foundations’ complex) there is still activity to finalize and test the systems that will support our Foundations’ premises. Wiring networks, UPS backup, hvac, electrical, security, fire alarm systems ………are just some of the items that will be managed by our newly hired Facilities/Logistics Supervisor.    …

Any time is good ….to be charitable!

As another year’s end approaches, charitable institutions are using all sorts of media to press for more funds, and many new ways to solicit donations are being thought of, and are taking on a variety of special naming conventions, such as ‘Giving Tuesday’, or even the ominous ‘Black Friday Sales’ in the case of Holiday…

Latest additions

The building’s lobby that will be managed by a ‘concierge’ is almost complete and it now displays the actual name of this new construction on the land purchased by the Ivanaj Family 80 years ago. The original garden that surrounded then, the Ivanaj Villa was planned in 1936 by the well known Italian Sgaravatti firm…

Memories…….’Diten e Flamurit’…….

From four years ago, on the occasion of Albania’s Independence Centenary, when the Albania Flag that belongs to the Ivanajs was displayed again in their old, but original residence in Tirana after an hiatus of about 75 years.                                  …

First Summit of the Albanian Diaspora

I participated at the Diaspora Summit organized by the government in Tirana (November 18 – 20) with the motto ‘Të Pandarë për Shqiperinë’ (Undivided for Albania), which turned out to be a ‘tour de force’ for about a thousand Albanians living abroad who flew in from 40 different countries. Very lively atmosphere everywhere with activities…

And there is light…..water……and more!

The electrical installation is toward completion within our Foundations’ floor, thus allowing the ceilings’ closures.                         The bathrooms tiles are all done, and the hydro-sanitary equipment’s installation is also being completed.                          …

Outside corner view

Latest updated views of the construction’s project

Progress continues outside and inside the L-shaped building complex that is positioned on the intersection of two main streets in the center of Tirana. Access to all units of the building, from one street, will show the garden (being designed and developed inside the complex), and the entrances to the dwellings on all floors, to…