This is the story of Mergita Hoti, a young member of the Kosovo Egyptian community from Gjakova/Ðakovica. The story is part of a series of OSCE Mission in Kosovo articles on the struggles and achievements of successful individuals belonging to the Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities in Kosovo. The OSCE Mission works with all communities in Kosovo to protect, promote and advance their rights.
Mergita Hoti, a 22 year-old from Gjakova/Ðakovica, welcomed us into the colourful offices of the non-governmental organisation Roma in Action.
“In 2017, a group of friends from the Kosovo Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and I decided to establish our own organization,” says Mergita.
“We volunteered together for years with Bethany Christian Services and experienced first-hand the needs of children from the communities. We wanted to take it a step further and that is how it all began,” explains Mergita.
The NGO is active in the municipality, organizing a variety of activities from education to sport and youth empowerment. The ultimate goal of the NGO is to raise awareness among the three communities and promote the Romani language.
This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.