Albania is a country that is rich in many natural resources…but like most developing countries it has yet to figure out how to harness them. So for me, an outsider looking in, it is so incredibly confusing to watch them struggle through in the meantime.
Lots of regions in this country have water restrictions, meaning they only have running water for about 3 hours a day- one hour in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night. So if you want to have water to wash you dishes later, you better set your alarm clock and start filling up buckets when it kicks on at 6am. And if you want to do laundry, you better be home at 7pm on the dot to press go on the machine so it can finish the wash cycle before the water shuts off at 8pm.
Luckily in Shkoder we don’t have this problem and I get running water all day long. But I hear these stories from volunteers all over the country about how they are living in a city on the lake or in between two rivers, and yet somehow they don’t have running water throughout the day. It must be so mind-blowing to look out your window at vast bodies of water but have nothing come out of the tap when you turn it on. Someone needs to invest in water pipes, that’s for sure. But like any country, water pipes are not “sexy politics” so it’s really hard to scrounge up the money to fund it and the politicians to make it happen.
“It’s not better. It’s not worse. It’s just different.”