Alma Topalli I want to improve the lives of autistic children and their families  Alma Topalli is the founder of both the NGO “Rreze Shprese”, which translates as Ray of Hope in Albanian, and BAMBI, the integration and entertainment centre for autistic children. These centres, for supporting autistic children and their mothers, are the first of their kind in northern Albania. Alma is a dedicated mother and teacher, who hopes to make the world a better place, starting with bringing more support and acceptance to the autistic community. Read on to follow Alma Topalli’s struggles through migration and being a mother to her autistic son. What inspired you the most growing up and why? The most inspirational things that I remember from my childhood were the warm love of my family, and the beauty of nature and animals. Living in an isolated country had big flaws that nobody could imagine, but it also had a lot of diversities that make us very different from other people. A lot of things were forbidden to us but this made our imagination go further and get wilder, and made us more sensitive, and taught us how to respect and appreciate even the small things in life. The life of the Albanian people was not easy, but I still can remember the passion of my parents that believed in values, and gave the best of their self for the growth of our family and the community. I still save in my heart memories of solidarity and generosity of these simple people in many situations, despite that they used to live in total poverty and closure. We used to share everything we had, including o [...]

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