The Norwegian Broadcasting System, NRK, wrote from Selaci’s hometown Fredrikstad last week that the money will be donated to an SOS Children’s Village in Prishtina. This was decided after one of her teachers from school had found one of Selaci’s essays where the young, aspiring girl had expressed a strong wish to help orphan children.
Lejla Selaci herself was born in Norway, but both her parents were refugees from Kosovo. Last week, her teacher, Inger Fjeldbraaten, and parents, Bajrush and Elfete, visited Prishtina and the Children’s Village that had been granted the money from Selaci’s memorial fund. “It was Lejla’s wish to help children in need all over the world”, said her father, Bajrush Selaci.
With the foundation, Selaci’s parents are hoping to fulfill their daughter’s dream of helping children who need it the most. The parents are very grateful for the money that has been donated to their daughter’s memorial fund and they expressed great wishes to continue the cooperation with the children’s village. This is just the beginning. We will not give up”, said Elfete, Selaci’s mother.
Lejla Selaci was one of the many victims of the terrorist attack at the Labor party youth camp at Utøya, July 22nd last summer. By the age of 17, Selaci was already leader of the local youth party organization in Fredrikstad, and she was also the vice representative at the county committee. She was an example of political engagement and concern for her community and for people less fortunate than herself.
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