Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

MARY WARD LORETO is planting hope with a human rights approach to combating modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grass roots action and systemic change. The aim is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause for human trafficking.

Monthly Archives: May 2017

Service-Learning at Rogacionist’s High School in Lezha. Edlira Gjoni, an expert in this field, provided the training for all the pedagogical staff of the school where there was introduced this approach and the benefits it has to the school students, education system and the community. It is a new methodology that tries to combine the learning process in the classroom with the work in the community. It is aiming to promote active engagement, to improve the leadership skills of students to solve real problems in the community through project which will come from the students themselves.  It is just the start and the real implementation will start in September 2017.

     

On May 25th, MWL in cooperation with the Bajram Curri Municipality participated in the activities organized in the town of the region, Bajran Curri, in the craft market of the city.

The second part of the day found us in Valbona for another promotional activity which included cultural values activities, handicrafts and the rich gastronomy of the area. MWLW women’s groups promoted their products and made some sales.

Thank you Municipality of Bajram Curri for your collaboration!

RENATE President, Imelda Poole, IBVM, alerts Canada to the fact that despite being categorised as tier 1, in the TIP Report, Canada a primary target for human trafficking. Speaking on the 18th of May, at the Mary Ward Centre in Toronto, Imelda said Canada has become a primary destination for victims of human trafficking in spite of various initiatives to combat the illegal trade. Imelda was in Canada the same day that Ontario passed the Anti-Human Trafficking Act. Ontario accounts for 69 per cent of reported human trafficking crimes in Canada, according to 2014 data.

About 70 per cent of these cases involve sexual exploitation. The Anti-Human Trafficking Act enables victims or potential victims of human trafficking to obtain restraining orders and also provides a means for victims to sue traffickers for compensation to rebuild their lives. The act also establishes Feb. 22 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Ann McGowan, director of Toronto’s Mary Ward Centre, is generally encouraged by the new law but says it fails to address the underlying issues which lead to humans being trafficked. More at www.catholicregister.org

The development of this initiative has been Mary Ward Loreto Women Project in collaboration with the rural women from Tropoje. The shop was opened on May 12th and the impact has been immediate in the area, where there have been no such services in the past. Our customers are local residents, city residents of the surrounding villages of Bajram Curri who come to spend weekends with their families. Other buyers come as tourists from around the world and groups from different cities of Albania.   This year we have in the store many new handcrafts made by the women of the MWLW group. It is more than a craft: It is a story of women’s empowerment. Come and see this beautiful work! Thank you for being a part of this venture.            

A project organized and funded by Mary Ward Loreto Women project in collaboration with Directory of Public Health Lezhe and Sue Ryder Foundation, Albania, was launched to train the family physicians of Lezha district on Palliative Care. This training happened to take place at the time when the Ministry of Health had recently assigned two beds and three staff at Lezha hospital, to provide better care for this category of patients since this service was totally lacking. The family physicians were informed regarding the establishment of this new service which will help to improve the communication and referral system between Primary Health Care and Secondary Health Care. This fact, together with the delivery of this training, aims to improve the service for this category of patients. 25 physicians are attending 18 modules of this training and the participants will gain 33 credits which will be acknowledged by the National Centre of Accreditation.