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.

The Leadership Programme, developed by the MWL Youth Project, began with a new innovation this year. Two psychology students volunteered for individual psychological support with young people. At this age young people experience a series of complex emotions that easily affect their own experiences of themselves and the surrounding world.  These volunteer psychology students have been trying to help these youngsters identify and cope with their emotions. They have held individual meetings with some of the young people. The main challenge for these young people has been to accept the need for counseling. Initially they were suspicious and confused by the presence of these volunteers. The expectation of the volunteers were challenged, but over time their expectations were adapted to the background of the young people.  Strategies have been changed and now one of the three volunteer psychologists is offering the group the possibility to work on their human development within the context of group work.

Through these meetings they have come to know each other. The work is dynamic. All of them have great dreams and aspirations to make something useful of themselves and their family, with whom they are very connected. Yet, the environment in which they live, the Mirdite neighborhood, does not provide the conditions for their dreams to come to birth. These young people think that leaving their community will provide the best opportunity for their desires and dreams to be realized. This is sad as they have a happy life in their community and belong to this place.