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.

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Suicide is a preventable cause of premature death, influenced by psychosocial, cultural, and environmental risk factors.   MWLW in Tropoja organized an informative session with the group of young girls in Raja. Adolescence is the age of great change and the stage of identity creation. This change may be one of the causes that lead young people into attempt suicide.   The sessions discussed the importance of seeking help from professionals and addressing problems to prevent suicidal actions. These problems could be within their family role, school and teachers, or the development of their social circle.

MWL continues the tradition of summer camp every year in Raja, in Tropoja. MWL, in collaboration with “Operazione Colomba’ Organization, led activities with the children and young people of the community.

The title of the summer camp, “Everyone can be a hero”, aims to increase the self-esteem of the children and encourage them in their role of being “agents of change” in the community. One of the activities was “Empowering through Art”, led by the MWL Social Worker. The children had the opportunity to explore their feelings and thoughts through drawing, colors, and carvings. They had fun while learning to work together in a group.

 

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth are happy to announce the Launching of the Research: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in the southern region of Albania.

Date: 27 October 2018

Place: Hotel Mustafa Event, in Vlora City,

Time: 10:00 – 13:00, (Registrations start at 9:30)

Young people have a right to be empowered with a social and moral awareness in order to thrive in our society. This means preparing young people to be citizens ready to influence the growing democracy. Such values are not only taught but need to be demonstrated by all actors in the life of a school.

The prevalence of unethical behaviour in schools has never been measured before in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, initiated a nationwide research in all levels of education, from preschool to Master’s level, in order to measure the severity and frequency of unethical behaviour. This research was conducted by a highly academic team of ACER led by Dr. Zef Preci, using a mixed methodology with a representative sampling for each level of education nationwide.

As an important actor in education in Albania, the voice in the Southern regions of Albania will add value and increase awareness of this situation. This voice of the South, spoken throughout this research, needs to be heard out loud and in public bringing to the table issues which are important in the education of young citizens in the Southern Regions of Albania.

Please contact us for more information about the research and about participating in this exciting event.

Email: info@marywardloreto.net

Tel: +355 44 500 388

Each 5th of September marks the celebration of Saint Teresa’s Sanctification Day in Albania. Mother Teresa officially became “Saint Teresa of Kolkata” on the 5th of September 2016, which was 19 years to the day after her passing in 1997.

Saint Teresa Sanctification Day is considered a public holiday, which is a highly significant event for the people of Albania.

Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa’s given name was Anjeza Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Mother Teresa held Indian citizenship and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950. For almost 50 years she ministered to the dying, orphaned, sick, and poor in India and also in other countries.

Albanians do not work on this day. While Albania does not have an official religion and considers all religions equal, the people are proud of the legacy that Saint Teresa left as a Catholic nun. On this day, many Albanians attend mass to celebrate Saint Teresa’s memory. They also pray novenas asking for help from the Saint for their problems or causes.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a link of Albania with the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. She became a Loreto nun in 1928 and served in the Loreto mission in India for twenty years before founding her own congregation “The Missionaries of Charity”. Now Mary Ward’s Congregation serves in every continent in the world, mainly through the mission of education and justice, enabling people to reach the potential which they were created to achieve.

Mother Teresa spent 20 years as a Loreto Sister. All through her life the ties and friendship between herself and the Institute remained firm, and she was personally known to many of our sisters, especially in India. Much has been written about Mother Teresa over the years, and many books, films and documentaries have been produced.

For more info please read the booklet of Saint Teresa of Calcutta:

http://www.ibvm.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Mother-Teresa-Booklet-online-viewing-version.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

On the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30th of July 2018, the URAT network together with the office of the National Coordinator for Combatting Human Trafficking  and Bridges, a network of organisations dedicated to the fight against trafficking in human beings, brought the UN Giftbox to Albania, for the 3rd year running. The UN Giftbox is a global initiative of the United Nations in the fight against human trafficking.

The campaign took place at Lancua, in Vlora, with the participation of Minister Rovena Voda, National Co-ordinator of the fight against trafficking. Also present were Mr. Artemis Dralo, Deputy Prime Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives of the URAT network, local anti-trafficking institutions and national and international organisations.

The Giftbox information was translated into Albanian language by the URAT network in Albania, in order to expose fraudulent promises used by traffickers of human beings, as well as exposing the inhumane conditions of trafficking and its consequences. A unique and eye-catching feature of the campaign is the life-sized Giftbox itself, which effectively draws attention and informs the public.

The overall purpose of the campaign is to sensitize people to the risks of trafficking, help vulnerable communities protect themselves from traffickers, and help survivors of trafficking receive the necessary information for re-integration into society.

The Giftbox campaign ran for three days in Vlora, from July 30th to August 1st from 18:00-23:00 daily. On the second day of the Campaign,  two victims of human trafficking were rescued thanks to the direct work of #vatra and 873 people signed the statement #thuajjotrafikimit#Joinedaproach#Bashkemundemi #unitedresponseagainsttrafficking

Overall, this year’s campaign was another fantastic success, thanks to the collaboration and cooperation of each of the agencies who work so hard together toward achieving the common goal of combatting human trafficking and exploitation.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/MaryWardLoreto/

 

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