Mary Ward Loreto: Mission, Vision and Values


Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (MWL) is a non-profit organization providing development programmes for vulnerable communities in Albania. This organization has as its inspiration the charism of Mary Ward. The core values of Mary Ward Loreto are FREEDOM, JUSTICE and SINCERITY and are derived from the philosophy of Mary Ward a 16th century English woman who was the Foundress of an international religious congregation. The focus of all of the work of Mary Ward Loreto is related to the work against human trafficking. The organization forms partnerships and networks, working with 10 main groups; women in rural and informal regions of Albania, direct action with victims of trafficking, groups from all over Albania raising awareness with those who are vulnerable to being trafficked, Roma children, vulnerable youth, men in poverty, European Network Against Trafficking, pastoral support in prisons and the education project. The board is comprised of highly professional members of the community serving to steer the activities of the organization towards the fulfilment of the mission of the organization. The staff is mostly young, remarkably enthusiastic and constantly learning in order to complete the complex and demanding tasks of each and every activity in the highest possible standards.


Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is planting hope with a human rights approach to combat modern day slavery. This challenging mission is implemented through works of justice, education, grassroots action and systemic change. The call is to eradicate poverty, the prime cause of human trafficking.


The vision of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is based on the charism of Mary Ward which inspires people to reach their full potential. Mary Ward Loreto will be known, in the local situation, for strong advocacy, operational excellence and will take the initiative to enable vulnerable populations to discover their value through human and economic empowerment. Networking, collaboration and partnerships in Albania and across borders is the key to the accomplishment of the MWL mission. This will end human trafficking, a modern day slavery.


Freedom, Justice, Truth, Hope and Joy.

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