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.

Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking

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During the month of November, the youth project launched a human development training with young people. The theme was: ‘’Self-perception and the impact of social media’’.

The first trainings were held in Burrel, Librazhd and Kucove. All the young participants were happy to receive this training and the information provided. They live in a time when technology and especially social networks take up most of their day and it is a key factor determining the development of personality and character for them. In this training, young people were offered an alternative, seeing social media from a wider point of view, emphasizing its impact on how they see themselves in society and how they perceive themselves through social networks. It involved self-awareness training and choice making.

A Report from Imelda Poole IBVM who presented at the Anti Trafficking Conference, 175th Jubilee Celebrations of the IBVM Indian Province.

India had always been a country I had been drawn to go to on mission and I had volunteered many years ago.  Now many years later here I am in a small part of the NE of India, impacted in a way I could never have imagined. The huge numbers of people, the noises, the smells and the dire poverty was the first explosion on my psyche that first afternoon travelling from the airport in Kolkata to Loreto House right in the middle of the city.

I was just one night in Kolkata at Loreto House, where I experienced wonderful hospitality and then I returned to the airport.  The journey to the airport, once again left a huge impact. I witnessed many people inside walled latrines performing their morning ablutions on the sides of the streets. Private wash places, I soon discovered, was a luxury in most places where I visited. A huge number of street vendors were cooking for the day and the aromas were mouth-watering at every turn of corner. The streets were buzzing with a million rickshaws, small motors, market sellers and hundreds of tiny kiosks. These filled every nook and cranny and sold everything you would ever want to buy. The cows meandered through it all.

My first stay after Kolkata was in Ranchi where there is a Loreto school and where the cultural welcome included felicitations with flowers scattered over us, a washing of hands and a garland laid across my neck.  This ritual was repeated so many times during my wonderful stay in this beautiful place. Please click here to read the full report.

Click here to hear RENATE President, Imelda Poole, speak about the role of NGOs and CSOs in addressing the Mary Ward Loreto Conference on Anti-Human Trafficking.

In the framework of anti –trafficking awareness month Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project, operating in Tropoja organized an awareness meeting with 35 pupils in school “Ali Podrimja”, B.curr.

The participants were informed about trafficking, risks, types of trafficking, identification and addressing potential risks to would-be victims. The youngsters made artistic works such as paintings and essays which followed the message saying:  ‘Stop Trafficking in Human Beings’.


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