United Response Against Trafficking(URAT) is a network involving several NGOs, and Religious Congregations. The NGOs are Peace Corps, Different and Equal, SHKEJ, IRCA and Mary Ward Loreto. The Religious Congregations are: Good Shepherd, Company of Mary, Little Sisters of Jesus and IBVM(Loreto). This network has been the organizers of the UN Gift Box Campaign in Albania in collaboration with the Albanian Ministry of the Interior and STOP THE TRAFFIK, UK.
Pictures from UN.GIFT Box in Durres (at the Municipality), from the first four hours of its opening this campaign has reach out to many people. Come and join us in this exciting event! We’ll be there until the 2nd of August. The official Launching Day will be on July 30th at 10:00 am.#stophumantrafficking #ungiftboxalbania. Click here to read more…
18th October, 2015, European Anti-Human Trafficking Day
In European Day against Trafficking in Persons, Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in Albania joined the awareness march organized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Fight against Trafficking in Persons.
TOGETHER AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS.
European Day of Human Anti trafficking Events
Ending Modern Slavery: everyone has a role and everyone can help prevention!
On the European Day Against Human Trafficking, October 18th, activities took place with the MWL Women’s groups, in Tropoja, Hot i Ri, Kallmet, Fier, and Shendelli. Men joined the activities as well, joining in with their role in prevention and combating Modern Day Slavery. These activities consisted of awareness raising on the phenomena of human trafficking, training on identification of potential victims, how to avoid risk, prayers for the victims and round table discussions. The national helpline number for reporting potential human trafficking cases was distributed to many as part of the campaigns. The 128 participants realised the necessity to learn more about this phenomena which puts the safety of their children at risk. Continue Reading: European Day of Human Anti trafficking Events
The beginning of December opened after a brilliant four days holiday celebrating Independence Day in Albania. Albania had been freed from the hands of the Turks just 101 years ago. During that time Sally and I visited Kruje with Pjeter Tanushaj, our logistics officer. Kruje is the seat of the hero warrior of Albania, Kastrioti Skandenbeu. We had a happy holiday which also included a trip to the opera house, for two great nights, to listen to the Maria Kraja performers compete for the best singer of the year. It was brilliant. Sally Keeley continued to stay with us until December 17th so there was a great deal of activity for all of the workers, as the different training programmes gradually unfolded. We were sorry to see Sally go after a such a good time of wonderful conversation and an invaluable experience for all of the workers.
During this time we also welcomed the British Ambassador who asked to come to Mary Ward Loreto to experience something of our work. We were very proud to welcome Nicholas Cannon at this time. He loved meeting all of the staff and having the chance for personal conversation with so many of them. They discussed the work and their dreams for the future.
Imelda Poole IBVM (Loreto) and Ana Stakaj welcoming Nicholas Cannon, the British Ambassador in Albania, to the Foundation offices of Mary Ward Loreto
In the Meeting Room with some of the Staff of Mary Ward Loreto
Ana Stakaj and Irena Kraja discussing the work of Mary Ward’s Women with Nicholas Cannon
Great progress was made during this time with the project URAT. All the marketing materials were produced by the end of this month, in readiness for the training programmes against trafficking in human persons, to take place in 40 areas of Albania in 2014.
Below are some examples of these training materials, Besides these the team leading this project will use a photonovello, posters, questionaires etc etc.
The Think Tank Education Albania is also moving along at a pace and as we speak they are finalising the questionnaires to be used in the research, planned in the New Year.
The Mary Ward Loreto Board meeting met again in December to finalise all the legal requirements for the change of address for the Foundation and also to register the Board in the courts. We now have a new member who has replaced Estela Bulku who had to resign in November due to conflict of interest. She has been promoted to UN status. We congratulate Estela and welcome Zef Gjeta as the new member of the Board. He is an agriconomist and works at the university of Tirana at the college of agriculture and also works in the field advising farmers on new developments. Zef is an advisor for the project Mary Ward’s Women. We are glad to welcome him into this group.
Many meetings took place this month, as for some of the projects, it is the end of a financial year and so there were many reviews of work and closures of this years finance accounting.
We ended the year with a great night out at a restaurant called Dy Luani (Two Lions) which also had the added extra of a local music group which meant that besides eating and having good conversation we also had a night of music and dancing. It was a great end to the year. The pictures say it all!
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to all our friends around the world and to all those who might read this news. We hope you have a very merry time and that the New Year brings much peace and many blessings.