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 Latest Happenings

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’.

 

The Service Learning Training Week in central and Eastern Europe, including the Conference and the TOT, took place from 2nd  – 6th  of October 2017 in Sarajevo. This was a wonderful opportunity to further improve our knowledge and to network with colleagues from the region and it was a great experience for moving more deeply into how to apply a real Service Learning project in a community context. The conference and training was led by experts of Service Learning from CLAYSS and MIOS  from Tuzla. Service Learning is an innovative pedagogy that employs a holistic approach to encourage the development of relevant competencies. This is a response to both the educational challenges of the 21-st century and the needs of local communities.  This week of conference, partners meeting and TOT, served to recognize and enhance comprehension of regional peculiarities and what brings us together.

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation staff and pedagogical staff from Rogationist’s School in Lezhe are now ready to initiate the implementation of the project. The steps have been agreed and we are eager to take this new initiative forward. The aim is to promote a new innovative pedagogical method in enabling students to be not only successful students into the future but also to prepare them as agents leading to social change.

To mark the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, October 18, 2017, Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with other NGO`S, the Office of the National Coordinator for Fight Against Trafficking in Persons, Institutions, URAT Network and Ministry of Interior will organize awareness-raising activities against trafficking of  human beings. The activities will take place in Tropoja, Puka, Shkodra, Lezha, Tirana, Lushnja and Këlcyra.

Planned activities:

  • A joint calendar of activities coordinated with the Ministry of Interior;
  • Awareness raising with schools;
  • Meetings with parents;
  • Training with 9 school psychologists;
  • TOT – a group of students training their co-workers on the fight against trafficking of human beings;
  • Awareness-raising Activity with all partners and the above mentioned cities, on 18th of October;

The main purpose is to raise awareness on trafficking in human beings and increase the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices amongst the different actors working in this field. Each year, MWL organizes events to mark this day. MWL invites all actors working against human trafficking to join us in activities towards the elimination of trafficking in human beings.

 

Sasha Jesperson and Anne-Marie Barry, two young ladies working against Modern Slavery and anti-trafficking, are collecting data from different countries,identified as hot spots connected with trafficking, in order to do a research in collaboration with the UK government. They choose to come to Albania and have meetings with governmental institutions and other partners who work against human trafficking. They chose to have a meeting with the staff of MWL to discuss the problems and issues related to human trafficking.  MWL was represented by Aferdita Gjoni, Gazmir Memaj and Alfred Matoshi. They gave a overall presentation of the mission of MWL within all the projects, and how  the Foundation leads awareness raising campaigns against human trafficking and leads prevention programmes leading to practical solutions for vulnerable peoples in poverty and in crisis situations.

The team of MWL expressed the reality and the background of  the Albanian victims, the source of trafficking, profiles of traffickers and a lot of more detailed information which was appreciated and valued as useful by Sasha and Anne-Marie for their research. They visited the MWL  Women’s Advice Centre in Tirana where they met MWL staff psychologist and social worker, Irena Kraja and Arveda Baholli who work at the centre. There was an opportunity to share with the visitors the way in which MWL works in this advice centre working with crisis cases and emergency needs in collaboration with our partners and Governmental institutions. After this visit to the advice centre they were invited to join the team for a meal, which gave us opportunities to share more experiences in an informal and friendly environment.

 

MWL Fier in cooperation with the Peace Corps Fier volunteer, organized three days of a summer camp with young girls. Topics covered in this camp were: the Fight against Human Trafficking, Leadership and Communication Skills as well as mental health, stress and depression. These were particularly related to young people. During these activities, the girls also engaged in various energizing games or in cooking delicious biscuits. The girls had 3 days of intensive interaction with each other. This activity made it possible to discover most valuable information about them through these socializing activities. They expressed the desire to have more similar activities especially during the summer vacation period. 12 young girls participated in this summer camp.