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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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.

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Mary Ward Loreto, represented by our trainer Zana Guri, attended a training on Story Telling Through Social Media organized by ERSTE Foundation in collaboration with Redbull Amaphiko in Vienna from April 12th-13th.

This experience was a wonderful opportunity to share experience with our colleagues from the Balkans and to collaborate and learn.

Story telling through social media is a hot topic which needs specific attentions and technical knowledge in order to reach audiences and make an impact. Daniel Cronin and Matias Haas were the main trainers that lead the training.

As they said, “Each post that you do on social media tells a story.”

Thank you for being a part of ours.

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 northern region of Albania.

Date: 19 May 2018,

Place: Hotel Rozafa, in Shkodra 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 Northern regions of Albania will add value and increase awareness of this situation. This voice of the North, spoken throughout this research, needs to be heard out loud and in public bringing to the table issues, which you consider important, in the education of young citizens in the Northern Regions of Albania.

Should you be interested to participate, please contact us:


Tel: +355 44 500 388


Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto dhe Ministria e Arsimit, organizon prezantimin e studimit: “Etika në Sistemin Arsimor në Shqipëri”, në zonën e Veriut të Shqipërisë.

Data: 19 Maj 2018

Vendi: Hotel Rozafa, Shkodër

Ora: 10.00 – 13.00 (Regjistrimi fillin ne 9.30)

Të rinjtë kanë nevojë për ndërgjegjësim social dhe moral gjatë arsimimit të tyre, me qëllim që t’i shërbejnë sa më mirë një shoqërie demokratike. Prandaj është e domosdoshme që qytetarët e rinj të përgatiten për jetesën e përbashkët demokratike.  Vlera të tilla nuk jepen vetëm në mësim, por tregohen në zbatim nga të gjithë aktorët në jetën shkollore e universitare.

Mes sfidash të tjera, natyra e sjelljeve joetike në sistemin arsimor është një fushë ende e pa ezauruar në Shqipëri. Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, në bashkëpunim me Ministrinë e Arsimit ndërmori një kërkim shkencor kombëtar në të gjitha nivelet e arsimit që nga kopshti deri në nivel Master, me qëllim matjen e sjelljeve joetike nga të gjithë aktorët: mësuesit, prindërit dhe nxënësit. Kërkimi u realizuar nga një ekip akademik dhe profesionistësh kërkimorë të udhëhequr nga Dr. Zef Preci, duke përdorur metodologji të kombinuar sasiore e cilësore, me një kampionim përfaqësues për secilin nivel arsimimi në gjithë Shqipërinë.

Si një aktor i rëndësishëm në arsimin në Shqipëri, zëri i zonave të veriut të Shqipërisë do të shtojë vlerën dhe do të rrisë ndërgjegjësimin për këtë situatë. Ky zë, i folur përmes këtij hulumtimi, duhet të dëgjohet, duke sjellë në tryezë çështje që ju i konsideroni të rëndësishme, në edukimin e të rinjve në Rajonin e Veriut të Shqipërisë.

Nëse jeni të interesuar të merrni pjesë, ju lutemi na kontaktoni:


Tel: +35544500388


The Arise Foundation and The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation gathered in Tirana, Albania for a two-day training workshop on fundraising for grassroots organizations engaged in anti-slavery work. This workshop covered all aspects of the grant cycle, from researching funders, to proposal writing, to building and maintaining strong relationships with donors.

The 42 participants included RENATE members from Eastern Europe and representatives of many different organizations.

Participants left the workshop with greater confidence in their ability to identify and share their work with potential funders and to write proposals. The participants obtained practice in developing components of good proposals, including log frames and needs statements, received tips and strategies for building funder relationships, and learned key concepts and phrases in anti-slavery funding.

The workshop was led by Forward Motion Strategies’ Managing Director Kate Horner. She has over a decade of experience working with nonprofits on program design, monitoring and evaluation, and grants management.

This workshop gave an excellent opportunity for all organizations to network and share their experiences with fundraising.

We look forward to the collaboration between The Arise Foundation and The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation continuing.


Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), headquartered in the historic city of Alexandria, Virginia, has established itself as one of the leading substance abuse non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the United States. CADCA assists community coalitions by providing the support they need to become stronger, more effective and better able to sustain population-level reductions in substance abuse rates and related problems. Leaders of the CADCA International Organisation visited MWL in February, 2018.  The meeting led to a spirited dialogue related to all of the issues of mutual interest.  We hope that this dialogue will be continued and a partnership for the development of the work will be forged.

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