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 Women Project

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Suicide is a preventable cause of premature death, influenced by psychosocial, cultural, and environmental risk factors.   MWLW in Tropoja organized an informative session with the group of young girls in Raja. Adolescence is the age of great change and the stage of identity creation. This change may be one of the causes that lead young people into attempt suicide.   The sessions discussed the importance of seeking help from professionals and addressing problems to prevent suicidal actions. These problems could be within their family role, school and teachers, or the development of their social circle.

MWL continues the tradition of summer camp every year in Raja, in Tropoja. MWL, in collaboration with “Operazione Colomba’ Organization, led activities with the children and young people of the community.

The title of the summer camp, “Everyone can be a hero”, aims to increase the self-esteem of the children and encourage them in their role of being “agents of change” in the community. One of the activities was “Empowering through Art”, led by the MWL Social Worker. The children had the opportunity to explore their feelings and thoughts through drawing, colors, and carvings. They had fun while learning to work together in a group.


To mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, 30th of July, Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project which operate in Lezha city, and State Regional Directory staff of Social Services joined together in an awareness raising activity against Trafficking in Persons.

During this campaign, we shared information about this phenomenon, with parents, children, and Roma community where the exploitation of children is the biggest concern.

No one, alone can stop this international crime, neither the police, nor the state structures if the communities do not cooperate and collaborate; therefore, we consider it crucial that all actors should come together against this terrible crime. Together we can fight and stop Human Trafficking.

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The MWLW Hot I Ri group has come together and collaborated on the development of social and economic activities. Women gather daily at the MWL Center. The women work with postcards and candle making while caring for their social health, collectively, and supporting each other.

The women have also been reflecting on new perspectives and ideas for initiating economic activities. They want to learn and practice new skills that will help them not only in capacity building but also in providing more income for their families. Production of fragrant artisanal soap products is being considered as a very interesting opportunity  for the women to pursue with the support of MWL. To continue to do good things, we often have to stop, reflect, and analyze. Only then can we “grow up”!

“Meeting with Psychologists of Kukes Region (Tropoja, Kukes, Has) and “Psychologist’s Order for the North” Lule

Institution building and information is a direct indicator of increasing the quality of service to the community, so MWL considers this a very important investment of our efforts. This was also the initiative of close collaboration of MWL with The Order of Psychologists in the region of Shkodra.

On June 14, in the city of Bajram Curri, an informative meeting was organized with the District psychologists. There are 15 psychologists in Kukes, Has and Tropoja, from various institutions including DAR (Regional Educational Directorate), ZA (Educational Offices), DSHP, Police etc.

In this meeting there was discussion of the licensing procedures in the Psychologist’s Order, the professional practices, and the difficulties that the psychologists of the area experience in receiving institutional support and representation from the Order. It also addressed the importance of increasing the quality and ethics in the services offered  to public institutions.

We have very good news from Saranda, where the past month has seen the progress of a very important initiative. The summer season is open and “opened” are the opportunities for the MWLW group from Shendelli, to sell their hand-crafted products in Butrint Park in Saranda. Seventeen women of this community have worked very hard to be ready to present their beautiful crafts: jewelry, bags, clothing, and souvenirs in the market. They are happy for this opportunity because it allows them to bring more money home for their families.

Thank you so much to the Director of the Park In Butrint for the support of the project. We are open for business so please come and see our beautiful crafts!

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