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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A training session took place in Kallmet with 28 High school students on HIV/AIDS. The meeting was organized jointly with the Peace Corps Health Volunteer. A video was shown for the students about the ways this disease is transmitted and the preventative measures which the youth can follow to protect themselves. In Albania the most affected age-group by HIV/AIDS is the age group between 30-40 years old. The majority of reported HIV cases were acquired outside of Albania. Albania has this ongoing phenomena of emigration and people who are not aware of the risks of this virus are always at risk because of their sexual behaviour. Therefore the students were advised of the risks especially among the sexually active population. Every region in Albania has a free HIV testing centres which provide free testing and keeps the confidentiality of the people who present for such service.

A test was made at the end of the session to evaluate the information that the students had acquired during the session on HIV/AIDS.

 

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’.

 

In the framework of anti –trafficking awareness month Mary Wad Loreto Women’s Project, operating in Lezhe and jointly with Regional Directory of Social Services, organized an awareness meeting with Roma youth studying at the “Saint Mary” Youth Centre in Lezhe. During the meeting human trafficking was explained, types of human trafficking and who are the target groups at high risk of being trafficked. The discussion focussed a lot on “Saying No” to the marriages at a very young age since this is quite an evident phenomenon for this category of population. Emphasis was put on the need to continue their education in order to be able to overcome the obstacles and risks faced during a life-time.

A group of 20 youngsters’, boys and girls, engaged in writing messages against human trafficking. There is quite a high need in working with the parents of these children to avoid the marriages which they arrange for their children at a very young age. The meeting finished with a video on human trafficking and the exploitation of a Roma child begging on the streets. The aim will be to follow up these awareness meetings with Roma parents.

Mary Ward Loreto attended a meeting with local partners: representatives from the Municipality of Bajram Cyrri, the Education Directorate, The Community School “Ali Podrimja”, representatives from the Police, the Directorate of Public Health and local NGO-s.

The aim of the meeting was to identify the key problems facing the city of Bajram Cyrri and to strengthen the cooperation between all the key stakeholders. The participants discussed the up-coming anti-trafficking month and the coordination of activities during this time.

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.

 

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