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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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 southern region of Albania.

Date: 27 October 2018

Place: Hotel Mustafa Event, in Vlora 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 Southern regions of Albania will add value and increase awareness of this situation. This voice of the South, spoken throughout this research, needs to be heard out loud and in public bringing to the table issues which are important in the education of young citizens in the Southern Regions of Albania.

Please contact us for more information about the research and about participating in this exciting event.


Tel: +355 44 500 388

Sister Imelda Poole was made Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition to her service to end modern slavery. 

On 9 June 2018, Sr Imelda Poole, IBVM was made Member of the Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, for her achievements and services to end modern slavery.

She receives this honor as the President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking).

Sister Imelda Poole is a British religious sister who for nearly 10 years has led the RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) network fighting modern slavery across 28 countries in Europe. Through her outstanding leadership, the organisation has made a significant difference in improving religious sisters’ support to victims of human trafficking and strengthened the religious orders’ cooperation with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. She has brought great credit to the UK, and made a significant contribution to the Prime Minister’s objective of eradicating modern slavery. This contribution is in addition to a lifetime of service in support of the most marginalised people in society including Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesbrough in the UK.

On learning of her award Sister Imelda Poole said:

“This is an honour which I accept on behalf of the Female Religious and coworkers who are contributing, through the mission of many international networks such as RENATE, to combating modern day slavery and on behalf of the dedicated staff of Mary Ward Loreto in Albania who are passionate in this same cause. May this award expose even further the terrible crime of human trafficking which, as Pope Francis has declared, is a crime against humanity itself.”

On the announcement of the award, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, said:

“I am delighted to learn that Sr. Imelda Poole has been awarded this honour by Her Majesty The Queen.

It is well-deserved recognition of Sr. Imelda’s outstanding service in combatting human trafficking and modern slavery, through the European religious sisters’ anti-trafficking network RENATE which she leads, and through and Talitha Kum, the religious sisters’ worldwide anti-trafficking network.

 Sister Imelda is a key ally in Her Majesty’s Government’s campaign to eradicate modern slavery. It is wonderful to see such a distinguished friend of this Embassy honoured in this way.”


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Sister Imelda Poole, a British Loreto nun (IBVM), has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours 2018, for her achievements and services to end modern slavery.

Posted by Vatican News on Sunday, 10 June 2018



Patty Stein: MWL Development Officer

I am from the United States, a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) with a degree in Nonprofit Organization Management, and one of the most recent additions to the MWL Foundation Team as the Development Officer.

I moved to Tirana in February after graduating in December and am living here with my sister, her Albanian husband, and their 3 kids.

It has been a whirlwind of a few months here at MWL and I’d love to share with you why I love working for this foundation, what I’ve been up to, and where we are headed.

As the Development Officer at MWL, my job is to communicate what we do as an organization and ease the tension of funding so that the staff can focus on their projects and doing what they do best.

With this team as my lifeguards, I have jumped into the deep end and been completely submerged in the work we do all across Albania. I’ve visited communities of our Women’s project, attended the Education Conference in Shkodra, been involved in meetings, networking events, and was able to attend the staff training week in April.

To say the least, the work that MWL is doing is extraordinary.

I’m blown away by the passion and the drive that the staff possess and bring to work every day.

We recently wrapped up another 6 months in our work year and one of my first tasks was to put together our 6 month report. It is now available on our website, here . Please take the time to have a look and see not only where we have been but also where we are going and what dreams we have for our programs.

This is the part where I come in. As you can see from our 6 month report, our projects are needed; to best serve the people of Albania and fight human trafficking, they need to be allowed to stretch and grow.

In order for this to happen, we need to grow our funder base and seek out more funding opportunities. Until now, these ventures have been difficult to achieve simply because of how much work there is to do and how busy the existing staff already is. Since bringing me aboard, I’ve been able to give some relief to the staff, allowing them to focus on their projects while I focus on how we will fund them.

I have been eagerly putting together a new fundraising plan with a fresh perspective on where we are headed and where we hope to be in the coming year.

As we said in our 6 month report, this 5th anniversary year is a very exciting time to get involved with Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. We are reaching more people than ever and we have big plans for the coming year.

Can you help us reach our goals?

Have questions about the coming year and how you can get involved?

Reach out to me directly and let’s talk about how we are “Seeking Truth, Doing Justice” and “Referring all things to God” as Mary Ward once said and how you can be a part of what we hope is our best year yet.


MWL Six Month Report, June 2018.

Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking.

It is an exciting time to be involved with Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. Our last 6 months has seen much progress and momentum toward our mission of combating human trafficking by eradicating poverty through implementation of justice, education, grassroots actions, and systemic change…..

Please click here to read the  MWL Six Month Report, June 2018.


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.


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