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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The RENATE Working Board members and staff, gathered at the Mount St. Joseph Retreat House, in Mosta, Malta.  It was a week of facilitated review, reflection, sharing of best practice and bonding. It was a week of work where daily Mass and specially/ prepared Liturgies served to give perspective and anchor us in our work.

Full report available at: RENATE Annual Working Board meeting, 6-11 November, 2017. St. Joseph’s Retreat Centre, Malta.

On 25th of October, in the framework of the Month of Anti-Trafficking of Human Beings, the Caritas Dioqezan Tirana-Durres, in cooperation with the Albanian Caritas, the Tirana Youth Center and the Harry Fultz Institute, organized an awareness raising activity against trafficking in human beings.

Mons. George Frendo O.P., Metropolitan Archbishop of Tirana-Durrës, in his introductory speech brought some real stories to victims of trafficking giving the united message to fight this phenomenon. Representatives from the Tirana Prefecture also spoke of the  importance of these awareness-raising activities for all but especially the young people. He also spoke of the importance for cooperation of all actors and partners to combat this phenomenon.

This activity was designed as a performance with artistic works by young people, such as recitation, essays and projections. Each of the hosts sent a message against domestic violence, emigration and a powerful message against this wound not only to Albanian society but across the globe, with the title: Love does not kill.

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.

On 29th of September at Don Bosko Centre in Tirana, 40 youngsters from Puka and Lushnja celebrated their first success on the journey to becoming leaders. They were provided with certificates which testify their commitment to the project activities including:

  • Six Human Development trainings: Job search, Human Anti-trafficking, Communication Skills, Mental and Emotional Health, Different and Equal and Learning Entrepreneurship;
  • Vocational Training Course;
  • Work Experience;
  • Voluntary Activities;
  • Social and Recreational Group Activity;

On this day MWL Foundation organized an event to say a huge thank you to them for the trust that they have shown in themselves and through their commitment to the MWL Youth Program. This event was characterized by joy and enthusiasm which was the most important achievement for these youngsters when 12 months before they had no idea what to do with their lives. Now they are writing their stories of hope, joy and freedom. On this happy moment day MWL President, Imelda Poole, MWL Youth Project manager Gazmir Memaj, Head of Mobile Unit of Regional Directorate of Public Vocational Training, Arben Sinoimeri and 2 key workers in Lushnje and Puka, Shahin Petritaj and Ilirjan Lleshi were present and delivered the certificates. These youngsters are now ready to fly, 50% are employed already and they are changing their communities.

 

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