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 Youth Support

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Ten young people were involved by distributing information leaflets on the risk of trafficking and exploitation and increasing people’s awareness of the numbers to call to report to the state police in the case of identifying a potential victim of trafficking or exploitation.

The young people were very engaged in this campaign, very responsive in communication with the people, and received many congratulations from them for this initiative.

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On June 21st an Anti-Trafficking Training at Kuçova Youth Center was conducted. The 26 young people who participated in this training were informed about the phenomenon of trafficking and modern slavery.

During the training there was great interaction and the young people were really interested in the subject, participating very well in the exercises. After a great session, the students asked us to visit them again to give more training in the future.

On 22nd of May, the National Assembly of the National Network for Young People in Albania held a meeting for the presentation and voting of the leading candidates and organizations nominated for the Albanian National Youth Network (ANYN), where the MWL youth project was one of the candidates.

After the presentation of each candidate and organization, voting was held. In these elections, around 55 youth organizations from all over Albania participate.

We are delighted that MWL Youth was selected as one of the organizations that will lead the ANYN committee. The Leading Committee is composed of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and 5 Youth Organizations, among them MWL Youth, represented by Artemisa Aliaj.

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.

On 11th of April, the MWL Youth Leadership Program met in Lagje Miredita, Durres. Our leaders of this program met with a trainer and had developed a workshop on bullying and human rights, and what an amazing workshop it was!

These bright and enthusiastic leaders had the courage to open up and share their personal experiences. Helping them identify emotions, thoughts, and behaviors surrounding this phenomenon was very positive.

This workshop empowered them to take action.

As a result of this they will organize a meeting in the youth center with parents of the community in Lagje Miredita to raise awareness of these issues and talk about the importance of helping each other.

MWL Youth is proud to work with this exceptional group of young people and looks forward to the great things to come!

Human Development Trainings.

The MWL Youth Leadership Program has been as busy as ever!

The end of this school year is upon us and we are working hard to expand our reach across Albania. Our most recent trainings have taken us to Elbasan, Fier, Lezha, Himara, Kruja, Shkodra, and Kelcyra.

Trainings have been in two areas:

Social media and self-perception among young people and Critical thinking and decision making.

These 2 topics are closely related and have given us amazing insights to the vulnerable youth in these areas.

Their commitments to the discussion were wonderful, once again showing us the importance of open discussion for this phenomenon.

Thank you to all participants!

Training on “Different and Equal Training”.

On May 4th, focus groups of 40 youth were gathered in Durres to take part in a training titled “Different and Equal.” Youth from Lushnja, Rresheni, and Puka spent the day together thinking and reflecting on stereotypes, prejudices, and discrimination.

How do stereotypes and prejudice affect me? What keeps me from reaching my potential? Where does discrimination happen?  What can I do to empower myself and help my community?

These were some of the question that characterized discussion that day. Each participant had the opportunity to recall times when they had been in the position of both an outsider and an insider.

The MWL Youth Program is proud to have offered this very energized and dynamic training and thank all of those who attended!

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