Albania Mission Against
Human Trafficking

Women's Project harvesting beans in Kallmet

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.

 

 

Many different organisations, committed  to working against trafficking in persons, unite in a joint declaration to bring attention to this subject. They call on governments and civic organisations to unite and to increase their commitment to reduce this crime, especially among the migrant population, asylum seekers and refugees who are the in most  vulnerable situations and among the principal groups subjected to trafficking in persons.

Please find the texts and banners in five languages:  Italian and English.

We invite you to:

  • read the declaration and publish it on social media;
  • publish the banner on Facebook;
  • dedicate a time of prayer, or a minute of silence to remember the victims of trafficking . If you wish you can download the prayer from the website of the world day of prayer and reflection against trafficking, which is available in different languages at the site http://preghieracontrotratta.org/;
  • send this declaration to other governmental and non-governmental organisations in your country who are also committed to anti-trafficking.

Please click here for full information: http://www.talithakum.info/news/84/world-day-against-trafficking-in-persons-july-30-2017

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Sr. Gabriella Bottani.

Coordinator Talitha Kum.

 

 

 

On 29-30 June, the Mary Ward Loreto Women Social Worker of Tropoja attended a training in Vienna with ERSTE Foundation, for “Sales Psychology in NGO-s: Selling between mission and marketing”.

Nowadays, NGOs are more and more forced to negotiate with donors, “sell” their mission and their services and products to the different stakeholder groups or even to run a kind of a retail business. Therefore NGOs have to develop selling strategies according to the theoretical knowledge from psychology and sociology. This requirement becomes especially clear, if for instance the NGO runs a business where products made by beneficiaries are sold to customers – either in a permanent store or at occasional events. The aim of the workshop was to introduce principles of sales psychology and to train sales conversations using practical examples from the participants´ working areas. This was by means of role plays and be presenting  the sales situations which were displayed and analyzed.

The participants of the workshop should had a basic and/or critical interest in talking about selling and sales in general and have some experience in marketing-related tasks within the organization. They were very active during the 2 days of training.

The participants in the workshop experienced and discussed the various sales techniques. We learned to develop an ideal sales pitch for our NGO´s products and services or aim to bring our personal selling practices to perfection or merely check if we get some good arguments for our NGO´s marketing, to rethink the resentments towards marketing and sales.

The leader of the workshop was Renate Buber, who was Professor and deputy head of the Institute of Nonprofit Management at WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and academic director of the Professional MBA-Programme Social Management at the Executive Academy of WU Wien.

With theoretical and practical techniques, she effectively involved all the participants from different Balkan countries. For me it was a succesful workshop. I presented to the participants in general, the work of MWL with the beneficiaries(MWL Projects), and specifically the work that is done in the field for women empowerment(MWLW Project). During the training, we all presented various craft products produced. The MWLW Tropoja women’s paper jewellery and jewellery were liked and highly valued.

Prepared by: Lulzime Gjyriqi

 

Last week, July 14, Mary Ward Loreto Women organized a “Day Out” with the group of Tropoja, in the most beautiful part of the area, called “Ujevara e Valbones”.  This socializing activity was to build a bond and deeper cooperation in the group. The group visited the “Albania Souvenir Shop” where their colleague explained about its operation and the sales of their products. They shared the challenges and prospects for the future. At lunchtime the women and girls followed the rhythm of dance expressing their love for the beauty of the area.  After lunch they climbed to the areas most beautiful landmark called “Ujevara Valbona”. “This was like a “mountaineering “, and unforgettable experience,” they expressed after they had returned home.

           

The camp lasted three days which included information about girls health, where girls had the chance to discuss openly about the health concerns of their age group which doesn’t happen very often. A major part of the summer camp’s  agenda included awareness against human trafficking and safe migration, since the age-group present was 5-17 and most of them plan to study abroad. They were reminded about being careful as to who they trust and befriend  in everyday life. Anyone can be a possible trafficker. The camp was organized so that the girls could have fun, play, swim but as well have the opportunity to learn self-defense techniques explained by Peace Corps Volunteers. This was also a fun time. Twelve young girls attended the camp which was organized jointly by Mary Ward Loreto and Peace Corps Volunteers.

30 July 2017 – World Day against Trafficking in Persons. In 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The UN declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

In 2014, at a General Congregation, held in Loyola, Spain, the IBVM made a commitment to work to end Trafficking in Persons. Make 30 July, 2017 a day to renew our personal commitment and take action.

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