Welcome to MWL 4th Newsletter
It is hot in Albania and soon the schools will be closed. As the weather changes so do the activities of the different MWL projects. Summer in the tourist parts of Albania means the opening of the tourist market for selling the handmade crafts of the MWL women’s group. The MWL youth continue to work towards their goal of gaining employment but make time for summer days out together.
The MWL National Education project is preparing the instruments for the National Research of the education system in Albania whilst the MWL Men’s project research is now completed and already some surprises are being revealed about the situation and the perspectives of the men in Albania. This project is also faithful to its weekly sessions in one of the men’s prisons and soon this will be extended to the women’s prison where 7 female traffickers have recently been convicted.
Since the last newsletter in March, the trafficking situation and the vulnerability of so many in Albania through poverty, corruption, and much loss of hope, means that MWL has a massive task staying hopeful. We need to empower our beneficiaries to feel this way, too. It is becoming increasingly clear that MWL is being called to train leaders amongst the youth who are the future and hope for Albania.
This new initiative will begin in October, 2016. It is important we stay open to transformative change and the challenge which this brings to us all. Meantime it will soon be time to take a well-earned break. We wish all our readers, beneficiaries and partners a safe and happy holiday.
Imelda Poole (President MWL)