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.

As we know this is the fifth year of the MWL Foundation in Albania. During these years we have encountered big challenges and especially the fact that Albania has a population experiencing years of transition. This is not easy. The mission of the MWL Foundation is wide-ranging and includes tackling problems which are blocking change in Albania in the movement towards growth and new life.

The MWL focus is to stop the phenomenon of trafficking by helping people to realise their potential and the values and talents which they have through economic and social empowerment. Being the first Foundation to deal with the broader work in rural and vulnerable areas of the country, it has taken much hard work and, of course, more funding. Our geographic extent has also had a great impact, especially in the vulnerable and isolated areas of the country. This is a potential that has made us closer to these people through inclusive projects that have influenced the integration and strengthening of our focus groups. Collaboration and partnerships have been welded with many and this has helped MWL in the work to eliminate human trafficking in Albania. This needs to be further consolidated to reach an even better result in this focused work of the MWL mission.

Challenges faced that have been part of this journey have been: the registration process, coping with failures of the state, the challenge of funding and domestic donors, the work to achieve cooperation with the local authorities, finding the right partnerships, the country’s culture, geography, lack of education and the isolation in the rural areas. Despite all of these challenges and because of the excellence achieved by this foundation and the strength of the team, MWL has taken the risk to develop the work even further. It is hoped that in the following years Albania will alleviate poverty where they work and Human Trafficking will be a phenomenon of history.