The project, Mary Ward’s Women, one of the first projects managed by Mary Ward Loreto under the leadership of Ana Stakaj, is proving to be very successful. Having developed this project from its beginning it employed two more workers over the last two years when it was under the management of SHKEJ. This led to an initiative in the north led by Irena Kraja which successfully opened up a market for the selling of the women’s handmade embroidered cards and the selling of sage. When MWW moved under the management of MWL, in January, 2013, an MWL office was set up in the locality of Hot I Ri for the MWW worker, Irena Kraja, to oversee all of these wonderful developments. Now through the newly successful development of groups in the south and the north, MWL offices are being founded in Fier and Shendilli in the south, and in Breglumas on the periphery of Tirana. This has led to a growing need for more workers, social psychologists, to spear head these initiatives. In early February short lists were drawn up and two new full time workers were appointed to work in Fier and Shendili. We are thrilled to welcome them on to the Mary Ward Loreto staff and into the team of Mary Ward Women. New offices have been found during this month and they are being refurbished to welcome the new workers in mid March. Breglumas also has a new office within the buildings owned by the Dominican sisters. The MWW worker in Breglumas, Arta Zeqiri, is very happy to work in collaboration with the sisters for the development of the work with the women, in this heavily populated migrant region on the edge of Tirana.
It has also been an exciting initiative over this time, to work with The Medaille Trust. Over the last couple of months there has been exchanges from MWL to the UK to visit the shelters and the staff of the Medaille Trust, including Mike Emberson, the Manager of the Projects for the Medaille and some other staff, have been to Albania, to make a joint discernment as to how we can work together. The decision reached was that the partnership between the Medaille Trust and the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation would focus on the new work being developed in Shendili. The contract between the two NGOs will be signed in March.