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.
Last week, May 4 – 8 the staff of Mary Ward Loreto were in Durres for the staff retreat. We had a wonderful and unforgettable time!
During the first three days we experienced Capcitar techniques. CF www.capacitar.org we were led by Marj McDaid.These sessions helped us to become relaxed and quiet.
The last two days were spent discussing the internal rules, Code of conduct, and our Policies such as child Protection, health and safety, volunteering and employment .We were facilitated in this work by Fatmir and Edlira Gjoni, founders of the NGO Mirness. The aim was to produce a framework, by the end of the two days, for the writing of these documents for Mary Ward Loreto. These will be our guideline for the future. The goals were achieved after much hard work. Continue reading “Mary Ward Loreto Staff Retreat May 4 – 8 2015” »
“Far below the surface of the ocean, a soft bodied creature with a single eye, unruly tentacles and a strong outer shell knows what it takes to embrace change. The chambered nautilus has survived for 400 million years. It continues to thrive to this day by jet propelling itself into the unknown. It has navigated ancient seas and changing currents by building an ever-expanding shell in which it lives. Over time, as it grows, it builds a new, larger chamber and vacates the previous one. It always lives in the newest chamber. The other vacated chambers are individually sealed and injected with varying amounts of gas that allow the nautilus to regulate its buoyancy and movement. Past chambers help the creature stay afloat.” (Information, the Bulletin of the Religious Formation Institute, 21, 4, Winter 2012
In 2014 Mary Ward Loreto, in a fast and challenging way, has cast off its first chamber and has taken the risk to step out into the unknown and to allow new chambers to grow out of the strong foundation created in 2013. From just four staff in its beginning two years ago, there are now 17 staff and many volunteers. The charism and ethic of Mary Ward has been the force and energy penetrating the structure and each member. This has given the body a strong focus and a way forward with the principles of Freedom, Justice, and Sincerity rooting steadily in each person and in each project as it emerges in its implementation. Continue reading “Mary Ward Loreto Annual Report 2014” »
Mary Ward Loreto & URAT Anti-Trafficking Awareness-raising Project in Albania. Since 2014, the New Project URAT in Albania, has led more than forty awareness-raising training seminars on human trafficking. Managed and funded by the NGO Mary Ward Loreto in Albania, the project is a collaboration with several other organisations present in Albania, e.g. the Peace Corps, the NGO Different and Equal, the IRCA (Institute of Romani Culture in Albania and De Nobi Te Gruas Shqiptare. The project focused primarily on those who are socially and economically marginalised, the most vulnerable in Albania, who need protection against different forms of exploitation, including human trafficking. (Written by Anne Kelleher )