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.
The group of young people are attending a vocational course to become cooks offered by Kitchen Courses AA. They are preparing to enter the work force, so it is vital for them to be aware of ethical rules at work, work relations, and how important it is to continue to invest in themselves, considering the work force is very difficult.
This is an initiative undertaken by Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project and the Kitchen Courses AA to prepare this group of youth for employment. Students were encouraged to set goals for personal development in order to reach their full potential as professionals as well as human beings.
A very important training was held in Bajram Curri, on 27th of February organized by Mary Ward Loreto Foundation.
In Albanian society, property issues in the perspective of gender are never discussed. The patriarchal society has dictated the gender roles, and that all property belongs to men.
35 women and girls, participating in MWLW Project Programs, were part of the training “Women’s Rights in Property”. They received information about their family property rights, rights that are equal to those of the family of their husbands.
Raising awareness, skills, and capacity of women is revealing their integrity and empowering their role in society.
Having a family member with a terminal disease is devastating for a family living in poverty. Many stories like this have been brought to the Mary Ward Loreto Women Advice Center of Tirana (ACT). These cases are mainly referred to us by our partner, Sue Ryder Albania Association, an NGO that supports people through the most difficult times of their lives, giving people the compassion and expert care they need.
The disease causes stress and fatigue among family members. In some cases, the members of the family have doubts about the diagnosis, unwilling to accept the truth, or families choose not to tell the truth about the disease, thinking it will perpetuate psychological and other health problems. The costs of medical treatment are unaffordable and become a source of psychosocial and economic problems and imbalance for the patient and their family.
Patients can lose their jobs, responsibilities, and this inability to help support the family brings overwhelming anxiety and nervousness to the patient. Children who are exposed to this kind of family suffering are also affected psychologically.
These families, whose members have also lost their jobs due to the need to take care of the patient, need help and support to afford the costs of medical treatment and the cost of living.
MWLW ACT, in collaboration with other partners, is addressing their needs, trying to make their time of grief easier and to help ease the pain.
If you follow MWL on social media, you probably heard about, or maybe even attended, our Inaugural Gala Night held in December. With the help of our wonderful sponsors, collaborators, and supporters, we had a successful night that helped cap an incredible 2018 for Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and for Albania. It was a wonderful night full of great food, dancing, an exciting live auction, and everyone left with memories we will carry into the coming year and the next Gala Night.
On behalf of all of the staff of MWL, I want to thank all who attended and supported us in this new endeavor. We could not have accomplished it without you, and we have already begun planning our next Gala Night!
Since the New Year, the Development Department of MWL has been hard at work, spreading awareness of our work and our presence across Albania and across Europe. One of the tools we are using to organize this work is a Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM). We have been discerning our digital expansion for the past months and are now growing into this incredible tool that will help expand our reach, organize our fundraising campaigns, and build the relationships and networks that will help us better fight human trafficking in Albania.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can support our work and get involved, I would love to talk with you more. This is going to be an exciting year for Mary Ward Loreto and we would love for you to be a part of it.
On the weekend of February 16th and 17th, Mary Ward Friends gathered for a Retreat in Durres, led by Sister Carmel, CJ. It was a wonderful Retreat weekend full of learning, prayer, and reflection that challenged and lifted the spirits of all, whether they had attended many spiritual retreats, or if it was their first experience.
Sister Carmel is an energetic and very charismatic woman who brought the life of Mary Ward to us and encouraged us to reflect on our daily lives.
Thank you to Sister Carmel for all of her hard work and openness. We will always remember this retreat and time with you and hope to welcome you back to Albania soon!