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.
This event will celebrate the massive explosion of this dynamic mission across the world of Religious Sisters working within hundreds of networks Against Human Trafficking. The event will be in September and we hope you will all follow us closely on live streaming. The picture is the group at the end of the action.
On February 8th, St Bakhita Day, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, MWL in Tropoja organized an informational workshop with students of “Matosh Uka” High School in Fierze. 26 students participated in discussions about how to fight this phenomenon together. They also took part in activities to learn how to accept one another and their differences.
Through collaboration, awareness raising, and direct action we are fighting human trafficking together!
On the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking, St. Bakhita Day, URAT Network with the support of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Tirana-Durres, organized a special prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Tirana.
This event gathered all those who work in the anti-trafficking field in Albania. Among those present were Imelda Poole MWL, Ms. Brikena Puka, Vatra Psycho – Social Centre; Mrs. Syrie Pepa, Erion Prendi SHKEJI Organization; Ms. Ana Majko, ARSIS Initiatives; Different and Equal; Don Marjam Lumci; United Response Against Trafficking (URAT) Albania and RENATE.
Many thanks to all who made this evening a success: Ana Stakaj with MWL who facilitated the service on behalf of URAT; Erion Prendi from SHKEJ, chair of URAT, who coordinated the presentation; Gazi Mema who organized the beautiful music; and Genc Gjoci who works with MWL, who coordinated the youth presentations during the event.
We prayed together for the victims of trafficking, we made calls to stop this action and lit candles for the victims. Two short films were also shown, one of Pope Francis speaking about the fight against human trafficking in the world and the other a performance of a song of hope and strength.
Dear Friends, Collaborators and Partners, let’s turn on a light against the trafficking of persons, to celebrate the 5th edition of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking that this year will have as its theme: “TOGETHER against human trafficking”.
In the framework of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking, St. Bakhita’s Day, URAT Network with the support of the Archbishop of the Diocese of Tirana-Durres, is pleased to invite you to participate in the organized liturgy.
Today, February 8, 2019, time 18:00, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tirana.
In light of St. Bakhita Day, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking, a meeting was held with youth from the Diocese of Lezhe . The story of Josephine Bakhita was shared, and the youth heard of the exploitation she suffered from the age of seven, being sold and resold five times. St. Bakhita lived in the 18th century, but stories like hers are still happening today. We cannot fight the terrible crime of Modern-Day Slavery unless we unite and work together.
“Together against human trafficking” is our appeal to every teacher, every social worker, every governmental and nongovernmental worker, and to every leader. We need to address this terrible crime together, to provide better opportunities for education, employment, and safety for the vulnerable and trafficked.
The meeting with the youth was closed in hope with a prayer against human trafficking.