Uniting Britain and 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.

Month: February 2019

MWL Staff Training on Character Driven Leadership led by Dr. Edlira Gjoni. January 30th, 2019.


Mary Ward Loreto has a holistic approach towards staff capacity building and professional development. This year the staff of MWL are taking part in a one-year training on Character Driven Leadership which is powered by the McCain Institute and The Centre for Public Impact that works to train and empower professionals, active citizens, and emerging character-driven leaders in various settings in Albania.

The curriculum of the training on Character Driven Leadership was developed by the McCain Institute at Arizona State University and is being delivered by Dr. Edlira Gjoni, who is accredited as a Next Generation Leader (NGL) by the Institute.

The two-week program (One day per month for a year) offers an intensive training to the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation team members on professional and personal development. The training has a core focus on values, ethics, and leadership to create a capable and lasting team of character-driven leaders who shape the environment they live in and, ultimately, our future.

Through this training, the team is being transformed into advocates for common core values of integrity, responsibility, respect, trust, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity.

Participants are expected to demonstrate excellent character, commitment to core human values, and leadership.

A key aspect of the program is each participant’s preparation of an individual Leadership Action Project. Aimed at defining tangible steps and actions, each participant will bring about positive change in their own work and environment through the project. The Action Project is the central project of the participants’ development during the training.

Two trainings have already taken place:  Friday December 7th: The Leader in Me, How Leaders are Motivated and Wednesday January 30th: The Environment I Lead In, VUCA World.

Below you will find some pictures taken during the last training:











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Awareness-raising and advocating for the survivors of Human Trafficking.


In early January 2019, Rome Reports ran a feature on the work of RENATE, entitled ‘’Human Trafficking: No law is really on the side of the victim.’’ The feature was screened nationally and internationally via the web, thereby raising awareness about Human Trafficking and ensuring informed action is taken to prevent and combat Human Trafficking.

The interview with Imelda Poole, IBVM, President RENATE Europe, is available at:



Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Posted on Categories Last Media News, Latest media news, Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)

European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week.


In light of it being European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Mary Ward Loreto partnered with the Health Promotion and Education Office of Lezhe to organize an awareness activity with women working at the livestock processing factory in Lezhe .The women who work at the factory travel from remote surrunding areas to provide income for their families.

The training focused on the importance of sanitization and prevention through regular health screenings. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer globally and is a leading cause of death in many developing countries. According to the Albanian Institute of Public Health, Albania has a reported 100 new cases every year. Half of the cases are diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced level, when treatment is very expensive and less effective.

The women were taught about how HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is transmitted and how to prevent it. (HPV is the virus that can lead to cervical cancer.)

Screening is a very important component of prevention and the women were encouraged to have screenings every year. Ativan from the buy ativan online is a short term treatment for managing seizures, anxiety and muscle disorders, it is not a panacea from them. Each time we remind this to our clients. It is a first-line drug in case of acute seizures and panic disorder, but it develops tolerance. Please be always in line with your attending doctor while consumption period. The Ministry of Health has launched a free screening program nationwide and the women were given information about how to benefit from this free service.

When women’s health is made a priority, communities and economies thrive. This is one more step we are taking for women’s rights and equality in Albania.

Posted on Categories Mary Ward Loreto Women Project

New perspective for women in the city of Bajram Curri.

Women and girls today struggle for social and economic equality in a patriarchal society that offers limited employment opportunities and where they are always at risk of abuse and trafficking.

Working in the remote areas of Tropoja has taught us that the human development approach, in addition to the economic empowerment of women, enables the improvement of the social status of women in need.

Working in network with state institutions and NGOs in the city of Bajram Curri, to provide services for these women, has brought to our attention the great need that women have for support not just in rural areas but also in the city.

In close cooperation with the Municipality of Tropoja Social Services Office, Mary Ward Loreto held an information and needs assessment session with women living in the city.

Unemployment, poverty, social isolation, discrimination, and a lack of access to services were the main problems the women brought to this meeting. Some of the women have experienced death or divorce, leaving them as the head of their household and raising children alone. This makes life very difficult especially considering the social mentality and attitude in the area. “This city is dead and without any hope,” said one of the women. She and her family struggle every day just to survive.

Mary Ward Loreto introduced the women to work that is developed at the grassroots level with people in need. Through networking, advocacy, and lobbying we strive for women’s rights and opportunities for personal and community development. We are planting hope!

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International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking: On February 8, 2019, time 18:00, At St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tirana. “TOGETHER AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING”


On February 8, 2019 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.

On February 8, 2019, time 18:00, At St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tirana.

The first edition of the IDPT was celebrated on February 8, 2015, by the will of Pope Francis, who in 2014 entrusted the International Union of Superiors and Superiors General (UISG / USG) with promoting this day. In these years, gathering in prayer has facilitated collaborating and overcoming the boundaries within which we operate, dedicated to our projects that, although very important, could lead us to cut ourselves off from the others. The great tragedy of trafficking urges us to overcome every barrier to join forces and collaborate for the common good.

On February 12th 2018, Pope Francis received a group of young people and representatives of the organizations sponsoring the International Day of Prayer. On this occasion he donated a very beautiful prayer that can be downloaded, into many different languages, from this Website. Urged by the questions of the young participants, Pope Francis recalled how important it is to tackle the root causes of trafficking and wished “that all of you can send a message to leaders at every level of governments, business and society, to demand access to quality education and, consequently, fair and sustainable employment.”

This requires us to coordinate our actions and unite our strengths. “Together against human trafficking” is the invitation addressed to everyone, each according to their own possibilities.



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