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: May 2019

The RENATE ASSEMBLY group, during their many deliberations, became strongly drawn to consider Portugal for the next RENATE Assembly (7-13 November 2021, theme “Together Towards 2030″)

 

Whilst there for a reconnoitre visit, to our amazement, doors were open to us every where, in particular in Fátima, through the offer of accommodation and excellent Conference facilities.

Preparations are now well under way as members of the RENATE Assembly working group met in Portugal to explore possibilities.

Our short visit to Fatima went beyond our expectations. We were able to complete the next stage of the planning and have secured the Santuário de Fátima for both the accommodation & conference facilities which will be specifically allocated to the 120 RENATE delegates coming from across Europe for the week.

We are very grateful to Mr. Claudio Clómónte for his tour of the facilities and he will continue to liaise with us as we finalise preparations.

Our afternoon visit to the city of Lisbon went very well and we will rely on the guidance and experience of our seven Portuguese RENATE members as we continue to prepare for a fruitful and very special Assembly in Fátima.

Posted on Categories Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)

Advisory Authority: The Current Situation, the Measures Taken to Combat the Phenomenon of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence in the Kukes Region.

 

On the 24th of April 2019, the Prefect of Kukës Region convened the Advisory Authority to discuss about “Current Situation, Measures Taken Against the Phenomenon of Trafficking in Persons and Domestic Violence”.

Members of this Authority, representatives of health, municipalities, police, education, Kukës, Tropoja, as well as the Prefect Institution, presented the work being done to combat this phenomenon.

MWL was represented by MWL Social Worker of Tropoja area, Lulzime Gjyriqi, , which presented  the work on the ground that Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is doing to empower groups in need and prevent trafficking of human beings. Also present in this meeting was a Peace Corps Volunteer who has been paired with MWL in Tropoja.

Cases of Domestic Violence are growing in frequency in the Kukes district. Additionally, the number of divorce cases is also increasing. In 2018, 67 divorce cases were filed and 52 of them ended with marriage solutions. The Albanian family is experiencing a social crisis that can only be addressed if we all cooperate and work together.

The Kukes Prefect institution expressed special appreciation for the work done by Mary Ward Loreto in the Mission Against Human Trafficking.

 

Posted on Categories Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project

MWL Women’s Project Beginning Work in Xarre of Saranda: Creating New Opportunities for Women and Girls.

 

In March and April of 2019, MWLW has organized individual and group meetings for women in the area of Xarra, Vrina and other villages within the area. Considering the needs assessment for this community, during these meetings we discussed their needs and issues related to employment, girls’ education, professional courses, relationships and their dreams. The women and girls expressed their appreciation for the work of MWLW and expressed their need for activities and collaboration for their personal and professional development.

Posted on Categories Mary Ward Loreto Women Project

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

 

In April 2019, MWLW in collaboration with the Delvine Municipal Hospital Directorate, provided free mammograms for women living in poverty in Shendelli. Of the cancer cases diagnosed, breast cancer is one of the most frequent and most deadly diseases affecting women of all ages. Through an awareness raising campaign, MWL made it possible for 9 women from the area of Shendelli to receive this free service and to learn the importance of examinations. Women were also informed about the importance of breast-feeding and the need to consult with specialists.

Many thanks to the Director of the Hospital In Delvina for procedures and support for MWL Women.

 

Posted on Categories Mary Ward Loreto Women Project

BEYOND BORDERS: Analytical Research Report on Migration in Albania, 26 April, 2019.

 

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation launched the Research on Migration of Albanians and findings of this study report on Friday, 26 of April 2019. More than 100 participants attended the conference at Tirana International Hotel in Tirana, Albania.

The panelists of this conference were: Imelda Poole (IBVM), MWL President; Mr. Alfred Matoshi;  Ms. Sulltana Aliaj; Mr. Denis Mema; Dr. Arlind Qori; Prof. Dr. Zyhdi; and Dr. Ana Majko. Ms. Sulltana Aliaj presented the Literature of the research and Mr. Denis Mema presented the Methodology and findings of the research. Mr. Alfred Matoshi presented the Analyzed findings of the research, Dr. Arlind Qori, spoke about the links between Politics and Migration, Prof. Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi gave a asocial context of  Migration, and Dr. Ana Majko spoke about the current situation of Migration and trafficking in Albania.

This study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, under Mr. Alfred Matoshi coordination and co-author with Ms.  Sulltana Aliaj and Mr. Denis Mema.

An irreplaceable contribution to this study was given by academic staff from the Social Sciences Department at the University of Tirana specifically: Prof.Dr. Zyhdi Dervishi, Dr. Arlind Qori and Dr. Livia Nano. A special thanks to Dr. Edita Fiono and Ada Braho PhD Researcher.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers, individuals, and associates who worked with passion and dedication in the collection of data, interviewing, and organizing focus groups across Albania.

Migration is a phenomenon that has affected nearly all Albanians. Statistics show that most Albanians want to leave in order to have a better life outside of Albania. Given this fact, a study has been done to identify the factors that push Albanians to migrate. The study has as a sample 1,105 individuals with an equal gender distribution and a range of ages. The instruments used are the self-appointed questionnaire for migration and the World Health Organization questionnaire based on quality of life, the degree of hope, and life satisfaction. Focus groups and interviews were also used to analyze the phenomenon.

Mr. Denis Mema shared the analyzed findings of the research. The results show a large tendency of Albanians to leave the country as a result of socio-economic factors.

Currently, in Albania, frequency analysis shows that 83.86% of participants asked want to leave their county and 16.14% do not want to leave. Statistical analyses show that both women and men are equal in their desire to leave.

There are many factors that affect the great desire to emigrate. Around 84.9% (N=786) want to leave for social economic reasons, including unemployment, lack of basic services and poor standards of living. It results that 5% (N=47) wanted a higher level of education that is not available in Albania. In additional, 4.8% (N=45) wanted to leave for political reasons and 2.7% (N=25) want more specialized health service. Only 1.9% (n=18) have selected “other” and it results that the most prevalent reason for leaving was lack of security for their life.

Specifically, 78.5% do not feel secure in Albania. Asked about the reason, they reported that this is related to the high number of criminals that are not punished.

 An interviewee in Pogradec said: “I am agitated by the powerlessness to change this situation, it is absurd how some individuals are holding this country hostage”

This study aims to promote the recommendations for creating and modifying policies to prevent illegal migration, and to aid in the reintegration of returning migrants into society.

We would like to thank the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, Sr. Imelda Poole MBE, (IBVM) for her trust, support and encouragement at all stages of this MWL led project.

During her speech at conference she said:

“Speaking about movement and mobility, change will come even in Albania, if we all work together against factors that affect Albanians to emigrate. 

 From my perspective of living in this country for 14 years, I am very conscious of the extreme poverty and the feelings of hopelessness prevalent amongst the people. There seems to be no connection between the need of the people and the services offered by the state.

 I hope that all those who have any power to make change will respond to this revealed truth and listen to the voice of the people who are voting now with their feet and moving away from their homeland. ”

 The conference is followed by national media that have also made chronicles on the study:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aL8oqiKzC8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0LI5zBDfwal1p36rpHMJdJ-gKLZORebp9ZDIpchzc9pHHfmjAoBaMjZJ0

http://www.oranews.tv/article/studimi-i-2019-s-84-e-shqiptareve-duan-te-ikin?fbclid=IwAR1RmZQl0o2el4kfkPKPzxJCM0nE32hbzRAZkLWT4mWXjz_NGYRdGbkw090

Please click belwo to download the study report Albanians and Migration.

The study report “Albanians and Migration” in Albanian Language

The study report “Albanians and Migration” in English Language.

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