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: July 2019

30 July – World Day against Trafficking in Persons.


Mary Word Loreto Advice and Service Center in Lezhe, together with Lezhe Social Services staff dedicated this day to awareness raising with people in the community focusing mostly on ending child labor and illegal migration of minors  leading to human trafficking.

Although it is a legal obligation, there is a lack of reporting of these cases. This led to a training organized with the medical staff from various health centers in Lezha. The staff from the Local Health Operator of Lezha, the Municipality of Lezha and MWL staff  focused on the identification of possible victims of human trafficking and to follow up the referral mechanism structures and processes that are in place.

All partners from every level should work to provide better services to the vulnerable people in order to help them avoid this terrible modern-day phenomenon. We all should work to address human exploitation in order to end human trafficking.

Even in Tropoja, in the framework of the World Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings, MWL in cooperation with the Tropoja Local Health Care Unit and the Child Protection Unit of Tropoja Municipality organized an awareness raising activity to prevent trafficking. I disagree. I took it 3 times, and once had a headache (however, it was rather caused by overexcitement). The drug is the drug, you shouldn’t take it constantly. It’s full of chemicals! Take Viagra at https://tiaca.org/buy-viagra-sildenafil-online-20-mg/ even if you can’t do it on your own; in this case, Viagra will save you. Otherwise, I’m all for the natural effect! I don’t buy it also because of its high price.

The focus of this activity was the children begging and the money given to them by the citizens, which in fact in most cases do not go to the children, but they are prey to this form of exploitation.

Informative leaflets on human trafficking were also distributed and some citizens stated that they had no information that the money they were giving could be harmful to children.

Take care of the kids, not the money!

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Mundësi punësimi: Konsulent

Mundësi punësimi: Konsulent

Titulli i projektit: “Krenaria Folklorike dhe Turistike e Lezhes”

Përshkrim i shkurtër i projektit:

Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto (MWL) është duke zbatuar projektin: “Krenaria Folklorike dhe Turistike e Lezhes” në kuadër të Programit Rajonal për Demokracinë Vendore në Ballkanin Perëndimor (ReLOaD), që financohet nga Bashkimi Evropian (BE) dhe zbatohet nga Programi i Kombeve të Bashkuara për Zhvillim (UNDP), si dhe bashkëfinancohet nga Bashkia Lezhë.

Kliko këtu për materjalin e plote



Summer Camp in Tropoja, July 2019.

A two week Summer Camp has started in Tropoja. This is an initiative of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in close collaboration with the Communitary center in the school “Ali Podrimja”, Peace Corps Volunteers and with the support of Tropoja Municipality.

This Summer Camp is attended by 75 children, from  9-18, from the city and also the rural areas.

With the great support from others institutions, partners and volunteers, children are able to enjoy many activities on different topics such as: art, sport, environment, health education, computer, psycho-social activities and English language classes.

Thank you so much to all volunteers and partners for enabling this to happen in Tropoja for the children and young people. Let’s do it as an annual tradition for the new generation!


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Training on Communications and PR- RENATE country group members in Albania- a reflection by Jess Templeman, Director of Programmes at the ARISE Foundation.


The struggle to effectively communicate your work is something that NGOs of all sizes suffer from. It is crucial for both raising funds and awareness, as well as instilling donor confidence in an organisation’s work. Yet, there is not much training available on it, especially for smaller, frontline NGOs. ARISE’s mission is to build up frontline networks to effectively do their job; so I was delighted when the Albanian country group invited me to provide some training on this exact topic.

My training was unfortunately brief, and could only provide guidance for the process of creating better communications and PR, rather than providing an in-depth solution. It is my hope, however, that it will have provided each attendee with a better sense of how they might – for not much cost – produce better PR and communications materials. Each of the organisations do fantastic work and hopefully the training will give them some better tools to be able to inform donors and others of what they do.

Each of these smaller organisations, by themselves, could not have afforded such a training. This is where RENATE as a network can offer such value by convening the training for all the country members, thus lowering the cost for each. It is one area where being in a network can add immense value to frontline organisations. I would encourage RENATE and other country groups within international networks to invest in more of these solid trainings for its frontline members. Hopefully, they will result in impactful change far outside what each organisation can afford alone.

Luke de Pulford, Director at the ARISE Foundation is quick to add his support, stating “Unfortunately, fundraising is now so highly specialised that success feels out of reach for so many smaller NGOs. We cannot turn a blind eye to this if we care about frontline anti-trafficking work. Training is a part of it. But this is a two-way street. We need the funding community to change and learn, too, discovering new ways of appreciating the impact of smaller, local NGOs and civil society efforts rather than defaulting to large charity bureaucracies.”

Ana Stakaj, co-ordinator of the RENATE members in Albania, was delighted with the attendance of 25 members, which included a member from Kosovo,  (CARITAS Kosovo) who travelled especially for the meeting.  The evaluations indicated the training was excellent and most professional. People left very satisfied and glad of the opportunity now to take time to absorb all that had been presented and discussed.

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MWL Summer Newsletter, July 2019


On behalf of the Mary Ward Loreto staff, and at this time of the year, we would like to express our gratitude to the huge numbers of supporters who have painstakingly stayed close to us over these six years.

These people know who they are: donors, small and great, volunteers, advisors and mentors, partners, colleagues and always to be congratulated, our friends in the field, who have shown their resilience and stamina in working with us to build their own human and economic empowerment and who stand with us always as we work together to combat human trafficking…

Please click here to read the MWL Summer Newsletter, July 2019.

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