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.
Lack of education can lead societies to crisis and stagnation. In our modern world, one of the most aggressive developments is Modern Slavery, a phenomenon that is rarely talked about. In our last research into the ethics of the Albanian education system, we found that proper ethics as a foundation and as a curriculum for all ages was missing. To help the education system, MWL’s main trainer, Zana Guri, created the first module of an Ethics Training which will be delivered in teacher communities throughout Albania. We had the chance to deliver 2 sessions of this training in Lezha after the invitation from Beslidhja high school with the facilitation of Aferdita Gjoni, MWL Social Worker.
In these sessions, 44 teachers of the high school participated and shared their experiences and difficulties in their everyday work. Their struggles were enormous, but their dedication was much stronger. The training methodology was created to reflect reality, making it as realistic and applicable as possible. They were presented with real cases and engaged with the resources to problem solve. This training will be followed by more sessions. We look forward to continuing to spread this work.
20 Albanian women and girls from Tropoja prepare handmade products at the Mary Ward Loreto Centre and in their homes.
We are happy to announce the opening of the Mary Ward Loreto Souvenir Shop in Valbona for the tourist season as a great opportunity for the women to sell their products. These women are from the most vulnerable and isolated regions of Albania. Through their economic empowerment, they are no longer at risk of human trafficking and exploitation. They are changing their lives and the lives of their families.
Albania’s youth, who represent the largest segment of the population (15-20%), have been hit the hardest by unemployment and poor job prospects.
A society’s youth plays a decisive role in molding the identity and determining the position of each individual in their community. This can only come about through achieving high education goals and employment which allows the youth to reach their capacity. When this is achieved youth stand a good chance of being happy and fulfilled, paving the way for the future in Albania.
Beyond their role as representatives of the most vital part of the labour force, the youth also possess the ability to enhance society and to enable a nation to produce at both the technical and manual level to the highest capacity.
This is the fourth year that we are running this program. So far, 134 young people have been part of our program and more than 60 % of them got employed at the end of the program and we follow up the youth of the previous year’s till they are employed.
This year they are other 73 youth part of this program from 4 areas (Lushnja, Rreshen, Puka, and Shkodra).
They will benefit from this program through:
Orientation and realization of Vocational Training courses according to each young person’s choice;
Intermediation with businesses and work experience;
tool kits for those who will graduate;
Education through community actions proposed by youth;
Training on job search and Entrepreneurship;
Vacancy advises and follow up towards employment.
Human development trainings focused on prevention and fighting human trafficking and against any form of discrimination;
Involvement and organizing Human Anti-trafficking Campaigns
We need 32200 GBP to realize the whole program with the youth.
Are you ready to become part and source of our mission?