Mary Ward Loreto: Mission, Vision and Values
Our History so far
The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation was established in Albania in 2013. Since then it has not only grown into a beacon of hope for vulnerable communities in that beautiful troubled country but also begun to spread the impact of its work with a strong development trajectory, particularly into the UK – which is the second most trafficked country in Europe -and elsewhere in Europe. In the past seven years, following its first strategic plan, MWL has consolidated operations and its capacity to develop projects. We have built solid relationships with both stakeholders and beneficiaries. This has enabled us to reach new community groups and cement equal opportunity for women, men and youth of all ages and backgrounds. This in turn has enhanced our capacity to work for systemic change in the field of community development and education. MWL has in a short time become a universally established and a respected Foundation in its country of origin as well as across Europe. As such it plays a key role in the National Referral Mechanism -NRM- against Human Trafficking in Albania.
Mary Ward Loreto Foundation Now:
To achieve our goals MWL is restructuring the Foundation into self-managing teams in centres, offering support services to communities in the most vulnerable and isolated regions of Albania. The participants of the mission will become part of these self-managing teams as will major stakeholders in the different regions. This will help us respond even more quickly to needs in the field, change gears as necessary and find new ways of combatting human trafficking. This increased dynamic should give added voice to potential victims and otherwise vulnerable people, improve the impact of our networking and engagement with our beneficiaries, and lead to a widening of our circle in mission, including many other collaborators and stakeholders.
Vision and Mission:
The Foundation believes that tackling the root causes of human trafficking with a human rights approach, i.e. empowering vulnerable communities and rescuing victims, will eradiate this heinous crime.
Freedom, Justice, Truth, Joy, Hope
Whom do we serve?
– Victims and potential victims of trafficking and exploitation
We currently support 27 communities in need in 6 areas of Albania, comprising some 3000 vulnerable people
A) Finding, identifying, protecting and counselling victims and survivors; and restoring their lives
B) Preventing human trafficking though community and economic empowerment, awareness raising, advocacy and campaigning across all sectors of society.
C) Networking within the anti-trafficking arena; Building partnerships and teams to fulfill the mission.