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.

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Published Date: 21st November 2019
Category: Albanian Story, Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, NGO News



Visit in Kallmet


October is the month of awareness against human trafficking. The MWL Social Business in Kallmet has welcomed visitors from England, including Sr  Bernie Boland  IBVM, women from Kallmet community as well as staff from the Directory of Social Services in Lezha Municipality.

The women were informed that MWL works in joint partnership with local government and nongovernmental institutions to offer more opportunities and services for women especially those in need. The women welcomed the message that they shouldn’t tolerate the violation of their rights and should report to the respective authorities and structures.


Published Date: 23rd October 2019
Category: Albanian Story, Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, NGO News



A story of a courageous woman, a survivor of domestic abuse and a member of the MWL Women Group in Fier.

She is a mother of two teenage sons and a married daughter. Thanks to her many strong qualities: her courage, her fearlessness to cope with the judgments of the community where she lives and her family’s judgments , economic problems, different governmental and non governmental institutional challenges in accessing the necessary services ,she denounced her abusive husband and decided to divorce. She said ‘No’ to domestic violence and abuse .Her husband was inprisoned because of the domestic violence but within a few days he will be released from prison.

MWL has referred her case to the Social Services in Fier’s Municipality and in collaboration with other governmental and non governmental institutions, the life of this courageous woman and her son took a different path. She chose to live far away from living every minute, every day with the fear of losing her life instead she has now chosen to live in a shelter. She feels safe and released from anxiety and panic.

MWL also followed up her case with counselling, giving relevant information and engaging her in a free tailoring course.


Published Date: 16th March 2018
Category: Albanian Story, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project, Uncategorized



Hard life of a woman in Tropojë

She had never thought that her life would be like this. She lived in a village with her family. At age 33, her family arranged a marriage in another village. She faced an even more painful reality which he left behind, not only extreme poverty, but also the suffering of physical and psychological violence. Today, at 46 years, she continues to coexist with the father of her children. The family’s only source of income is economic aid, and that is wasted on alcohol and gambling. She works the land, caring for livestock and cultivating various crops to feed the children, facing each day her husband’s alcoholism. She suffers from migraine headaches and a disc hernia that has not been treated but which has made her life more difficult. Their house is a ruin that might collapse at any moment. She came to the MWL center asking for support to live in dignity.


Published Date: 3rd May 2017
Category: Albanian Story, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project, Uncategorized



“No man should have proprietary rights over land who does not use that land wisely and lovingly” Marjorie Rawlings

Bureaucracy, lack of information and facilities, these are the main reasons that farmers around Albania do not have their property documents. This means they cannot use the land to develop agriculture and this fact disempowers them and their families. Travelling in very remote villages during the research process, especially when we had the interview face to face with the men, we saw, besides the desperate poverty, a lot of “abandoned” land and resources left to one side.

According to the recommendation of the research “ challenges and Perspectives of Men in the Albanian Society” MWL, has started a process of training with these men regarding to the property registration process, and pushing them to see the potential progress that they can achieve, if they use their existing resources in the proper way.

During January and February, 200 men have participated in these training organized by MWL and led by specialist in their field in Lezha, Shkodra and Puka. We are very pleased to receive so quickly, a feedback from our collaborators in these areas. There has been an unusual increase of applications from the farmers to the office of properties (in one area, 80% increase compared to the last year).

Also we had invitations from villages and areas to help even them in this process, facilitating and explaining with a specialist all these complicated procedures.


Published Date: 16th March 2017
Category: Albanian Story, Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project