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.
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!
We had an exciting evening on Monday, June 24th. We were waiting at the airport to greet Sr Josette Zammit Mangion IBVM who was to visit the Mary Ward Loreto mission and Jess Templeman. Jess works at ARISE in the UK and came as a trainer for the Albanian RENATE members and a consultant for some of the NGOs in Tirana. We were so happy to welcome them to Tirana.
By the next day Jess had begun her work in Tirana, (pictures to follow), whilst Pjeter, Josette and Imelda set off early, heading for Tropoje, where we had four meetings related to the mission past, present and future. These included many topics: The development of an advisory team in the region, the women’s group developments in many villages, the future summer camp in Bajram Curri, listening to the issues and successes of the women’s group in Raja and visiting the wonderful family of Lindita. Later, in the valley of Valbona, we visited Dalvina who was working at the MWL Craft kiosk which is becoming so successful and was very impressive. Finally, in the evening, we joined the Sisters of Dushaj and shared a delicious meal in their house discussing our future collaboration. We had a wonderful day. Many thanks to Lule ( Mary Ward Loreto), PJ, and Neda (Peace Corps) and to Pjeter for steering us safely everywhere. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts.
In the last two months of April and May, MWL has developed 9 awareness activities against human trafficking in 6 different cities of Albania.
These sessions were held in secondary schools according to the following tables:
a) Table of activities developed on awareness-raising sessions: Trafficking of Human Beings:
b) Table of awareness raising sessions developed: Impact of Social Media and Online Trafficking:
Below are some photos during the awareness sessions:
Fuat Babani, Bilisht
Petro Nini Luarasi, Erseke
Spiro Gjiknuri, Himare
Deshmoret e Pojskes, Udenisht
The methodology used for the realization of these sessions was non-formal through various engaging videos, visual images, and exercises to reflect and stimulate critical thinking about the information and phenomenon. These tools and teaching strategies allowed the young people to be interactive with the material during the 45-minute sessions.
Young people were informed about the phenomenon of human trafficking and modern slavery, the causes of this phenomenon in our society, how they can identify the signs of a potentially dangerous situation, and social media as one of the most widespread forms of online recruitment for victims of trafficking and exploitation.
327 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 participated in these sessions.
Prepared by Artemisa Aliaj.
Aferdita Gjoni, represented MWL as a partner organization with ADANTE, at their study days which took place in Snagov-Rumania with the topic “Women in church make the difference” .
52 women from 13 European countries attended these study days. Many very important viewpoints of Women in Church were shared by Prof. Tina Beattie, from the University Catherine of Siena, UK, Boroka Beke – Pastor of reformed Church in Rumania , Regina Hyder , Institute of Mainz and others.
The Study days were very interesting and focused mainly on the church as the imagined space in which we live – the church as our spiritual home. The participants reflected on what change women might make to this home , if we were recognised as “homemakers” where everyone brought their perspectives of what they do in their respective countries .
Other speakers brought initiatives from their countries of what they are doing to build new strategies for women inclusion such as Voices of Faith, a global initiative that works to empower women and to advocate for their presence in leadership and decision making roles in the Catholic Church. To achieve this there is the need to rebuild the power structures and address gender inequality within the church. www.overcomingsilence .com
It was very inspiring to hear from Regina Hyder about the difference women can make in church and where she mentioned Mary Ward as a lady who broke the role models and struggled to give more education and power to women .
Many workshops took place focusing on different perspectives of sharing the role of women’s creativity, spirituality and blessings.
The General Assembly took place after these study days and the new leadership team was elected to lead ANDANTE for the next three years.
The three priorities chosen to be followed up by ANDANTE for the next three years are ‘’Preservation and Creation’’, ‘’Violence Against Women’’ and ‘’Empowerment of Women through Education and Mutual Support’’.
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: