In light of St. Bakhita Day, the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking, a meeting was held with youth from the Diocese of Lezhe . The story of Josephine Bakhita was shared, and the youth heard of the exploitation she suffered from the age of seven, being sold and resold five times. St. Bakhita lived in the 18th century, but stories like hers are still happening today. We cannot fight the terrible crime of Modern-Day Slavery unless we unite and work together.
“Together against human trafficking” is our appeal to every teacher, every social worker, every governmental and nongovernmental worker, and to every leader. We need to address this terrible crime together, to provide better opportunities for education, employment, and safety for the vulnerable and trafficked.
The meeting with the youth was closed in hope with a prayer against human trafficking.
Mary Ward Loreto has a holistic approach towards staff capacity building and professional development. This year the staff of MWL are taking part in a one-year training on Character Driven Leadership which is powered by the McCain Institute and The Centre for Public Impact that works to train and empower professionals, active citizens, and emerging character-driven leaders in various settings in Albania.
The curriculum of the training on Character Driven Leadership was developed by the McCain Institute at Arizona State University and is being delivered by Dr. Edlira Gjoni, who is accredited as a Next Generation Leader (NGL) by the Institute.
The two-week program (One day per month for a year) offers an intensive training to the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation team members on professional and personal development. The training has a core focus on values, ethics, and leadership to create a capable and lasting team of character-driven leaders who shape the environment they live in and, ultimately, our future.
Through this training, the team is being transformed into advocates for common core values of integrity, responsibility, respect, trust, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity.
Participants are expected to demonstrate excellent character, commitment to core human values, and leadership.
A key aspect of the program is each participant’s preparation of an individual Leadership Action Project. Aimed at defining tangible steps and actions, each participant will bring about positive change in their own work and environment through the project. The Action Project is the central project of the participants’ development during the training.
Two trainings have already taken place: Friday December 7th: The Leader in Me, How Leaders are Motivated and Wednesday January 30th: The Environment I Lead In, VUCA World.
Below you will find some pictures taken during the last training:
Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project in Tropoja had an awarenes session for the youth in “Matosh Uka” school, in Dushaj on Thursday October 18th, The European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings.
45 high school students attended the training and they were a very dynamic group, discussing trafficking in human beings and participating in interactive exercise on how to identify traffickers and potential victims of trafficking. They shared examples and enjoyed this opportunity for learning.