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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Feast Day 8 February 2019: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against human trafficking. “TOGETHER against human trafficking”.


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.


Published Date: 8th February 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project



MWL Staff Training on Character Driven Leadership led by Dr. Edlira Gjoni. January 30th, 2019.


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:












Published Date: 5th February 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, NGO News



Congratulations to Sr. Imelda Poole, IBVM, who received her MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018.

Sr. Imelda Poole, said:
Today is the day and probably for the first time the nerves are beginning to set in. It is Wednesday, November 21st. Sr Adina Balan CJ from Romania and I are staying in a small hotel just down the road from the Acton community house. By 08. 30am,  courtesy of the IBVM Acton community, who have looked after us so well, Bernie, Jacinta, Adina and myself were heading for Buckingham Palace. It was all still a little surreal but becoming a reality by the moment. Jen and Ana Stakaj, who is  over from Albania for a training programme on behalf of RENATE, were there to greet us when we came out of the palace. They were filming the great day and cheering us on. What happened in between was truly amazing.

The pictures express a little of the occasion which was a wonderful affair for all of us. The palace is beautiful with wonderful pictures around the walls. We were practised before hand by one of the chancellors, whilst the guests waited to a background of lovely music which continued to serenade them throughout the morning. Sr Bernie, Sr Jacinta and Sr Adina,  all Mary Ward Sisters and my guests, had great seats raised on a platform at the side of the great hall. Prince Charles, backed by his chancellor’s and four men held the eyes of all as he destributed the medals to each of those to be awarded. He was very prepared and gave a significant time to each one. It was a tingle factor time as you awaited your turn. Then the moment came and with others we wended our way through the corridors of Buckingham Palace  and then to the great hall to be greeted by Prince Charles. This was when your name and reason for the award was announced loudly. Thankfully I did not fall as I made my courtesy  to the Prince and then took the three steps towards him to be awarded the medal, which he slipped into a medal holder, already attached to my jacket. Prince Charles was lovely and opened up a moving conversation on the phenomena of Human Trafficking. With the medal in place and after this significant chat, it was time to take three steps back, make another courtesy and then move on and out into the corridors of Buckingham palace, where we wended our way back into the rear of the main hall. What an experience. It all ended with the national anthem, and the platform party, including the Prince making their way out of the hall, the last ones to leave being the footmen who banged a loud stick on the floor to the time of the music and their marching. What fun!! It was great to link up with each other after this, and share the experience whilst waiting for the photographs to be taken. After this, courtesy of Sr Bernie and the Province, we made our way to Cotes where we had a delicious meal and lots of fun. Sally Axworthy, the British Ambassador at The Vatican, was there at the gate of Buckingham Palace for greetings and photographs. All very lovely.

Left to right. Salky Axworthy, British Ambassador at the Vatican, Sr Bernie Boland IBVM, Sr Imelda Poole IBVM, Sr Jacinta Davenport IBVM and Sr Adina Balan CJ, the latter four all Mary Ward Sisters from the two branches.

The day ended perfectly with a great party organised by the Acton community. Our CJ friends were there from the London house plus other friends, Philip my nephew and Christine Green and Ceri, Philippa’s niece and husband. This ended a more than perfect day. Thanks to everyone who shared this special time.” 


Published Date: 23rd November 2018
Category: Last Media News, Latest media news, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings



European Day Against Trafficking in Human Beings

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.




Published Date: 13th November 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project



MWL Gala Night: Friday December 14th, 2018, from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.





Published Date: 1st November 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, MARY WARD LORETO FOUNDATION'S INAUGURAL, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Upcoming Events