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.

Category Archives: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project

27 
Mar

“MIGRATION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES IN THE COMMUNITY”- Forum with the community and actors involved, Shkodra, March 26, 2019.

 

A forum on Immigration and Its Consequences in the Community was held on March 26th in Shkoder, Albania.

On the speaker panel was Prof. Roland Dodani, Dean of the Faculty of Law University of Shkodra; Mr. Engjell Gjugja, Coordinator of the Youth Center Atelie; Mr. Dode Mehmetaj, representative of DRFPP Shkoder; Mimoza Kallaqi, Representative of the Shkoder office; Mr. Ndoc Mulaj, Head of the Centre Association Aple; Mr. Denis Mema, Immigration Expert and Sr. Imelda Poole President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation.

During the meeting, community activists and attendees discussed the work being done to combat illegal and unsafe migration. The dialogue was positive, dynamic, and was an exchange of ideas and reflections related to the consequences in their community.

This forum will serve as a starting point for other local initiatives to improve legislation and work with institutions dealing with immigration and anti-trafficking work.

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Published Date: 27th March 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project, NGO News


 

11 
Oct

Positive Parenting Training in Golem, Lushnje.

On the 2nd of October, 20 men from Golem village in Lushnje participated in a training on Positive Parenting. This group was very dynamic and diverse; men that are already parents, young adults that are planning to have families, and 2 mothers attended. The group was open to discuss their problems with parenting and, with the help of our training materials, they realized why they were struggling to feel joy in parenthood and how to better communicate with their children. This training introduced them to positive discipline technique which we believe will better their experience empower them to be even better parents.

 

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Published Date: 11th October 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project


 

11 
Oct

Gender Based Violence Training in Iballe, Puka.

Last week, 10 men from Iballe village in Puka attended a training on Gender Based Violence. This gathering was full of emotional testimony and meaningful and difficult discussion. For the first time in our years of delivering this training, the men had the courage to speak truthfully about the reality of the situation and gave arguments as to why harmful traditional behaviors are still justified and embraced by communities. The training helped draw the men’s attention to the long-term consequences of domestic violence and gender-based violence in the wellbeing of not only the individual but also the family as a unit. The methodology used was selected very carefully in order to show empathy for our beneficiaries and to make them aware of the complex nature of the phenomenon. We discussed cases where they themselves could be victims of gender based violence, helped build their knowledge about the cycle of violence, and taught them how to improve their relationships in their families and take the first step towards change.

 

 

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Published Date: 11th October 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project


 

10 
Oct

Wood Crafting Course and Exhibition in Puka, 29th September 2018.

The last exhibition held in Puka’s House of Culture was in 1991. This house was named during the communist regime and for the last 27 years nothing new or innovative has been found in the house, only a few old statues and pieces of furniture covered in a thick layer of dust.

70% of Puka’s population has left and when asked about their future, a majority of those still left are planning to move.

Picture 1, the new square of the city

Due to a large amount of money invested in the last two years by the government, the city has a new face. The plan for the investments is in its last stage of work. Everything looks new and bright, but when you see people walking down the new white walkway of the city, you won’t see many bright and happy expressions. Viktor, a citizen of Puka, told us his story of unemployment and living off of the social services of the municipality. He explained that he may only have 50 Euro per month to live on “…but now I can walk in Rome,” he said, showing us the new square.  The people of Puka are tired. They are not used to living in a city where the outside of the buildings are a dream while the inside holds hundreds of challenges; how do I feed my family? How do I educate my children? How do I move forward?

Picture 2, during the wood crafting course.

Last spring, Mary Ware Loreto Foundation launched a new project in Puka, with a course for crafting wood and learning the art of pyrography. In the launch of this project, two objectives were in mind; to offer economic empowerment for participants to sell their crafts and to offer Puka an opportunity to develop her beauty, art, and culture.

We are happy to announce that both of the objectives have been accomplished.

Four students are selling their products to tourists and visitors. Only 4 months ago, one of them was working as a shepherd; he is now working full-time in a provisory room, producing beautiful artistic crafts and souvenirs.

Picture 3, during the exhibition.

Now we can proudly say that the last artistic exhibition held in the House of Culture was not in 1991, but in September of 2018. With the support of MWL Foundation, 4 students and their instructor had the chance to show the city their art and passion. 120 pieces of artwork decorated the old House of Culture, bringing joy and hope to the city which has only seen exhibitions like this on television. More than 100 people attended the event, including the Mayor, representatives from the government, members of the Academy of Arts in Tirana, and other intellectuals who expressed highest acclaims to the Foundation and encouragement to the students who received their certificates signed by the President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, Ms. Imelda Poole.

Picture 4, students working

MWL is working hard to bring the brightness of the new squares of Albania into people’s lives. We fight for them to have more opportunity, dignity, and a new future.

Every kind of support helps us achieve this mission. Join us today!

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Published Date: 10th October 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project, NGO News


 

18 
Jul

Latest from the MWL Men`s Project. Open forum: Promoting Tourism in Puke.

In the heart of the mountains in the north of Albania is a beautiful small town called Puka. Although it is less than 80 miles from Tirana, it takes nearly 3 hours to travel there. The city and those who live in it have relied heavily on the forest and mineral industries. Now that the forest and the minerals have been exploited without regulation, the population is at a high risk of exploitation. Without jobs, a health care system, effective education, and possibilities, the people are worn down in hopelessness. 60% of the population has left the area looking for other places to live, with more opportunities. During this difficult process, many families have lost their children, boys and girl. Crossing borders by foot during the winter to go to Greece, crossing the sea with a rubber boat to go to Italy, and nowadays hiding in trucks with a fake identification. Many girls have lost communication and connection with their families after forced marriages or promises for job opportunities abroad. These people are risking everything because as they say “we don’t have anything to lose”. MWL has been working in Puka for many years, for prevention and awareness against human trafficking, and finding ways and possibilities to develop the community. The last activity organized by MWL, in collaboration with local municipality and four NGO-s who are our partners, was a forum to develop agro-tourism in this area. Tourism is considered the best opportunity for this area to achieve sustainable development. Participants have been very enthusiastic and encouraged by the analysis done by specialists of different disciplines, like Shkelzen Marku of Yunus Foundation, who addressed the topic of businesses hospitality and accommodation, or Jaho Braha who is a specialist of history and ethnography. The president of MWL, Sr. Imelda Poole expressed the support that the foundation is giving to the community and invited the participants to make a more collective effort as key actors in the community, to fight poverty as a source of trafficking and use the opportunities for sustainable development.

Special thanks for the help and support in organising this activity goes to; Alban Doci, Ilirjan Leshi, Edmond Kocli and Manushaqe Çypi.

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Published Date: 18th July 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Men`s Project