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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Christmas Edition No. 11th, 2018.

Introduction for MWL Christmas Newsletter

As a child, this was the season of snow sweeping. Our parents encouraged us to think of others, the pennies earned from the snow sweeping were all given for the children who were starving in Africa. This was no bravado act but just part of life at this time, as was singing as a family in the maternity ward on Christmas day hoping to bring cheer to Mother’s awaiting a new birth. MWL is following in this tradition in a country where volunteering was forced during the communist regime as a form of slave labour. To reintroduce volunteering and fund giving for charity, is difficult in most East European countries because of this stigma, which remains in the mentality.

MWL is going counter cultural by having a splendid Gala Evening on December 14th to celebrate our 5th anniversary. To make the event an opportunity many will join us in the celebration and therefore the mission, as co workers, through contributing to the evening with goods for auctioning on the night and by buying a ticket as a contribution to the on-going work of combating modern day slavery. What an opportunity! Volunteering, broad based organising for social change, advocacy and awareness raising is a way of reaching out and crying out: ‘Enough is enough!’

We invite you all at this time of ‘Good will to all people’, to come and join us and effect change, raise your voice and take action as a United Response.

Imelda Poole IBVM (MWL President)

Please click here to read the MWL Newsletter No.11 in English.

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Published Date: 19th December 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter



Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter No. 10, 2018, Summer Edition.

Introduction for  Summer Newsletter, No. 10.

Just now, thanks to our newly appointed development officer, we have presented the last six months report  (cf This is filled with data and information of the incredible work of MWL staff who work tirelessly in every aspect of the mission in Albania against human trafficking,  a pandemic in our world today, enslaving millions of people.
What have been the struggles throughout this short period? What are the blocks to progress in MWL’s work of prevention, awareness raising, direct action, advocacy, and campaigning against human trafficking?….

Please click here to read the MWL Newsletter No.9 in English.


Published Date: 18th July 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter



Easter Edition, MWL Newsletter No. 9, 2018.

Introduction for Easter Newsletter

It seems appropriate that this introduction is being written on March 8th, the day when we remember human rights for women all over the world. This morning nearly all of the MWL staff were engaged in women’s rights events, even the men! The march was led by many women but also men took a leadership role, working for human rights for all.  Together we can make such a difference…. Please click here to read the MWL Newsletter No.9 in English.

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Published Date: 26th March 2018
Category: Last Media News, Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter, NGO News



Christmas Edition, MWL Newsletter 8th.

At the end of this year Mary Ward Loreto will be moving into the 5th Anniversary of the Foundation. We are preparing to celebrate this time of achievement with significant events, in which we hope you will participate, in every way possible. We are grateful as we look back at the many new beginnings over these years, lessons learnt and fruitful action achieved in many rural and isolated regions of Albania. It is a time for rejoicing, of wonder and expectation. It is in the midst of great poverty experienced that the mission is unfolding.  It is truly incredible how people, with very little, can find hope and new life. The ability to break through their boundaries and find personal achievement, new skills and growth into a fuller experience of life and freedom, is truly remarkable for so many of the beneficiaries.  For this and many other gifts we are very grateful.

As we move forward into this anniversary year in celebration and hope, we will continue to break through our boundaries, with new projects in ‘’Service Learning in Education’’ and ‘’Learning, Practicing and Influencing Integrity Fellowship’’ in partnership with one of the municipalities in Lezhe. All the MWL projects are exploring new ways for ensuring human and economic empowerment for the many. Strategies for systemic change in the confrontation of patriarchy and the many areas of abuse committed against so many, is a priority.
This newsletter has a different format which we hope you will find more interesting to read and share with others.  We hope the home page gives you a more comprehensive outline of our news over these past few months.

This year of celebration reminds us again that new life is achieved by the many and that however small this may be, together we can make a difference. Happy Christmas to you all and Peace and joy for the New Year.
Imelda Poole IBVM (President MWL)

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Published Date: 20th December 2017
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter, Uncategorized



Mary Ward Loreto Foundation: 7th Newsletter, July 2017

There is an Albanian saying: ‘Welcome is the best dish on the table’. Over the last month I have been the recipient of wonderful hospitality in many places and for this and always, for any person travelling, we are forever grateful. Throughout this time conversations have been flowing around innumerable tables, seeing beauty in the natural world in which we live, local story-telling, reminiscing and frequently joining the rest of the world in trying to find a solution to painful world issues. This week I am back to another reality here in Albania and have travelled to Saranda; here there is a stunning sea coast that is open to thousands of tourists every year. As in many other tourist parts of Albania, Mary Ward Loreto Women are extremely busy making crafts to be sold in the tourist markets as a way of welcoming the stranger to these shores and for economic empowerment. The question is: why are some of the most famous markets at heritage centres closed for these and many other industrious sellers who want to make Albania more welcoming by the beauty created at the hands of the people? In Butrint the British Foundation wrote in their contract that the local people were to be engaged in this centre. They desired this involvement as a matter of justice and to share local culture with the tourists. We have an election in two weeks. Is the nose in the ground by decision makers? Every year there is some problem created until eventually the markets are open – too late- but trade goes on. We continue to talk, to puzzle about such injustice.

Wishing you a very happy Summer time!

Imelda Poole IBVM (President MWL)

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Published Date: 4th July 2017
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Newsletter, NGO News