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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MWL Foundation seeks a psychologist for the Advice and Service Centre in Shkodra. The main objective of this assignment is to provide psychological counselling for needs assessment and emergency support to prevent and reduce the vulnerability to trafficking in human beings. It provides free psychological services to individuals and groups as needs arise, exposed to social problems and those who cannot access psychological service against payment. Collaborates with other mental health and human development professionals for clients in sessions to provide a comprehensive case-management program. Ability to work with MWL team and network teams in the region of Shkodra.


● Advanced degree (at least master-level) in the field of clinical psychology or counselling;

● Experience in the related field

● Experience in working with the nonprofit organizations

● Fluency (both oral and written) in Albanian and English;

● Excellent skills in communication

● The candidate must be within the age group of 26-40 years old

● To be available to travel

Terms of contract:

The assignment will be initially for a year starting from June 2019 – May 2020

The assignee is expected to:

– Implement Action Plan of the Advice and Service Centre according to the ethics of MWL Foundation.

– To provide psychological assistance and counselling to the people in need who approach the Advice and Service Centre

– To be accountable for the finances of the project

– To develop and maintain collaborations and partnerships with other entities involved in the project.

How to apply: Interested and qualified candidates should express their interest to, at the earliest convenience and not later than 30th of April 2019. Detailed Terms of Reference will be available at the start of the assignment. By May 3rd all the applicants will be informed of the decision MWL. By May 16th the selected candidates are going to be interviewed.

The following need to be sent in the application:

– Up to Date CV

– Letter of Motivation

– 2 References

Yours faithfully,

Mary Ward Loreto – MWL Foundation


Published Date: 16th April 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Women Project, VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT



Training in School: “Career Advice and University Applications, Exams and Stress Management”


On 8th of April, at Matosh Uka School, Fierze, 23 students participated in a training organized by Mary Ward Loreto Foundation on “Career Advice and University Applications, Exams and Stress Management.”

The first session prepares high school students for upcoming decisions about universities and techniques for filling out applications. The training was led by 2 representatives of the Tropoja Education Office. The second training session, facilitated by the MWL Social Worker, focused on managing the stress of exams and techniques for better managing their time and emotional health during these periods of time. The students participated in discussions, sharing their exam experiences and how to handle these situations.

We would like to thank Matosh Uka, Fierze and the Tropoja Education Office for their cooperation and contribution to this training.



Published Date: 12th April 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Women Project



WOMEN CAN – Reflections on launch of publication in Albania, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 8th of March.


Two RENATE members were presented with certificates of leadership excellence from the Center for Public Impact, powered by the McCain Institute and Arizona University, for their demonstrated Character Driven Leadership.

The certificates were awarded on the International Day of Women, when Ms Edlira Gjoni launched her movement “Women Can-Vajzat për Shqipërinë” and book of the same title, promoting values and character driven leadership of women in Albania.

The author, Edlira Gjoni was a fellow at the McCain Institute on International Leadership from 2017-2018 for the Next Generation Leaders program. Her experience in the USA prompted her to initiate the movement Women Can.“Today in Albania, there is energy for a new shared leadership structure with women emerging in more visible roles and to be proud and empowered female leaders,” Gjoni said.

Gjoni captures interesting aspects of the Albanian women and their roles as character driven leaders. She has selected 51 women and leadership traits to portray 51% of the Albanian population who are female. Her book “Women can” introduces us to the Albanian female leaders who serve as role models and inspire us to continue making a difference.

The women portrayed in the book are not public figures, and in her opening remarks presenting the book, Gjoni explained that this was a purposeful decision “to give space, recognition, and gratitude to all these women who serve and make us proud and often are not recognized for their efforts.”

In the book, which brings a new perspective to portraying women in Albania, Sister Elda Nikolli represents the value of being Pro-Active and Youth-Savvy; Ana Stakaj represents the trait of Leading by Example.






Published Date: 15th March 2019
Category: Last Media News, Mary Ward Loreto Women Project



March For Girls and Women’s Rights! International Women’s Day- 8 March, 2019, Time: 11:00 a.m. Tirana, Albania.


Published Date: 6th March 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Women Project, Upcoming Events



A training session took place with a group of  40 youth about ethics at work, work relations, and personal development.

The group of young people are attending a vocational course to become cooks offered by Kitchen Courses AA. They are preparing to enter the work force, so it is vital for them to be aware of ethical rules at work, work relations, and how important it is to continue to invest in themselves, considering the work force is very difficult.

This is an initiative undertaken by Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project and the Kitchen Courses AA to prepare this group of youth for employment. Students were encouraged to set goals for personal development in order to reach their full potential as professionals as well as human beings.



Published Date: 28th February 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Women Project