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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“Women’s Right on Property” Training held in Bajram Curri, on 27th of February.


A very important training was held in Bajram Curri, on 27th of February organized by Mary Ward Loreto Foundation.

In Albanian society, property issues in the perspective of gender are never discussed. The patriarchal society has dictated the gender roles, and that all property belongs to men.

35 women and girls, participating in MWLW Project Programs, were part of the training “Women’s Rights in Property”. They received information about their family property rights, rights that are equal to those of the family of their husbands.

Raising awareness, skills, and capacity of women is revealing their integrity and empowering their role in society.



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



Many Thanks and New Directions. Patty Stein – MWL Development Officer


If you follow MWL on social media, you probably heard about, or maybe even attended, our Inaugural Gala Night held in December. With the help of our wonderful sponsors, collaborators, and supporters, we had a successful night that helped cap an incredible 2018 for Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and for Albania. It was a wonderful night full of great food, dancing, an exciting live auction, and everyone left with memories we will carry into the coming year and the next Gala Night.

On behalf of all of the staff of MWL, I want to thank all who attended and supported us in this new endeavor. We could not have accomplished it without you, and we have already begun planning our next Gala Night!

Since the New Year, the Development Department of MWL has been hard at work, spreading awareness of our work and our presence across Albania and across Europe. One of the tools we are using to organize this work is a Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM). We have been discerning our digital expansion for the past months and are now growing into this incredible tool that will help expand our reach, organize our fundraising campaigns, and build the relationships and networks that will help us better fight human trafficking in Albania.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can support our work and get involved, I would love to talk with you more. This is going to be an exciting year for Mary Ward Loreto and we would love for you to be a part of it.

Patty Stein – MWL Development Officer


Published Date: 28th February 2019



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



MWL Foundation’s First Gala Fundraising Event, on December 14, 2018, was a big success!

100 Guests gathered and enjoyed the night which included an Auction, Dinner and Entertainment.

We would like to thank all the guests who joined us during this MWL First ever Gala Fundraising Event.

Many thanks to all who sponsored many of the various parts of this Fundraising Event:

Wintergarten Restaurant, Aroma Therapy, MWL Social Business, The Balkanista, Hotel Tirana International, Be Puzzle, Telajo & Vere, Hotel Restorant Rapsodia, Hoteli  Gjuetise, Tirana Yoga, DJ Benito, Next Promotion and Hotel Colosseo.

The Gala night celebrated 5 years of MWL Mission working against Human Trafficking throughout Albania. It was an opportunity for networking between our many collaborators and partners, and a chance for our growing support base to learn more about our work and to meet the beneficiaries of our projects.

The theme of this year was “Planting Hope and Empowering Albania.”

We believe that Albania, with the help of organizations and partnerships, has the potential to become her own source of hope and empowerment. In the work that we do at MWL, we know that the empowerment of the individual, leads to the empowerment of a nation. Partnering with us for this event showed a commitment to the people of Albania and the work we all do to fight against human trafficking and to ameliorate the Albanian society.

The event included a multiple course meal during which individuals from the MWL staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries shared their stories and testaments of the work of MWL. The event also included entertainment and an auction. There was so much fun throughout the evening and all for a very good cause! 

Thank you to all who sponsored a table, donated an auction item, sponsored the decorations, set up materials, or gave any other form of support.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year, meanwhile enjoy the photos of the Gala Night!



Published Date: 19th December 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, MARY WARD LORETO FOUNDATION'S INAUGURAL, Mary Ward Loreto Partnerships, NGO News



Launching of the research in the southern region of Albania: “ETHICS IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ALBANIA” October 27th 2018, Vlora, Albania.

Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth organized the launching of  the research: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in the southern region of Albania at the Restaurant Event Mustafa in Vlora.

The study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports. MWL employed ACER(Albania Centre for Research), led by Dr. Zef Preci.

The prevalence of unethical behavior in schools has never been measured before in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, have initiated a nationwide research in all levels of education, from preschool to Master’s level, in order to measure the severity and frequency of unethical behavior. The research used a mixed methodology with a representative sampling for each level of education nationwide.

As an important actor in education in Albania the voices in the southern region added value and increased awareness of this situation. This voice brought to the table important issues in the education of young citizens in Albania. The goal of the conference in Vlora, was to spark new strategies and initiatives for the improvement of education for each child and for each young person in Albania.

We thank the speakers of the event for their gratitude, appreciation and sharing of educational issues together.

Thank you to Mrs. Rozalba Medani: Head of the Department of Education Policy and Education at the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Mrs. Albana Hodaj Director of DAR in Vlora, Mr. Zef Preci and the Researchers from ACER. We also thank Mrs Edlira Gjoni for moderating the conference, the Board of MWL Education who led this work to its completion,  Mrs. Brikena Puka Executive Director in Vatra who assisted us with her local knowledge and Mr. Shaban Mehmeti Deputy Mayor of Vlora for his presence and carefully constructed words. We are grateful to all for such great collaboration throughout this process.

Please find below the most important issues which were discussed by the audience in the conference:


The participants were: Teachers from Vlora, Fier, Gjirokastra, Tepelena, Berat, Durres, Elbasan etc; Parents form Vlora; Students from Vlora

The participants discussed in round tables about the questions which were displayed on the monitor then they came up with their own comments and questions addressed to the reps from the MASR, MWL and ACER. The following are the issues discussed in the last part of the conference.

  • 1. The material delivered to the participants was welcomed by them.
  • 2. There should be a close relation among teachers, psychologist, social workers, parents, teachers, students, and the community.
  • 3. The Code of Family and the Code of Ethics have to be applied in the family, first.
  • 4. Teachers, parents and students have to be informed about the by laws not only via emails or internet, but they have to be provided with these documents in their schools, where they teach and where their children learn.
  • 5. The subjects that treat ethics in classes are not enough to educate the students in the schools, but all the teachers should find ways to teach ethic during their teaching in/out their classes in order to prepare their students for their future life.
  • 6. Ethical issues have to be included in the school Curriculum & Syllabus.
  • 7. The code of Ethics have to be applied in a vertical way (from top-down).
  • 8. To take preventive measures for violating the code of ethics.
  • 9. To make our students aware of the importance of the ethical issues in our education system.
  • 10. There has to be a special subject on the Code of Ethics in all the universities in Albania.
  • 11. What tools and ways is the MASR going to take and use in order to involve parents in policy decision and policy making?
  • 12. MASR, IZHA and all the NGOs have to do trainings on the Code of Ethics.
  • 13. Assistant teachers have to be professionals and they have to attend regular trainings on ethics side by side with their subjects.
  • 14. The best parenting has to be promoted by MASR and other NGOs.
  • 15. Teachers have to be strong, transparent and with dignity to defend their rights and actions on ethical issues in their schools.
  • 16. Mothers and fathers have to be trained in ethical issues.
  • 17. The Report on Ethics has to be used by the professional networks.
  • 18. MWL has to prepare a tool kit for teachers in the Kindergarden and elementary schools with different activities with Dos and Don’ts.

Hoping all these findings from the participants’ comments will help MWL and MAS to come up with a detailed action plan on teacher and parent training and we wish great success in the endeavor to develop a greater ethical Education System in Albania.

Please click here to read the study report “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in English.

Ju lutem klikoni këtu për të lexuar raportin studimor “Etika në Sistemin Arsimor në Shqipëri”, në shqip.

Please find below a reportage done by the local media in Vlora and some photos of the event:





Published Date: 30th October 2018
Category: Last Media News, Latest media news, Mary Ward Loreto Education Project, NGO News