RENATE Members Ana Stakaj and Annie Bannister attended the 19th Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons organized by OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, from April 8th to the 9th 2019, in Vienna.
The focus of the two-day conference was how technology can be developed, harmonized, and deployed to help combat all forms of human trafficking. More than 400 participants across the OSCE’s 57 participating States and the Partners for Co-operation were present.
Although great progress has been achieved in combating human trafficking over the last two decades, traffickers have learned to use technology to recruit, control and exploit victims more efficiently and at a greater scale, as mentioned by the event’s opening speakers.
The OSCE Alliance Against Trafficking in Persons is a unique global platform that lays the foundation for policy action on emerging issues and trends in trafficking, shedding light on challenges and opportunities across the OSCE network. The meeting highlighted contemporary approaches and promising practices of how to use technology to support victims and break the vicious cycle of human trafficking.
Sourced from OSCE report: https://www.osce.org/secretariat/416744
Peace Corps is an American Governmental Program whose mission is to promote peace and friendship in the world through social and economic development abroad. In Albania, the Peace Corps aims to promote the Albanian and American cultures. A 3-day conference was held to initiate the new volunteer group that will serve in Albania for the next 2 years.MWL, as one of the Peace Corps associates, was represented at this conference by Lulzime Gjyriqi, the Social Worker in the area of Tropoja, who will be serving as a “counterpart” to one of the volunteers. During the two days of intensive training, counterparts, volunteers, colleagues of institutions, and institutions were all taught how to work with each other to make these 2 years successful. On the third day, the 36 American volunteers participated in the oath ceremony.
The ceremony was overseen by United States Charge d’Affaires Leyla Moses-Ones who administered the oath and Peace Corps Country Director Kate Becker who led the Volunteers in the Peace Corps’ pledge of service. The ceremony included speeches, singing, and traditional dancing from the newly sworn volunteers and community members. The volunteers were congratulated for their spirit of volunteerism and the role they play as global citizens.
Volunteer Paymun Jahangiri, who is working in the Community and Organizational Development Sector, will be working closely with Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. 2 other volunteers will work closely with the educational institutions of Tropoja.
The Mary Ward Loreto Education Project celebrated the fruits of this project called “Service Learning” on Monday, January 7th in Lezhe, in Northern Albania. This is where the project was implemented as a pilot project under the leadership of MWL and in joint partnership with the Rogationist school and the local community. Besides the training of all staff in the pilot school, parents became involved and many of the higher students were trained and became the leaders of the action. Two community initiatives were successfully implemented: “Bullying in schools” and “Remembrance not to forget”. The last one was a project dedicated to the terrible impact which the communist regime had specifically, for this project, on the community of Lezhe. Albanians had suffered for 50 years from the tyrannical rule of this Communist regime. The fruits of this initiative were celebrated on the day with local partners, schools, education authorities, parents as well as community members of Lezha.
The project aimed to actively engage the students in solving real problems in the community through projects undertaken and implemented by them. It also helped to improve their communication skills and other aspects of personal development especially in deepening their ability to reflect and work with others and to become active members of the community. It helped both students, school and the community to work together and not to remain in isolation.
This project revealed that the methodology of Service Learning, initiated by CLAYSS in Argentina, as an excellent way to learn through dialogue, reflection and active service, engaging students to acquire new knowledge not only for their personal benefit but also for the benefit of the whole community. The Local Regional Education authorities welcomed the methodology and expressed their gratitude as well as their readiness to collaborate and promote every initiative that promotes a qualitative learning process.
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Aferdita Gjoni: Project Coordinator Mary Ward Loreto
Each 5th of September marks the celebration of Saint Teresa’s Sanctification Day in Albania. Mother Teresa officially became “Saint Teresa of Kolkata” on the 5th of September 2016, which was 19 years to the day after her passing in 1997.
Saint Teresa Sanctification Day is considered a public holiday, which is a highly significant event for the people of Albania.
Born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1910, Mother Teresa’s given name was Anjeza Gonxhe Bojaxhiu. Mother Teresa held Indian citizenship and founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in 1950. For almost 50 years she ministered to the dying, orphaned, sick, and poor in India and also in other countries.
Albanians do not work on this day. While Albania does not have an official religion and considers all religions equal, the people are proud of the legacy that Saint Teresa left as a Catholic nun. On this day, many Albanians attend mass to celebrate Saint Teresa’s memory. They also pray novenas asking for help from the Saint for their problems or causes.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a link of Albania with the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation. She became a Loreto nun in 1928 and served in the Loreto mission in India for twenty years before founding her own congregation “The Missionaries of Charity”. Now Mary Ward’s Congregation serves in every continent in the world, mainly through the mission of education and justice, enabling people to reach the potential which they were created to achieve.
Mother Teresa spent 20 years as a Loreto Sister. All through her life the ties and friendship between herself and the Institute remained firm, and she was personally known to many of our sisters, especially in India. Much has been written about Mother Teresa over the years, and many books, films and documentaries have been produced.
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The award ceremony took place on March 15 in Bristol. The short film competition was announced by the organisation Unchosen who use the power of film in fight against-modern slavery.
“Ivan died at the age of 48, at the consequences of the disease less than two years after his rescue. It was on February 7, 2016 – the eve of Saint Bakhita´s Day, the patron of trafficked victims….”
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