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 Youth Support


The Feast of Kallmet Wine.


On Sunday, the people of Kallmet came together to celebrate their culture in a bright a colorful display. On September 15th, children, young people, women, men and local businesses came together to celebrate the Feast of Kallmet Wine. Also, on this day, the local people celebrate the feast of Saint Eufemia. Kallmet is very famous for grapes, wine, olives, and a very rich culture.

This celebration was made possible due to the need to keep local traditions alive through the engagement of local people, schools, and the local government. Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is implementing this project in the framework of the ReLoad Project funded by EU in partnership with the Municipality of Lezhe and UNDP, aiming to promote the touristic potential of the communities of Lezha.


Published Date: 19th September 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Partnerships, Mary Ward Loreto Youth Support, NGO News



Support Albanian Youth

Albania’s youth, who represent the largest segment of the population (15-20%), have been hit the hardest by unemployment and poor job prospects.

A society’s youth plays a decisive role in molding the identity and determining the position of each individual in their community. This can only come about through achieving high education goals and employment which allows the youth to reach their capacity. When this is achieved youth stand a good chance of being happy and fulfilled, paving the way for the future in Albania.



Beyond their role as representatives of the most vital part of the labour force, the youth also possess the ability to enhance society and to enable a nation to produce at both the technical and manual level to the highest capacity.

This is the fourth year that we are running this program. So far, 134 young people have been part of our program and more than 60 % of them got employed at the end of the program and we follow up the youth of the previous year’s till they are employed.

This year they are other 73 youth part of this program from 4 areas (Lushnja, Rreshen, Puka, and Shkodra).

They will benefit from this program through:

  1. Orientation and realization of Vocational Training courses according to each young person’s choice;
  2. Intermediation with businesses and work experience;
  3. tool kits for those who will graduate;
  4. Education through community actions proposed by youth;
  5. Training on job search and Entrepreneurship;
  6. Socializing activities;
  7. Vacancy advises and follow up towards employment.
  8. Human development trainings focused on prevention and fighting human trafficking and against any form of discrimination;
  9. Involvement and organizing Human Anti-trafficking Campaigns

We need 32200 GBP to realize the whole program with the youth.

Are you ready to become part and source of our mission?




Published Date: 1st July 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Latest Happenings, Mary Ward Loreto Youth Support



Capacity Building and Mechanisms to Identify and Protect Migrants in the Western Balkans, 28th of May, 2019.

On May 28th, a very important training took place in Kukes. This training was in line with the project “Capacity Building and Mechanisms for Identification and Protection of Migrant Groups in the Western Balkans – Stage III”, organized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Persons, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This training was also in collaboration with members of the Regional Committee and the Anti-Trafficking Technical Roundtable, border police officers and the Local Police Directorate, and representatives from the county council. The municipality, social services, and non-public organizations operating in the county are all needed to collaborate together to increase the capacities for identifying, referring, protecting and assisting vulnerable groups in migratory flows.

In this training, MWL was represented by MWL Social Worker of Tropoja, Lulzime Gjyriqi, sharing the work of the Foundation Against Human Trafficking. She also shared with the table members the MWL research on migration, “Beyond the Borders”, launched in April 2019.

Participants showed much interest in the study’s results regarding migration.





Published Date: 10th June 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Youth Support





In the last two months of April and May, MWL has developed 9 awareness activities against human trafficking in 6 different cities of Albania.

These sessions were held in secondary schools according to the following tables:

a) Table of activities developed on awareness-raising sessions: Trafficking of Human Beings:

b) Table of awareness raising sessions developed: Impact of Social Media and Online Trafficking:

 Below are some photos during the awareness sessions:

Fuat Babani, Bilisht

Petro Nini Luarasi, Erseke

Spiro Gjiknuri, Himare

Bido Sejko,Konispol


Abaz Shehu,Tepelen

Deshmoret e Pojskes, Udenisht

 The methodology used for the realization of these sessions was non-formal through various engaging videos, visual images, and exercises to reflect and stimulate critical thinking about the information and phenomenon. These tools and teaching strategies allowed the young people to be interactive with the material during the 45-minute sessions.

Young people were informed about the phenomenon of human trafficking and modern slavery, the causes of this phenomenon in our society, how they can identify the signs of a potentially dangerous situation, and social media as one of the most widespread forms of online recruitment for victims of trafficking and exploitation.

327 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 participated in these sessions.

Prepared by Artemisa Aliaj.



Published Date: 5th June 2019
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Youth Support



Raising awareness training Against Trafficking in human Beings and Modern Slavery in Saranda.

Last week, MWL Youth traveled to Saranda for training sessions on raising awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The trainings were held in 2 gymnasiums in the city. The general gymnasium, “Hasan Tahsini”, has been cooperating with MWL for 4 years now. We always feel welcome in their school. The second gymnasium, “Anton Thanasi”, is at a school where one of the teachers asked for our services specifically on this topic, through the contacts on the foundation web site.  We are delighted that schools and their leaders recognize the need for raising awareness against this phenomenon for their students, whose age makes them more vulnerable to being at risk of it.






Published Date: 12th November 2018
Category: Mary Ward Loreto Against Human Trafficking, Mary Ward Loreto Youth Support