Just now, thanks to our newly appointed development officer, we have presented the last six months report (cf www.albaniahope.com). 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?
We face the problems of poor infrastructures in the vulnerable regions, a lack of human and monetary resources, poor statutory systems, slow response from local and national government for partnerships to forward this work and especially the work of transforming the systems which create such confusion. These factors corporately enslave people in poverty, hopelessness and helplessness. Yet, despites all of these problems, the work bears fruit in abundance and especially in the work of freeing the enslaved from the trap of poverty and helplessness.
Thousands of Albanian people, women, men and youth have been touched by this mission of prevention in human and economic empowerment. Many more are slowly coming through the painful and harrowing experiences of exploitation and abuse, through therapy, social care and constant accompaniment. MWL is grateful for the many partnerships already made, supports given by many statutory and non-statutory systems and our donors, board members and friends who stay close. We are always in need but never without support.
Imelda Poole IBVM (President MWL)