Introduction to MWL Summer Newsletter, July 2019.
On behalf of the Mary Ward Loreto staff, and at this time of the year, we would like to express our gratitude to the huge numbers of supporters who have painstakingly stayed close to us over these six years. These people know who they are: donors, small and great, volunteers, advisors and mentors, partners, colleagues and always to be congratulated, our friends in the field, who have shown their resilience and stamina in working with us to build their own human and economic empowerment and who stand with us always as we work together to combat human trafficking.
This newsletter comes at a time when MWL is struggling financially but we stay focused on the wonderful work being accomplished and trust as always that ‘all will be well’. We reach out as wide and as far as possible and we call on all our friends and benefactors to look out to how you can continue to stay close and support us during these lean times.
You will read in this newsletter many amazing stories of the work accomplished with those on the margins up and down Albania and also stories of training and awareness raising against Human Trafficking. These trainings have been extended to the hotel staff, tourism and health specialists. We join with RENATE in the work within Albania in capacity building for those members who work on the cutting edge in the field, with those suffering from trauma and who have been abused by the buyers and the exploited women, children and men, in and outside of Albania.
This is the time for the closing of an era at Mary Ward Loreto and the ending of gender based projects. Now we move slowly to the transformation, in the work of Mary Ward Loreto, to community based work within and extended from local Advice and Service Centres in six regions of Albania: Tropoje, Shkoder, Lezhe, Tirana, Lushnje and Konispol in the south, near to Saranda and on the Greek border. We look forward to sharing with you the new developments into the future and the manner in which we have been enabled to accomplish this mission against Human Trafficking in ways which have been led from the grass roots and inspired by all.