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.

Mary Ward Loreto in UK

Led by its Founder President Sister Imelda Poole IBVM MBE- who is also a member of the English Province of the Loreto Sisters who have from the beginning provided a home and a supportive base for MWL – the Mary Ward Foundation has its own developing presence in the UK, which suffers from Albanian human trafficking more than most other countries. In fact UK is the second most trafficked country in Europe. Working cross-border between both Albania and UK is critical to rescuing victims and stamping out this crime. And Sister Imelda and her team have been working to this end for the last 15 years.


MWL Friends in UK


UK Friends of The Mary Ward Loreto Foundation

Uniting Britain and Albania against human trafficking

Britain is the second most trafficked country in Europe. Nearly 150,000 victims end up here each year.  Over 00% of them are from Albania: mostly women and young girls. They have been lured, under the promise of  money and a better life, into prostitution, forced labour and marriage, selling drugs and ultimately destitution,  by Albanian trafficking gangs who control a lion’s share of this vast criminal network.

But not all Albanians are gangsters.

MWL- the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation – is based in Albania with a strong presence throughout Britain – and is fighting the battle against trafficking on both fronts.

In Albania it has six centres for counselling potential victims, rescuing and restoring victims back to their homes or to a new life, generating social businesses, dispensing counselling, psychological therapies, legal , family and accommodation advice.

In Britain it provides absolutely vital online counselling services through their experts in Albania- in Albanian as usually necessary for the victims – and also works through a wide number of local British charities, shelters, community organisations, housing and law centres to help deliver  rescue and protection for victims and potential victims. It also helps victims access legal advice and legal aid and helps them prepare  and cooperate in all-important court hearings and subsequent prosecutions of traffickers.


£1000 could pay for

– a year’s worth of sufficient training materials, stationery and equipment needed for the centres to develop activities and support a group of vulnerable young people in vocational training and acquiring key skills.

£2500 could pay  a year’s costs for each of the following:

– Transport costs for beneficiaries to attend vocational trainings including MWL vehicle maintenance especially due to travel in and out of remote mountainous areas

 – a summer camp for youngsters with a programme of leadership and community activities in one area designated at risk of human trafficking

– food packages for 2 families

– Vocational training for two young adults

£5000 could pay for

  • a salary for an MWL social worker to work with victims or potential victims for a year
  • a year’s education costs for three girls living in a vulnerable environment
  • medical expenses for three women and children who are at risk kin life threatening conditions
  • rescue operations for two women, including accommodation until they have been re-integrated into the labour market and are self-sufficient financially
  • – a vehicle -suitable to enable MWL workers to access remote areas to support victims and potential victims in the most isolated and vulnerable communities

£10,000 could pay for

–  a full leadership training programme in two separate areas of Albania – for young women (or men)  to realise their potential and become a force for change within their own communities

–  two social-enterprise or cooperative businesses run by MWL, sustaining at least 20 young people in danger of exploitation

–  a year’s full servicing and  maintenance of the  MWL website and IT comms systems

– one year’s salary for two social workers

–  a full year’s ongoing medical and social-worker assistance for at least 5 at-risk women

£20,000 could pay for

  • The costs of an Advice Centre for a year. Coordinating prevention and rescue work for potential victims. One Centre in each area of Albania would maintain support infrastructures for at least 200 people.
  • A roll-out training- for- employment programme, aimed at youngsters living in vulnerable and remote environments – offering employment opportunities and enabling them to avoid being tempted by endless so-called offers of “migration”
  • One year’s salary cost for three psychologists supporting potential trafficking victims with their abuse traumas



£5,000 could pay for

  • Six months’ worth of online counselling services from our headquarters in Albania into Britain, directly contacting and supporting trafficked victims and potential victims wherever they may be and whatever their situation

£10,000 could pay for

  • Travel, visa, and accommodation costs for an MWL psychologist to make two extensive visits in a year -to Britain, conducting 121 sessions with Albanian survivors in UK shelters
  • A team of two/three leading Albania-based experts to visit Britain to meet with leaders of the Albanian communities. Engage them into co-operation.  Increase their understanding of the “false myth” of migration to UK  being offered victims back home in Albania; and of the catastrophic personal outcomes for eventual trafficking victims..  So that Albanians abroad, particularly in UK, as well as those at home, become more  proactive in working to help stamp out their notorious trafficking industry. So that they recognising their homeland is condemned by much of the civilised world as a centre of organised crime of the worst type and that momentum is growing across the world to wipe their activities out.

£20,000 could pay for

  • One year’s upkeep of a co-ordinating and advice centre for our work in Britain 


MWL UK Partnerships



Crossborder Mission


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