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.


The work development with our women in Hoti I ri, Shkoder, 18, July 2018.

 

The MWLW Hot I Ri group has come together and collaborated on the development of social and economic activities. Women gather daily at the MWL Center. The women work with postcards and candle making while caring for their social health, collectively, and supporting each other.

The women have also been reflecting on new perspectives and ideas for initiating economic activities. They want to learn and practice new skills that will help them not only in capacity building but also in providing more income for their families. Production of fragrant artisanal soap products is being considered as a very interesting opportunity  for the women to pursue with the support of MWL. To continue to do good things, we often have to stop, reflect, and analyze. Only then can we “grow up”!

“Meeting with Psychologists of Kukes Region (Tropoja, Kukes, Has) and “Psychologist’s Order for the North” Lule

Institution building and information is a direct indicator of increasing the quality of service to the community, so MWL considers this a very important investment of our efforts. This was also the initiative of close collaboration of MWL with The Order of Psychologists in the region of Shkodra.

On June 14, in the city of Bajram Curri, an informative meeting was organized with the District psychologists. There are 15 psychologists in Kukes, Has and Tropoja, from various institutions including DAR (Regional Educational Directorate), ZA (Educational Offices), DSHP, Police etc.

In this meeting there was discussion of the licensing procedures in the Psychologist’s Order, the professional practices, and the difficulties that the psychologists of the area experience in receiving institutional support and representation from the Order. It also addressed the importance of increasing the quality and ethics in the services offered  to public institutions.


The work development with our women in Hoti I ri, Shkoder.

The MWLW Hot I Ri group has come together and collaborated on the development of social and economic activities. Women gather daily at the MWL Center. The women work with postcards and candle making while caring for their social health, collectively, and supporting each other.

The women have also been reflecting on new perspectives and ideas for initiating economic activities. They want to learn and practice new skills that will help them not only in capacity building but also in providing more income for their families. Production of fragrant artisanal soap products is being considered as a very interesting opportunity  for the women to pursue with the support of MWL. To continue to do good things, we often have to stop, reflect, and analyze. Only then can we “grow up”!

“Meeting with Psychologists of Kukes Region (Tropoja, Kukes, Has) and “Psychologist’s Order for the North” Lule

Institution building and information is a direct indicator of increasing the quality of service to the community, so MWL considers this a very important investment of our efforts. This was also the initiative of close collaboration of MWL with The Order of Psychologists in the region of Shkodra.

On June 14, in the city of Bajram Curri, an informative meeting was organized with the District psychologists. There are 15 psychologists in Kukes, Has and Tropoja, from various institutions including DAR (Regional Educational Directorate), ZA (Educational Offices), DSHP, Police etc.

In this meeting there was discussion of the licensing procedures in the Psychologist’s Order, the professional practices, and the difficulties that the psychologists of the area experience in receiving institutional support and representation from the Order. It also addressed the importance of increasing the quality and ethics in the services offered  to public institutions.


A story of a young girl in Hoti Ri. 

MWL is supporting one of the girls of the MWL Women’s group in Hoti I Ri, Shkodra, who has been living in bad economic conditions.The girl lives alone since her parents’ death and has no way of supporting herself. She has never received social economic assistance.She was the care giver for her mother until she died.

MWL supported her with psychological therapy for three months, because of her psychological and emotional struggles.Today, she is improving psychologically, working a summer job at a hotel as a house keeper on the Velipoja coast, and enjoys her job. She thanks MWL Women Project for all the support given during this period of time.   Now, MWL is struggling to find another employment opportunity for her to have a steady income.


The Broad Based Organising initiative in Shkodra.

In the framework of the Broad Based Organising initiative, on the 11th of April I met Alminda Memen, Executive Director, along with the Project Directors at the Aarhus Center in the Municipality of Shkoder, which allowed me to get oriented and informed me of the correct procedure for initiating this project.

I organized meetings with key people in the community, including the Municipal Administrator Mr. Vlach Peter, Prefect Mr. Leke Miri, as well as one of the journalists of Radio Marija in Shkodra’s Families, who was ready to help with this initiative. They have all promised to help move this initiative along. The next step was to complete a petition where I obtained the signature and ID of the eight women’s communities who agreed to this initiative— around 200 signatures in all. This petition was addressed to the Director of Environment Affairs of Shkoder, Mr. Alfred Luleta, who in the end promised us that he would record the petition in a timely fashion. I had two meetings in his office and telephoned you to keep you informed about how things are going so that you can understand our determination and seriousness in this matter. Today, on May 5, 2017, the first 17 community garbage bins were placed in the community, with the promise that in the short term all neighborhoods will be equipped with garbage bins.  Garbage bin collection will be done 3 times a week; waste disposal will be done at the Bushat Shkoder Landfill. The next issue will be that of checking the drinking water, for which we have to prepare a request to the Public Health Department to establish drinking water quality control.

Developing the markets and crafts, Hot I Ri.

In the MWL Centre of Hot Ri the women are becoming more and more proactive, not only in the increase of quality and designs of the embroidered cards, but also in becoming more engaged in finding new markets to sell. They have already established a collaboration with the Shkodra Post Office who has agreed to help sell 100 cards each month. Finding new markets is the biggest challenge. Other businesses have been contacted, especially the big commercial centres in Tirana, and they will continue to network here till they have confirmation. But above all the most important is the change that this centre and particularly this activity, has brought into the women’s lives. This centre has become their place of comfort, stress relief and hope. Antoneta, is one of the women that frequently visits the centre. She works as a sales woman in a market in the village, has 4 children and the other women say that she is an excellent cook. She was feeling very lonely, so she started to come to the centre to learn to embroider cards. It was hard for her in the beginning as crafting was never her forte, as she would say, but she was determined to be part of the group. She took part in every activity developed at the centre, never missing one. The positivity of her interaction and  her willingness to help other women in finding work, made her one of the best models that we have in our centre. I believe in role models to encourage successful actions in people’s lives and community approaches.

 


Mary Ward Loreto brings hope to all they work with in Albania.

Thousands of lives have been improved.

We are proud to be supporting this amazing work.