HELP A GREAT INITIATIVE DURING COVID-19
Wish to make a donation to help those in need? Below is a list of fantastic initiatives that are reaching out for support to be able to continue the great work that they are doing.
FOOD BANKS & MEALS
FOODBANK LIFELINE FOUNDATION
Supplying food to Malta’s most vulnerable families
Foodbank Lifeline Foundation supplies a variety of food packs to the most vulnerable families in Malta, which are all referred to them by various entities, such as Apogg, Leap, Caritas, St Jeanne Antide, Oncology department. They had about 650 families registered and, prior to COVID-19, were seeing an average of 150 families collecting weekly grocery packs. Since Covid19, they have seen a dramatic increase in numbers to almost 300 - 400 families. Financial donations help them to keep their shelves stocked to be able to prepare the weekly food packs for families and individuals in need.
MALTA TRUST FOUNDATION
Food Aid Project - Feeding those in need
Malta Trust Foundation has already received 3,000 requests for help as the economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic further destabilises the vulnerable and poor in society. The Malta Trust Foundation is collaborating with NGOs — such as Caritas, the Millennium Chapel, Little Sisters of the Poor, Richmond Foundation, St Jeanne Antide and Gozo’s Foundation for Social Welfare, among others — to provide food supplies to vulnerable families as their resources are overstretched as they struggle to help the increasing number of people coming forward. Help them feed those in need.
Nirbħu l-Ġuħ - Feeding Families In Need
Victory Kitchen is a food charity operating through a network of local restaurants, social workers, and logistics companies. These have joined forces to create a sustainable and long-term plan of delivering food to those families hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Victory Kitchen translates humble food into hope, faith, and courage for those who might otherwise remain hungry. To date, Victory Kitchen has helped over 6,700 families by providing over 19,700 meals.
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JRS - JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICES MALTA
Covid19 Emergency Appeal: Help JRS Support Refugees Affected By The Pandemic
JRS Malta have set up a COVID-19 Emergency Appeal to support forced migrants affected by the pandemic. This situation has dealt a further blow to those who were already struggling to survive, particularly those who cannot access financial support from the state. With your support, we can support vulnerable individuals in the community by helping with basic necessities and emergency living expenses.
ST JEANNE ANTIDE FOUNDATION
Supplying personal and home hygiene products for families in need
The Jeanne Antide Foundation has, over the years, supplemented the insufficient incomes of families through the supply of personal and home hygiene products. For many families, food, toiletries and home hygiene items supplied by us have meant fending off eviction. At this time of crisis, many vulnerable families are facing difficulties in keeping up with daily necessities. This campaign is held to make sure no one suffers and is given help with their basic needs.
They are now requesting donations for this initiative. It is especially relevant now more than ever - for obvious reasons. We tend to take toiletries for granted but many vulnerable families are not so lucky. Visit their website to see how you can help.
Assisting the increasing number of persons socio-economically affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Kopin is committed to supporting marginalised communities, including immigrants. Together with other social NGOs, Kopin is trying to address challenges such as homelessness, lack of basic goods, lack of access to (online) education and other needs exacerbated by the current pandemic. Due to the current situation, Kopin’s income has decreased, for which we are asking for your kind support to help Kopin help others.
Empowering and supporting survivros of domestic violence
SOAR, at the St Jeanne Antide Foundation, is a survivor-led service that works towards enabling survivors of violence in intimate relationships and domestic violence to become empowered to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives with resilience, dignity and well-being. Their service prioritises authentic inclusion, peer-support, appreciation for lived experience and social justice.
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Giving the Gift of Therapy to those in need
Victim Support Malta (VSM) is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation which provides support and assistance to victims of crime, such as theft and burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and cybercrime. During Covid-19, victims of domestic violence are in even greater danger. Unfortunately, the situation has affected their fundraising methods, so any support will enable them to keep providing free emotional support to victims of abuse.
VICTIM SUPPORT MALTA
Enable Victim Support Malta to continue providing free emotional support to victims of crime
Victim Support Malta (VSM) is a registered Non-Governmental Organisation which provides support and assistance to victims of crime, such as theft and burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, discrimination and cybercrime. During Covid-19, victims of domestic violence are in even greater danger. Unfortunately, the situation has affected Victim Support Malta's fundraising methods, so any support will enable them to keep providing free emotional support to victims of abuse.
FIDEM CHARITY FOUNDATION
Supporting and Promoting the wellbeing of the Community
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIDEM Charity Foundation set up a “Hear to Help” Helpline to support community wellbeing and legal aid concerns. Through this Helpline, FIDEM soon learned one of the most frequent wellbeing concerns of their callers was loneliness, particularly amongst older people. They therefore decided to set up an innovative new project called We Connect, with the aim of providing a free online platform with expert wellbeing guidance and immediate support services for their community members. These services will combine with enriching access to arts and culture, educational opportunities and entertainment experiences to further promote wellbeing and fulfilment. Make a donation to FIDEM to enable them to continue their work.
Reaching out to individuals with disabilities
Inspire reaches out to individuals with various disabilities including autism, profound neurological and learning difficulties, behaviour that challenges and others, to support them and their families. With COVID-19, they have adapted their work to still be able to reach their clients and ensure no individual or family is left behind or negatively impacted during this time. With a lot of their income revenue streams being closed due to COVID-19, they are relying on donations to continue their work. Help them be able to continue their support to persons with disabilities.
ID-DAR TAL- PROVIDENZA
Residential Services to People with Disabilities
Id-Dar tal-Providenza was founded with the aim of offering individualised residential services to Persons with Disabilities in a family-like environment. Id-Dar currently hosts approximately hundred and fifteen persons and also offers respite services on a regular basis to families of persons with disabilities. Dar tal-Providenza depends on donations to fund the costs, which total €4.5 million annually, associated with providing the services it offers. In the current COVID-19 environment, the expenses have increased in view of the additional sanitary and monitoring measures required and the flow of donations has slowed down considerably. Furthermore, the annual volleyball marathon, which raises circa €500K, has been cancelled.
Involving adults with intellectual disabilities in artistic sector
Opening Doors Association is a non-governmental, not-for-profit arts organisation that works for the active involvement of adults with intellectual disabilities in the artistic sector. They run performing arts sessions in dance, theatre and music, produce performances and organise Open-Air Jams in various localities in Malta and Gozo. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, OD’s Music, Dance and Theatre sessions are being continued through video conferencing, phone or social media.
Providing palliative care services
Hospice Malta’s primary role is to provide and promote palliative care services free of charge to patients suffering from cancer, motor-neuron disease, end-of-life, cardiac, respiratory, renal and liver diseases. Today Hospice Malta helps more than 1,300 families per year. An 11,000 square metre property, which was handed over to Hospice Malta by the Archdiocese of Malta, will become Malta’s first Hospice Complex. The property will house a day therapy unit, in-patient rooms for short-term stays, outdoor garden areas as well as an education department. Hospice Malta is currently raising funds for this brand-new complex which will enable them to continue to offer and improve their palliative services.
Construction of a new and bigger DAR Bjorn
ALS Malta and Dar Bjorn offer services to more than 500 people affected by ALS and other Neurological conditions, completely free of charge. After the success of the first DAR Bjorn in Qormi, ALS Malta are building a second Community, a high tech medical nursing residence with state of the art facilities that will help provide a prolonged and better quality of life for neurological patients in Malta. This €5 million project is in its construction phase and funds are needed to finish and launch the project by end 2021.
AAA - ASSOCIATION FOR ABANDONED ANIMALS
Help rescued dogs enjoy a safe place to live until re-homed
The Association for Abandoned Animals is a non-profit organisation established as a dog shelter to provide rescued dogs with a safe place to live until being re-homed. Due to the COVID-19 situation, it has become much harder to manage the Sanctuary both financially and operationally. In addition, people can no longer visit the sanctuary and so the food and monetary donations are considerably low compared to the norm.
Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals is the oldest animal welfare and homing centre on the island. Their main aim is geared towards re-homing animals and their policy is to give them the very best in love, care and attention. MSPCA is now raising funds to refurbish their Charity Shops, which not only help support the management of their Floriana Re-homing Centre, but have also contributed to effective ways of recycling usable goods and providing affordable items for the public.