Archbishop Scicluna blesses a commemorative stone at Caritas Malta’s new therapeutic centre

Luke Zerafa

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna blessed the commemorative stone at the new therapeutic center for adolescents, ‘Tal-Ibwar’ at Ta’ Kandja, on Friday. The therapeutic center will be operated by Caritas Malta.

During a press conference on Friday morning, Archbishop Scicluna thanked Caritas Malta for its invaluable work in the Maltese society as well as the State for the trust shown in the organisation’s work as it entrusted Caritas Malta with the project.

Mgr Scicluna stated that aiding youths with troubled past is an investment. The Archbishop concluded by promising that whoever passed through the services provided by the new therapeutic center will become a better person.

Caritas Malta Director Anthony Gatt thanked President Emeritus George Abela who will be in charge of the project. Explaining the project, Gatt said that the center will include sport facilities, animal-assisted therapy, as well as an area dedicated to agriculture.

Minister for Social Solidarity Michael Falzon stated that the Government will be investing €3.3 million and the center will host a maximum of twenty people at a time.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said that apart from the infrastructural works currently going on at the center, those who will be employed at the center will receive training specifically to be able to work with children.  Muscat explained that to this end, there was a visit to Ireland to learn more about best work practices. The Prime Minister said such projects illustrate that the Church and the State have different functions but can also work together.