Children in residential care design OPM’s Christmas cards

Clifton Fenech (DOI)

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The designs of four children living in care homes have been chosen for the Christmas cards that are being mailed by the Office of the Prime Minister this year.

Over 50 proposals were made by children in care homes in response to a call made by Prime Minister Robert Abela’s spouse Lydia, which were evaluated by a board made up of members of Arts Council Malta. The winning designs were submitted by children who live at the Ursuline Creche, St Joseph’s Home in Santa Venera, Warm Haven and Sempre Viva.

The project was an initiative carried out in collaboration with the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, and the children living in every participating care home are being granted the opportunity to attend art lessons to develop their talent further.

All the proposed designs are being exhibited at the Spazju Kreattiv, where Abela observed that the children recognised the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic but nevertheless expressed hope for a better future. She said that she was particularly drawn to one of the chosen cards’ messages – “while we are all different, we all need each other to flourish.”

Commissioner for Children Pauline Miceli welcomed the initiative, noting how the Christmas messages were being made by children themselves.