Government to financially assist shelter for expectant mothers

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Life Network Foundation which manages Dar tgħanniqa ta’ Omm will receive €130,000 in funds after it signed a financial agreement with the Social Solidarity Ministry.

The shelter managed by the pro-life organisation is aimed at helping pregnant women who are in a problematic situation and choose life over abortion. The Ministry will be allocating €130,000 in funds over three years to the shelter.

Mothers seek shelter, support and guidance on how to raise their newborn whilst residing in the residence, and some mothers remain living at the shelter even once their child is born.

The funds will cover wages, upkeep of the shelter, day to day expenses, training and support.

Social Solidarity Minister Michael Falzon explained that the idea to financially assist the shelter came about after paying a personal visit to the shelter. He said that he was shocked at the number of women who sought abortion overseas.

Falzon remarked that despite the budget had been already planned, the Ministry managed to allocate funds to the organisation. He added that for the first time through such a cooperation the government will be assisting pregnant women deemed to be vulnerable through programmes.

The Life Line Malta Foundation has provided 570 hours of counselling with pregnant women and donated basic needs including food, nappies, hospital bags and blankets to 38 families. The foundation also assisted five women during the maternity programme while four babies were born at the shelter while another nine babies will be born over the coming weeks.