Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Unaccompanied minors who are either seeking asylum or have been recognised as refugees and are residing at Dar il-Liedna or Hal Far Tent Village have received books, games, puzzles and several board games which will be used in the common areas of the centres.
The gifts were donated by Malta-based humanitarian NGO MOAS which coordinated with the Agency for the Welfare of the Asylum Seekers known as AWAS.
In a statement on Friday, MOAS said that it delivered a total of 150 books, 3 game consoles with controllers and videogames, two televisions, over ten puzzles and several board games to individuals under the age of 18 who have arrived in Malta alone without their parents, relatives or siblings.
The games will be used in the common areas to help the children socialise, learn and have some fun.
MOAS’s hope that the donation of the books can become the first step for the creation of a library in the centres – a space of intercultural and interreligious dialogue where friendship and peace can flourish.
The donation also included 150 toiletry kits consisting of shower gel, shampoo, towel, hand-wash antibacterial, toothbrush and toothpaste – as a gift for each individual hosted in the centres.
MOAS said that the donation has been possible thanks to the support of Betclic Group and of their donors.
“With this donation, we would like to spread a message of hope, brotherhood and love. We wish to make Christmas a moment of happiness and joy. In these difficult times, MOAS is grateful to Betclic Group, and all our donors for their support in this initiative, as it is paramount to show solidarity toward the most vulnerable people. We hope that this initiative of creative cooperation would help to improve the integration of these kids and adolescents in our society, so that they will have the chance to create a future and become meaningful part of the society. We believe that diversity should be converted from a barrier into a source of mutual enrichment and understanding,” MOAS director Regina Catrambone said.
“Giving Back is good for the soul and at Betclic Group we are driven by social responsibility towards the community in general. To do its part during this Christmas period, Betclic Group (Malta) decided to support MOAS since we believe that we have a duty towards our immigrant community and only by helping and supporting them, they can eventually be able to contribute towards our society, be it from a social cultural point of view and also from an economical point of view. In this regards Betclic Group has helped in providing MOAS with suitable books and other board games to be able to build up a library for the young adolescents group within their centres. Betclic also thought to donate a personal toiletry kit as a little Christmas gift to each individual,” Geraldine Gilford, Head of HR & OFM (Malta) at Betclic, said.