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Worldwide review: the most recent works of the Order
The global Activity Report of the Order 2019 (pdf)


Action to help the elderly poor in Caracas, Venezuela

The Order’s Venezuelan Association organises vital meals and plans a healthcare centre

Venezuelan Association supports elderly poor in Caracas
Venezuelan Association supports elderly poor in Caracas

The Order’s Venezuelan Association has set up a hot meal service for thirty disadvantaged elderly in the metropolitan district of Caracas. Led by President Gaspare Lavegas, this first stage of the support programme is now in place, with a second phase planned to provide a healthcare centre, staffed by doctors working with the Order. The Association was founded in 1957, following the Order’s mission to care for those in most need. 
Food and company for elderly poor in Caracas
     Food and company 

 Venezuela’s economic, social and political crisis has forced many people to leave the country. Since September 2018, the Order of Malta’s worldwide relief agency, Malteser International, has been providing aid and healthcare to thousands of refugees on the Colombia border.  

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Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Order’s London Breakfast Club

A hearty start to the day for the homeless guests

The Wednesday Breakfast Club menu
                                                                          Wednesday Breakfast Club menu

The Breakfast Club celebrated their 2nd Anniversary this month. In two years the service has gone from welcoming 4 to 47 homeless guests. Every Wednesday morning between 6 – 8am the homeless come to Golden Square, Soho, central London to enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast with showers on offer and the morning’s papers to leaf through. Volunteers from the Order of Malta and the Companions of the Order prepare the hot food, while others are on hand to chat with the guests. When the homeless guests leave at 8am, they are each given a sandwich for lunch – a great way to start the day.

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Snapshot of the Order of Malta’s actions around the world

Just published: Facts and Figures 2019/20

Small Syrian refugee now attends Malteser International-supported school in Turkey
Small Syrian refugee now attends Malteser International-supported school in Turkey
A ‘take away edition’ of the Order’s current worldwide activities – the Facts and Figures 2019 flyer - has just been published.

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The care crisis for thousands of Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Malteser International is providing medical care, survival kits - and now calls for more supply systems

Help for Venezuelan family in northern Colombia
Help for Venezuelan family in northern Colombia
Over a million Venezuelan refugees have poured into Colombia since last September, in search of sustenance, shelter and medical care, fleeing from poverty, scarcity of food and employment. ‘In northern Colombia the situation is dire,’ says Jelena Kaifenheim, Malteser International regional director for Latin America. ‘There are families living in parks, under bridges.’

 Malteser International is providing aid at a Hospital in the urban centre of Riohacha in Northern Colombia, and running mobile medical teams into remote rural villages, providing hygiene kits, agricultural equipment, food, and cash to very vulnerable families.

 What is urgently needed now from the international community, she says, is more doctors and more medicines.  

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First aid courses for rural areas in Scotland

The Order of Malta extends traditional primary support

Caithness - first aid training for families in rural areas
Caithness - first aid training for families in rural areas
In the isolated rural area of Caithness, Companions of the Order have been running free first aid courses for young families. This year they have added visits to a primary school to teach the children and parents during their After School Club. 

The initiative is a traditional one in the Order of Malta, where trained volunteer first aiders operate in 33 countries in Europe and the Americas. 

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130 Order first-aiders attend World Youth Day in Panama

Grand Hospitaller leads the young volunteer team

Panama World Youth Day Mass-Grand Hospitaller greets the Pope
                                Panama World Youth Day Mass-Grand Hospitaller greets the Pope

Order of Malta volunteer first aiders from Italy, Germany and France were among the 600,000 young people who attended the Panama events. The Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel led the Order’s delegation. 

All the volunteers are specialised in accident and emergency care, and were in attendance at all the main events, working closely with the Panamanian first-aid, civil defence and fire-fighting services, and with the Vatican Gendarmerie Corps and Swiss Guards. Pope Francis expressed his appreciation for the Order of Malta’s medical assistance during the events.

Most treatments resulted from reactions to the high temperatures, such as dehydration and exhaustion, and twists and strains following falls. 

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Fundraiser for programmes for disabled young adults and children kicks off the year

The Order of Malta Volunteers’ annual White Knights Ball in London welcomed a thousand guests

White Knights Ball, Grosvenor House London, organised by the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers)
White Knights Ball, Grosvenor House London, organised by the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers)
A thousand guests danced the night away in central London’s Grosvenor House at a highly successful fundraiser for the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV), one of the UK's leading youth charities, last Saturday.

The sell-out evening ensured that funding for the OMV’s main charitable projects is on target for this year. Special events for young disabled, pilgrimages to Lourdes and Walsingham, and participation in the Order’s international summer camp for young disabled this August are the 2019 highlights. 

Find out more and how you can help: www.omvactivities.org.uk 

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Every new year the Grand Master traditionally greets the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

His address illustrates the Order’s ongoing works for the poor and the sick around the world

Grand Master Dalla Torre addresses the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta
Grand Master Dalla Torre addresses the diplomatic corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta

After his welcome and exchange of new year greetings, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre outlined the Order’s special role in the humanitarian and international scenario and its current focus on care for migrants and refugees, as its work has become increasingly visible on the international stage. 

A video from Rome Reports covered the event: https://goo.gl/L1XYMV
 

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Scottish Christmas supper and parcels for homeless guests

Members of the Order and the Companions help those in need, Banff, Aberdeenshire

Scottish volunteers organise distribution of Christmas parcels for the homeless in Aberdeen
             Scottish volunteers organise distribution of Christmas parcels for the homeless in Aberdeen

With winter cold and dark nights, help for the homeless in Aberdeenshire is much needed. 

Members of the Order and Companions worked together to organise a Christmas supper for the homeless in Aberdeen, and to distribute much needed parcels of food and clothing to those in Banff. Donations came from Tesco, Banchory (food) and Primark, Aberdeen (warm clothing) and the Christmas parcels were packed by members of the Companions of the Order.  

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