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


Reworking lives: the second chance

The Nehemiah Project, with the Order of Malta, launches new residential home for addicts

The plaque at The new Nehemiah house
                                                          The plaque at the new Nehemiah house

His Grace the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith, yesterday attended the opening of Croydon House, a project run by Nehemiah*, a Christian-based charity focussed on rehabilitation of addicts most of whom are prisoners or exoffenders. The project is sponsored by the Order of Malta. Also present for the occasion were members of the Order of Malta, some of whom are Directors for the project, together with the project’s sponsors and representatives of the fundraising arm of the Order, the Global Fund for Forgotten People.
At the opening ceremony Mons Reader cuts the ribbon
At the opening ceremony Mons Reader cuts the ribbon
Rebuilding lives
The Nehemiah Project is a centre of excellence for rehabilitating men from addiction and crime, through the transformation of their lives, so that they become fulfilled, valuable members of the community. It now opens another London residential home. Under the auspices of the Order of Malta, this is a ‘second primary house’, from where graduates can then progress into tertiary accommodation as the residents continue to grow In independence. 

The Project provides support with programmes which provide structure and a supportive environment where men can address the root causes of their addiction, and learn to make informed choices about their lives. The residents’ backgrounds often include having been in care, homelessness and prison, and becoming marginalised as the result of addiction. 

The Nehemiah Project has been providing support for over 20 years in south London, but is open to men from anywhere in the UK. The most important element in the treatment is the genuine desire to change. 

The Order of Malta and prison ministry 
The Order of Malta, recognising the needs of this socially marginalised category, has been developing prison ministry programmes in a number of countries, most particularly in the United States and Canada. The Order works with prisoners, ex-offenders and their families, and promotes awareness of the hardships encountered – mental and physical health, employment prospects, finances. In some American States, Order volunteers reach out to those on death row. 
Envoy Graham Hutton and His Grace Archbishop Smith at the opening
Envoy Graham Hutton and His Grace Archbishop Smith at the opening 
Assistance often starts with a visit to an inmate: ‘I was in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew, 25:37). The programme aims to build a community of support, through a holistic approach to rehabilitation and integration back into the community. 
For more information: www.ordermaltaamerican.org/prison-ministry ; www.orderofmaltafederal.org/prison-ministry. 

* Nehemiah means ‘comfort’ in Hebrew. In the Book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament he was a leader of the Jews who was responsible for the rebuilding of Jerusalem (5th century BC), after it was destroyed by the Babylonians. The destruction of Jerusalem’s walls left its people exposed to great trouble and shame. The rebuilding revealed God’s blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed God was with His people. Nehemiah stands as a testament to faithfulness and perseverance. 

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Tea parties offer good food and good company

Order of Malta bi-monthly tea parties for the elderly

London tea parties for the elderly - every other month
London tea parties for the elderly - every other month
Every other month, Order of Malta members, friends and volunteers throw a tea party for the elderly who are often just in need of cheer and company. New friendships are made – and some guests become renowned for their singing or dancing! A happy occasion for all.
London tea party - singing along
London tea party - singing along

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To be a pilgrim

Annual Order of Malta pilgrimage to the shrine of Lourdes

Lourdes - the old Basilica
                                                        Lourdes - the old Basilica

At the start of every May, the Order of Malta makes its international pilgrimage to Lourdes. This year, the 61st pilgrimage, led by Grand Master Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre, will welcome over 7,000 pilgrims, including almost 1400 malades. The pilgrims will pray for serenity of soul and peace in the world, ‘to be valiant ‘gainst all disaster’. 

Lourdes - the Grotto
Lourdes - the Grotto
The British Association has been participating for over 60 years, and this year is preparing to bring, among its 255-strong contingent, 55 malades, 8 clergy, 14 medical personnel, as well as 40 young volunteers from the Order of Malta Volunteers (OMV).

The British Association, together with the OMV, also organises an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the oldest Marian shrine in Britain, each September.  

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Order of Malta health experts meet in Rome

Discussions focus on key projects and future plans

International conference of health experts meet in Rome
                                  International conference of health experts meet in Rome

Participants from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa met in Rome to review current projects, and discuss those coming onstream. The meeting was hosted by the President of the Order's Italian Association and the group was welcomed by chairman, Grand Hospitaller Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel. Project updates included the work for drug addicts, the disabled, the elderly, and the poor in many countries who in these economic times need support in many areas - healthcare, food, clothing.
The patient, vets and Prof Arduini, Clinical Director
The patient, vets and Prof Arduini, Clinical Director
A recent special initiative is the veterinary clinic set up at the Order's First Aid Post in St.Peter's Square, as many homeless guests own dogs which are an important element in their well-being. The volunteer vets provide checks, give vaccinations when necessary and implant id chips. 

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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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