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
Northern Colombia, 15 February 2019
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.
130 Order first-aiders attend World Youth Day in Panama
Grand Hospitaller leads the young volunteer team
Panama City, 27 January 2019
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.
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
London, 12 January 2019
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
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
Rome, 8 January 2019
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
Scottish Christmas supper and parcels for homeless guests
Members of the Order and the Companions help those in need, Banff, Aberdeenshire
Aberdeen, 20 December2018
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.