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Global Fund for Forgotten People awards 500th grant

On St John’s Day, 24 June, the Global Fund for Forgotten People awarded its 500th grant in support of the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian work. Thanks to many generous donors, including many members and friends in Britain, grants from the Fund have enabled the Order’s national Associations and relief organisations to transform the lives of over one million disadvantaged people in 88 countries since 2012.

The Fund was established by the central government of the Order of Malta in 2012 to support and expand the Order’s medical and social assistance programmes helping those often pushed to the fringes of society – the persecuted, the elderly, the sick, the homeless and refugees. Equipped to accept international donations cost-effectively in over 20 jurisdictions, the Fund provides a professional mechanism and robust due diligence for donors to support the Order’s work anywhere in the world.

Since its foundation, the Fund’s grants have brought food and education to over 125,000 disadvantaged children, helped over 100,000 displaced people to integrate into new communities, provided meals and companionship for 75,000 vulnerable elderly people and developed over 150 new areas of work. In the time of covid-19 the Fund’s support has helped Order works to additionally provide remote services for those in need.

Photo: the South African Relief Service of the Order of Malta

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order - which is based in Rome, in via Condotti - has its own Government, an independent magistracy, and bilateral diplomatic relations with 110 countries.


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