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This year for Christmas MOAS made a donation to the unaccompanied minors residing in the DIL and HTV centres in Malta that host young refugees and asylum-seekers under the age of 18, the majority of which are teenagers that arrived in Malta alone, without their parents, relatives or siblings.

Thanks to the coordination with Awas, MOAS delivered 150 books, 3 game consoles with controllers and videogames, 2 TVs, 10+ puzzles and several board games that will be used in the common areas of the centres, to help socialize, learn and have some fun, especially during challenging times like these. The donation also includes 150 toiletry kits (shower gel, shampoo, towel, hand-wash antibacterial, toothbrush and toothpaste) as a gift for each individual hosted in the centres.

This has been made possible thanks to the support of Betclic Group, and of our donors that continue to show their support towards our initiatives.

MOAS’s hope is 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.

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Regina Catrambone, MOAS Director, stated: “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”.


Geraldine Gilford, Head of HR & OFM (Malta) at Betclic, 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.”



Francesca Pierpaoli

PR & Communications Officer

Tel. +356 79900097

[email protected]