#KEEPHOPEALIVE: MOAS DONATES SWEETS TO CHEER UP THE UNACCOMPANIED MINORS IN MALTA
Malta, 14th April 2021. – MOAS is always active in providing assistance and support to Malta’s most vulnerable communities, especially during this pandemic, in which isolation and uncertainty have infiltrated so many aspects of our lives.
We all know that in difficult times showing support and a gesture of solidarity can make a difference. The unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents hosted in Maltese reception centres represent one of the groups that MOAS aims to bring comfort, hope and a smile to through its interventions. We know how difficult it must be for these boys and girls under the age of 18 to be alone in a foreign country, without their parents or family at their side, and without an assigned guardian, how the Covid-19 restrictions have exacerbated feelings of loneliness, isolation and uncertainty.
Building on the Christmas initiative, this time, MOAS distributed Smarties houses among the unaccompanied minors and residents at Hal Far centre and the Disruption Peace Lab guests. In total 204 units were donated.
Regina Catrambone, MOAS co-founder and director, says: “Through this initiative, we want, once again, to express solidarity and donate a sweet moment of joy and lightheartedness to these adolescents and those who find themselves far from their loved ones. A small gesture of great moral value, through which MOAS reiterates the importance of not giving in to discouragement, even in the darkest moments, of not succumbing to selfishness and of continuing to find time and talent to help others in every possible way. Hope must be kept alive, and these young people really need to feel supported, cared for and not feel alone on the path to a better future. “
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MOAS is an international humanitarian organization founded by the Catrambone family in 2013 and dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance and services to the most vulnerable communities around the world. Since its inception, MOAS has reached hundreds of thousands of people through its activities. After several Search and Rescue missions in the Mediterranean Aegean and Andaman seas, MOAS expanded its operations to Bangladesh, to assist Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar and the local host community. Today MOAS is currently also involved in several missions in Yemen and Somalia assisting the most vulnerable communities by delivering nutritional and medical aid. MOAS also operates in Malta with various projects to assist migrant communities. With the #SafeAndLegalRoutes campaign, MOAS is advocating to governments and international institutions to fight exploitative and dangerous migration routes and human trafficking by increasing safe and legal pathways of migration that exist on paper but are not sufficiently supported practice to allow the most vulnerable people to safely reach the countries of destination. MOAS has consultative status of Ecosoc and is member of the Malta Refugee Council.