Press Release by the Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights: The government to fund centre for drug-challenged youths
Reference Number: PR211512
The Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights shall fund the running of the Ibwar Centre which shall welcome adolescents with drug challenges. It will be the first centre of its type in Malta with very high standards similar to those offered in England, the United states of America and Israel with the difference that this service shall be offered free of charge in Malta.
These details were announced by Minister Michael Falzon during a press conference at Tal-Ibwar where Caritas, who shall manage this project were also present.
Government signed a social agreement for the coming three years with an investment of over €3 million, while another €4 million were invested in the construction and equipment of the building so that it could be supplied with the best possible resources.
Caritas together with the government shall ensure that youths with these types of challenges are granted the appropriate assistance and tools to change the direction of their lives.
This therapeutic centre shall assist psychologically, psychosocially and through education but moreover it shall be aimed at providing a life independent from drugs.
Government has made this massive investment and built this centre to be run according to the highest standards, also with the assistance of foreign experts in the area who offered guidance throughout the entire process. There are 14 beds in total, as well as day programmes for a maximum of 10 adolescents who do not necessarily sleep at the residence.
“This Government shall continue investing where necessary, even if this service is not needed by many people. This is a clear example of how we can truly live in an inclusive society that thinks of everybody. Everyone deserves a second chance to reform” said Minister Falzon.
Mr Anthony Gatt, Director of Caritas said that throughout the past five years the necessary work was undertaken, both with regards to infrastructural works as well as preparation to deliver the best programmes according to the adolescents’ needs.