Press Release by the Ministry for Solidarity Justice and Solidarity, the Family and the Rights of the Child: A home and rehabilitation program for former prisoners
Reference Number: PR211808
The Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights has extended the already existing agreement with “Fondazzjoni mid-Dlam għad-Dawl” for the next three years. This foundation is involved in the re-integration of former prisoners back into society. Furthermore, this also assists persons who do not have a roof over their head, or who do not have any form of support.
Through funding of more than €50,000, “Fondazzjoni mid-Dlam għad-Dawl” will be able to continue managing social programmes, where the entirety of these are intended towards distancing these same persons both from vices, as well as from poverty and social exclusion. This form of financial assistance will be assisting in the management of two residences – ‘L-Ewwel Kenn’ and ‘Ġieħ u Tama’.
“Everybody deserves their second chance in life, as well as to be able to experience a career, and even a family, again. The easiest thing is that we judge and do absolutely nothing, instead of reaching out to help others. We must show that we truly believe in social inclusion”, claimed the Minister for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children’s Rights, Michael Falzon.
The Minister also stated that this government will continue to make a difference throughout people’s lives in a factual manner, since this is a government of the people, and thus for the people themselves in turn.
From his end, the Chief Executive of “Fondazzjoni mid-Dlam għad-Dawl” said that their working operation has kept going on for these last 27 years inside the community itself, which also includes the assistance provided to the family members of these persons. Currently, these residences are hosting five persons, who have just been released from Kordin Corrective Facility, and who do not have a place at which to reside.
Over the years, these residences have hosted more than 100 former prisoners in total, with the primary intention being that of expanding the service being provided.