Id-Dar tal-Providenza 2022 Diary distributed

The pocket diary of Id-Dar tal-Providenza for 2022 has been distributed by Maltapost in every household in Malta and Gozo. This diary, with its information that is useful throughout the whole year, provides an opportunity for a show of solidarity with the Home that offers residency with the right environment to around one hundred and fifteen persons with disability so that they can foster their personal growth to the fullest.

As in previous years, the diary includes the very useful timetable for daily and Sunday masses in all churches and chapels in Malta and Gozo and a detailed calendar. A list highlighting all the parish feasts in these islands for 2022 is also included. The coloured photo on the front page depicting the ‘Tal-Grazzja’ valley on the way from Rabat to Marsalforn is by photographer Ian Noel Pace.

Those who have not received their copy are kindly requested to call reception at Id-Dar tal-Providenza on 2146 2844 or email on info@dartalprovidenza.org.

MAPFRE MSV Life and GasanMamo Insurance sponsored the printing of the diary whilst Maltapost has again agreed to distribute the diaries free of charge.

Malta’s Parliament hosts Arts Exhibition in aid of Dar tal-Providenza

After an absence of two years, an exhibition of 106 works of art donated by 84 Maltese and foreign artists was inaugurated at the Parliament entrance. These works of art will be auctioned off in aid of Dar tal-Providenza on January 1st as part of the televised Festa ta’ Ġenerożità.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr Anġlu Farrugia, officially opened the exhibition. In his address, he said that although Dar tal-Providenza goes back a full fifty-six years, it is today a living experience of our people and our nation rather than a story of our past. Maltese and Gozitans have a heart sensitive to those in need. This conscience that favours social solidarity grows bigger and stronger as long as we keep Dar tal-Providenza as a life experience with which we help persons with disability live in dignity.

The Director of the Home, Fr Martin Micallef, thanked the Speaker for once again agreeing to host the exhibition in the Parliament’s entrance, a truly central and accessible location for the public in Valletta. With the full support of Dr Farrugia it can be said that the exhibition has become an annual event except for the last two years when it had to be cancelled due to the realities of COVID-19.

The exhibition, that will remain open till December 26th, is open to the public between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and between 9.00am and 12.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. One can view the exhibits by presenting his/her Identity Card and the Vaccine Certificate. The catalogue of all the works of art as well as more information on the auction may be accessed online on www.dtpauction.com or www.belgraviaauctions.com.

On new year’s day, Festa ta’ Ġenerożità in aid of Dar tal-Providenza will again be televised on all local stations between noon and midnight. The telethon will be broadcast from the We studios in Qormi where a number of guests will be manning the phones and taking donations. As in every year, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna will celebrate mass that is broadcast live on PBS at 9.30am from the Home’s chapel.

Presentation of European Citizen’s Prize 2021

It was indeed a special occasion on Tuesday 9th November 2021 for Fr Martin Micallef, Director, and Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Administrator of Dar tal-Provdenza, to be handed the Diploma of the European Citizen’s Prize 2021. The presentation was made by the European Parliament Vice-President and Chancellor of European Citizen’s Prize, Ms Dita Charanzovà during a ceremony held at the Paul-Henri Spaak building in Brussels.

Ms Charanzovà said that all the awarded projects for the years 2020-2021 are the examples, the inspirations and the real heroes for the work that they do in society.

MEPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa, who put forward the nomination of Dar tal-Providenza, said that the mission of the project submitted provides for homes in an atmosphere similar to that of the family, integrates and empowers persons with disability in the community in conformity with the norms and values of the EU and all this work went ahead even during the exceptionally difficult COVID-19 pandemic circumstances of last year.

During a commemorative medal presentation held at the Malta Europen Parliament office on October 29th, 2021, Fr Martin expressed his appreciation for the recognition by the European Parliament and said that the strategy of the European Union for persons with disability for the decade between 2021 and 2030, is built around the recognition of the rights adopted by various other European countries; independent and, wherever possible, autonomous living; the elimination of discrimination as well as the creation of equal opportunities in every level possible.

The recognition of this work on a European level continues to encourage Dar tal-Providenza in its commitment, so that whatever is done at the Home is strengthened and that the sense of dignity towards persons with disability continues to gather steam in all the work that is done within this sector.

The Head of the European Parliament office in Malta, Dr Mario Sammut said the despite all the difficulties faced during the pandemic, Dar tal-Providenza continued to protect those most vulnerable in Maltese society. He continued by saying that the excellent work done in these very difficult circumstances truly reflects the best of European values. The recognition of both the effort and dedication is of great importance to the European Parliament.

Prior to Tuesday’s ceremony, Fr Martin amd Mrs Camilleri Cassano met up with Maltese MEPs Roberta Metsola, Josianne Cutajar and Alex Agius Saliba.

Dr Agius Saliba said that the Home and its project ‘Monument of Mercy’ demonstrates to all the European Institutions what we Maltese were already priviliged to know. He praised the work done by Dar tal-Providenza and Fr Martin in particular for the spirit of community that is felt in the whole village of Siġġiewi.

Last year’s Maltese winners of the European Citizen’s Prize, the Lockdown Festival Group were presented with the award this year as no ceremony had taken place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

European Award for Dar tal-Providenza

Dar tal-Providenza, described as a ‘Monument for Mercy’ was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2021 for Malta from the European Parliament in recognition for the best Maltese and European values.
MEPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa, who put forward the nomination of Dar tal-Providenza, said that the mission of the project submitted provides homes in an atmosphere similar to that of the family, integrates and empowers persons with disability in the community in conformity with the norms and values of the EU and all this work went ahead even during the exceptionally difficult circumstanes of last year.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza, exprssed his appreciation for the recognition by the European Parliament and said that the strategy of the European Union for persons with disability for the decade between 2021 and 2030, is built around the recognition of the rights adopted by various other European countries, independent and, wherever possible, autonomous living, the elimination of discrimination as well as the creation of equal opportunities in every level possible.

These are intertwined with the concept of dignity, a concept that is the key for everything that began when Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi started working on his dream of the project called Dar tal-Providenza. A Home that Maltese and Gozitans alike believed in and sustained through the years.

The recognition of this work on a European level continues to encourage us in our commitment, so that whatever we do at Dar tal-Providenza is strengthened and that the sense of dignity towards persons with disability continues to gather steam in all the work that is done within this sector.

Fr Martin took the opportunity to thank all those who throughout the years strived to see what Dar tal-Providenza is today. He thanked the founder of the Home, Dun Mikiel Azzopardi, who started the Home from scratch, at a time when persons with disability were literally denied their most basic rights and excluded from any participation in society. Another thank you went to the residents of the Home, of whom there was a small representation during the award ceremony and who always were and will still be at the very centre of the Home’s work. He went on to thank his predecessor Mgr Lawrence Gatt, the Management and Board of Directors of the Home, the employees, the volunteers of Dar tal-Providenza, the Government of the day as well as previous ones, and the Maltese and Gozitans who have always believed in the cause of the Home and sustained it with various ways of support.

He ended by thanking the European Parliament for recognising the work that Dar tal-Providenza has been doing for more than 50 years, Dr Mario Sammut, Head of the European Parliament Office in Malta and, of course, the members of the European Parliament who kindly made the nomination for this Award.
The Head of the European Parliament office in Malta, Dr Mario Sammut said the despite all the difficulties faced during the pandemic, Dar tal-Providenza continued to protect those most vulnerable in Maltese society. He continued by saying that the excellent work done in these very difficult circumstances truly reflects the best of European values. The recognition of both the effort and dedication is of great importance to the European Parliament and hence this Award.

When presenting the Citizen’s Award to the Director of Dar tal-Providenza, MEP Alex Agius Saliba said that the Home and its project ‘Monument of Mercy’ demonstrates to all the European Institutions what we Maltese were already priviliged to know. He praised the work done by Dar tal-Providenza and Fr Martin in particular for the spirit of community that is felt in the whole village of Siġġiewi
The European Citizen’s Award is meted out every year for exceptional achievements by citizens or groups in Member States of the European Union. Eligible are national and pan-European projects that further promote integration and cooperation as well as the values enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: dingnity, equality, solidarity, justice, rights and liberties of the citizens.

Last Friday’s Award ceremony that took place in the European Parliament Malta offfice in Valleta will be followed by a European ceremony of the presentation of the Award in Brussels for citizens or groups from different European member states of the EU who were given the Award in the years 2020 – 2021.

Art Exhibition in aid of Dar tal-Providenza

‘Kinds of Home’ – Art exhibition by Wibke Seifert at Xara Palace, Mdina. Quarter of the sales from this exhibition will be in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Wibke Seifert is of German origin. She is married and has three adult sons. The family has lived in Malta since 1995 and runs an industrial business. During her quarantine in the first Corona Virus lockdown in March 2020, Wibke started painting rainbows as many people did.

She packed them in the window and wanted more. Experimented still in quarentine with oil and aquarelle, later with lino printing, acrylic and bronze, and she never looked back.

Wibke is as passionate about colours and shapes as she is about words. A novel and a collection of short stories, were published in 2010 and 2015 respectively and connected her past in Germany to her present in Malta.

In 2020 she took part in an international competition of short stories and her entry was published with a further twenty stories from Australia, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom.

€5,600 raised in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A total of €5,600 was recently raised by Pierre Vella Petroni and Anne Marie Xuereb in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Every year, for the last eight years, Vella Petroni and Xuereb have organised a barbecue for family and friends in aid of the Siġġiewi Home.

This year, because of COVID-19 measures introduced by the Maltese Health Authorities, the event did not take place, however, they still collected donations.

The sum of €5,600 was presented by Vella Petroni and Xuereb to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of id-Dar tal-Providenza, who on behalf of the residents and administration of the Home thanked all the sixty-five persons and entities who made a donation to raise this amount.

The Bishop of Tripoli welcomed at Dar tal-Providenza “where the presence of Jesus’s love is felt”

On Tuesday 14th September 2021, the Bishop of Tripoli, H.E. Mgr George Bugeja OFM paid a visit to Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi. He concelebrated mass at the Home’s chapel with Fr Martin Micallef, Director and Fr Trevor Fairclough, Spiritual Director and with a number of residents, workers and volunteers in attendance always respecting the anti-COVID-19 measures in place by our Health Authorities.

Later, Bishop Bugeja had the opportunity to see the various services offered by the Home amongst which where the aquatherapy, the multisensory rooms, the Agricultural Centre and SPRED.
Bishop Bugeja thanked Fr Martin for inviting him to visit the Home saying it was a pleasure for him to meet up with the residents and see for himself the invaluable work done by the workers and administrators. He added that Dar tal-Providenza is indeed a home where he could truly feel the presence of Jesus’s love reflected in the work and the dedication of all involved in order to ensure that each person lives a dignified life whilst given holistic help. Bishop Bugeja imparted his pastoral blessing.

56 years ago the first donation was made for the founding of Dar tal-Providenza

It was on the 12th September 1965 that Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi mentioned for the first time his idea of a home for persons with disability during a radio programme. A young lady who was listening in to the programme sought out Mgr Azzopardi to give him a donation of Lm100, in today’s Euro currency it amounts to around €230. She was saving this money to take a holiday abroad but instead wanted to go with Dun Mikiel’s dream and she gave him her savings to help out persons with disability.

Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, then Ecclesiastical Assistant General of the Malta Catholic Action, had this dream to improve the quality of life of persons with disability especially those for whom it was difficult to continue living with their parents.

Through Dun Mikiel’s dream and vision Dar tal-Providenza came to life 56 years ago.

H.G. the Archbishop presented with Dar tal-Providenza’s Annual Report for 2020

H.G. the Archbishop, Charles J. Scicluna was presented with a copy of Dar tal-Providenza’s Annual Report for 2020. The presentation, that took place at the Siġġiewi Home, was made by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, in the presence of Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Administrator.

This is the second time that the report has been presented in a coloured booklet in Maltese accompanied by an abridged English version. The report lists the work done by the Home, in its commitment to continue offering a residental service of the highest quality to persons with disability who require such service. It goes without saying that the report covers amongst other things the measures adopted by the Home to counter the COVID-19 pandemic and how the residents were affected. The front page shows Prof. Charmaine Gauci during her visit to the Home.

One can view this report by visiting the website and clicking here..

The Annual Report is also presented every year to the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations as requested by law.

Photo: knisja.mt/ritratti

Insertion of Dar tal-Providenza Diary 2022

Every year, Dar tal-Providenza prints a diary to be distributed to all households in Malta and Gozo. To have this done, it is not only needed to print the diary but also to have it inserted in an envelope before distribution. At the moment, an appreciable number of volunteers are helping in the insertion process, amongst them volunteers from the parishes of Attard, St. Joseph the Worker in Birkirkara and Mellieħa. A group of Gozitan volunteers is also helping in this initiative. As in every year, the diary is distributed for free in every household by MaltaPost plc.

Those who might wish to give a helping hand in the insertion of the diary are welcome to send an email on info@dartalprovidenza.org or call on 21462844.