The President of Malta, Dr George Vella, this morning inaugurated an infrastructural project in Information Technology of the highest level at Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The project materialised with an investment of €100,000, ten kilometers of data cable, over two thousand voluntary man hours, over four hundred points, networking equipment and around sixty WiFi access points. Extensive work in networking was undertaken to change the whole ICT infrastructure in all the eleven blocks at the Home and WiFi was introduced in all the areas of the Siġġiewi complex.
Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, said that with the help of MITA Cares, the Home will start benefitting from this Information Technology whose beneficiaries will be first and foremost the residents who will use it now as well as those who will use residential services in the future. A good and adjourned infrastructure does not only translate in a more efficient administration but will also benefit the residents, their relatives and visitors to the Home. It is a well known fact that a Non-Govermental Organisation (NGO) like id-Dar tal-Providenza, that relies on the generosity of the Maltese people, many times cannot undertake projects of a certain calibre, even though they are indispensable, without the professional as well as financial support of government entities, parastatals or commercial. “Today”, said Fr Martin, “we are inaugurating a dream come true but which surely couldn’t be realised without the helping hand of MITA Cares.”
Fr Martin added that when MITA believed in the importance of this project it was also showing its belief in what the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disability, of which Malta is a signatory, set out to do, which is that Member States have to promote access to persons with disability to technology and new systems of information and communication, including the internet.
Today, information technology has opened a world of huge opportunities to persons with disability so that they can improve on their education, get to know better the world around them, inclusion, friendships as well as grabbing work opportunities that might come up.
Fr Martin thanked the Government, represented by the Parliamentary Secretary Clayton Bartolo, for the help given by MITA for the realisation of this project which was made with a huge investment together with the hard work of all the employees who contributed with a great heart, great professionalism as well as with voluntary contributions. Fr Martin also thanked the President, Dr George Vella for his presence and for his acceptance to inaugurate another project by MITA Cares as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.
Other speakers where Mr Wayne Valentine, Project Coordinator, Mr Tony Sultana, MITA’s Executive Chairman, Parliamentary Secretary Clayton Bartolo and the President, Dr George Vella who delivered the closing speech.