Support the Pilgrimages to Lourdes Sanctuary of 10 Sick Children Treated at the Bambin Gesù Hospital, and/or Assisted by the “Centri di Assistenza” of the Delegation of Rome
- Support to Projects by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Mother project)
- Support to 250 Families of the Centre Nando Peretti Roma Sud (formerly Laurentino 38) Housing Estate of Rome
- Support to the San Giovanni Battista Hospital
- Assistance to Needy Families in the Garbatella Neighborhood of Rome
- Construction Works for a Girls Secondary Boarding School
- Supporting a Leprosy and Rehabilitation Centre
- Supporting the Pilgrimages to Lourdes Sanctuary of 24 Sick Children Treated at the Bambino Gesù Hospital
- Purchase of a Computer With a Specialized Software for the “August Mozer Centre” for Children Suffering of Nervous System Disturbances in Varna, Bulgaria
- Assisting the Needy Families of the Roman Suburb San Basilio
- Support to the House for Children
- Purchase of Equipment, Expansion of Services and Support for Shipping Expenses for a Mission Eye Clinic in Remote Sierra Leone, West Africa
- Two Minibuses for Needy People in Bulgaria
- The Aikido Special Program: a course for "at risk" and disadvantaged children
- Sicily Canal as the Gateway to Europe: First Medical Aid to Refugees in the Mediterranean
Project location: ITALY, Rome
Project start date: February 2013 - Project end date: October 2013
Project number: 2012-124
Beneficiary: Ufficio Pellegrinaggi della Delegazione di Roma del Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta (S.M.O.M.)
From March (Palm Sunday) to October, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is the goal of mass pilgrimages from Europe and other parts of the world. The project's goal is to organize a trip to the Lourdes Sanctuary for sick children who are treated at the Bambino Gesù Hospital and/or by the "Centri di Assistenza" of the Delegation of Rome.
Specifically the Pilgrimage Office of the Delegation of Rome of S.M.O.M. received a grant from the Nando Peretti Foundation for transportation and assistance to Lourdes Sanctuary of 10 sick or handicapped children and of 10 accompanying mothers, plus 1 doctor and 2 special assistants needed. Transportation and local accommodation will be free of charge for all of them. During the trip there will be spiritual and entertainment activities and full time assistance by expert personnel, 24 hours a day.
Children, parents and medical staff will travel to the Lourdes Sanctuary by train and/or plane. The volunteer members of the Order of Malta with recreational activities and moments of prayer will animate the travel. The volunteer staff is often composed of young girls and boys. Once arrived in Lourdes, children and parents will be accompanied to the hotels. During the next days they will go all together to the Sanctuary. The fourth day they will travel back to Italy.
The experience of the pilgrimage to the Lourdes Sanctuary is a source of benefit for the sick children and their families for different aspects. It is not only a precious occasion of spiritual meditation: the travel offers the possibility to spend happy days, putting for a while a distance by the sufferance caused by the illness.