Support to 250 Families of the Centre Nando Peretti Roma Sud (formerly Laurentino 38) Housing Estate of Rome

Project location: ITALY, Rome
Project start date: June 2003 - Project end date: This project covers various years
Project number: 2003-34
Beneficiary: SMOM

Final Report 2003/2004 

[2003-34]

The assistance given to residents of the Laurentino district by the volunteers of the Order of Malta during the early years of the project was for the most part food assistance, along with a little help to pay household bills such as electricity, gas and often unexpected adjustments . In some cases the phone bill was paid, but only when there were sick people in the family.
Until 2002, the help of volunteers of the Order of Malta consisted in giving a food parcel for 15-18 families twice a month and 60-70 families at Christmas and Easter. On such occasions clothing and toys were also distributed.
Funds from the Peretti Foundation in 2003 allowed to increase the number of families assisted to 30-35 and 130 packages distributed at Christmas. The food package became more consistent, and of better quality. New clothes and shoes were bought for children and adults, in particular tracksuits and sneakers, pants, shirts, linen and bedding.
In 2003, the Peretti Foundation has also funded a Christmas lunch for over 300 homeless people in Rome, who received a special meal and a few small gifts. The initiative took place at the Palatine Chapel of S. John the Baptist in the House of the Knights of Malta in Piazza del Grillo. The volunteers took care of the transportation of all the goods.
In 2003 the parish of the district also began to organize an after-school care for children and a summer center for children from 4 to 12 years, to keep them occupied during the school summer break. The children were assisted by qualified assistants and animators, daily from 8.00 am to 17.00 Monday to Friday.
The Summer Centre was held in the parish facilities from June 16 to July 28, 2003. The children participated in outdoor recreational activities, both individual (sack race, relay race, obstacle course etc.) and group (volleyball, soccer, prisonball, treasure hunt etc.). Musical games were also organized, which involved moving and perceiving sounds. In addition to outdoor games, much time was devoted to laboratories of various kinds, including folk dances, handling of various materials (pasta, flour, clay, plasticine, etc.), the creation of puppets, preparing small shows, a small photography course, and creating a newspaper with stories on the everyday experiences of children.
Field-trips were also organized by bus outside the parish area; to the pine forest in Castelfusano, to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine, and to the Zoo of Rome, with a biologist tour-guide provided by the City of Rome Municipality.
The Nando Peretti Foundation has paid the tuition fee for the summer center for 30 children from needy families in the neighborhood, whose parents could not afford the fee of 60 Euros per week.
In total, the children who participated in the summer center were about 60, followed by a team consisting of a group-leader and an activity leader every 15 children and two operators for kids in need of special care.

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