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 2005/2006

[2005-08]

This year the volunteers of the Order of Malta have been granted by the parish priest of San Mauro Abate a little room to store first aid food (pasta, rice, biscuits, cheese, beans, tomatoes, oil, soap, etc.). The number of families assisted increased to 130 per month. Volunteers delivered packages to the houses of those who were unable to reach the locations of distribution, and provided psychological assistance to people in serious difficulty.

For Christmas and Easter two special distributions of packages were done. The distribution of Easter packages began after the meeting of the needy with the Grand Prior of Rome of the Order of Malta Fra 'Franz von Lobstein in a room of the parish of St. Mauro Abate. The meeting ended with a moment of reflection and prayer for the upcoming Easter. At the end of the meeting a project for cancer prevention was presented, in which they can participate for free, thanks to the support of the NPFoundation.
Later, the distribution began, as usual, by register call. Some of the assisted who answered the call also received a copy of a utility bill paid. Inside each box there was the usual food and an Easter dove cake. The children were also given a chocolate egg. There was a specially prepared room in which people could choose a particular item that they might need among those exposed (clothes, used shoes, shirts, pajamas, books, etc.)
Christmas and Easter were also characterized by the organization of two meals for the homeless in Rome. Each of the two lunches was attended by over 100 participants, who were able to enjoy a meal prepared by the restaurant "I Cigni", which ended with a tasting of Christmas cakes and the donation of a package containing a panettone-cake, a nougat and a sleeping bag for each participant. During lunch there was a doctor who has carried out minor health care interventions (mainly dermatological) of general medicine.

As in the previous year, the summer center was organized in the parish of St. Mauro Abate from June 13 to July 29, with 40 children in rotation (one with a mental disability) between 4 and 12 years. At the sports fields of the parish, the children could enjoy recreational and educational activities such as games and outdoor sports, drawing and painting workshops, dance and theater workshops, etc., organized by 10 operators who in turn have ensured continuous service from 8.00 to 17.00, which included a hot meal for lunch and a snack at mid-morning.
Every Thursday morning the children were taken to the pool, at the Laur Sporting Club in Via Matteo Bartoli.
Three educational trips were also organized: a visit to Explora Museum, a visit to the Castle of Bracciano and a visit to Rome's Bioparco (Zoo).
The center was run entirely by youth of the parish, and with the fees received they were able to organize a self-financed trip to Cologne (Germany) to attend the XX World Youth Day.

Finally, several bills and medical expenses were paid for the most needy and minor renovations were done to the homes that needed them.


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