“Make a WISH” 2016 continues…

Sremcica, April
The main development of the 2016 edition of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” is to be alongside to those most in need  as soon as possible, without waiting for a final ceremony of delivery of the WISHES.

The letters for “Make a WISH” are arriving. And the first WISH has already been “delivered”!

Sremcica, April 2016

From March 15th the boys and girls housed in the orphanages and Centers for youth with mental disabilities in Sremcica and Izvor – in Serbia – have begun to send, to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, their letters with their WISHES, as required by the rules of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta 2016”.

“A hot meal in a cold winter” has been extended

Belgrade, March 30th, 2016

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade has decided to support, during the winter of 2015/2016, the facility “Shelter for children” which has been operating in Belgrade for over 57 years and welcomes children aged between 7 and 18 years, often orphaned, abandoned in the streets, victims of psychological and physical violence and of human trafficking. Immense human tragedies that unite painfully many countries in our “civilized” Europe.

Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta 2016

Serbia, March 15 – December 15, 2016

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, in view of the brilliant results achieved in 2015, has decided to repeat in 2016 the initiative “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” dedicated to Serbian children and youth.
Among the novelties of the second edition the different ways to support the project will be: instead of relying only on the outcome of a Charity dinner – like the one that, with great success of participants and donations, was held in Monte Carlo in June 2015 – a solidarity network will be activated based on the sensitivity of both individual and institutional and organizational entities in different countries among which, besides Serbia, France, Italy, Principality of Monaco, Taiwan and Hungary.

In the beautiful "framework" of the 14th century a "picture" of human distress

Izvor, March 10

In the beautiful setting of an Orthodox monastery of the fourteenth century, operates a center which houses up to 92 young and older girls, with mental disability issues.

The management of the center is entrusted to twenty nuns, guided by the dynamic Sister Kliterija, always available to give assistance, with a lot of love and infinite patience, to their beloved “girls”.
The awareness of the needs of its young guests and of its Sisters is such that the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia decided to incorporate this center in the program “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” for 2016, currently in the process of being defined.

"A hot meal in a cold winter"

Belgrade, March 7

This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wants to give even more attention to the needy children, especially to the orphans and the unwell.
For this reason the Ambassador Alberto di Luca and First Counsellor Carlo Buora went today to the “Shelter for children” of Belgrade to hear directly from the kids that are housed and its Director Danjela Stojkovic, how the initiative “A hot meal in a cold winter” is progressing.

Ambassador di Luca met with the new Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, Msgr. Suriani

Belgrade, February 26

The Ambassador Alberto di Luca paid a visit to the Nunciature of the Holy See to address the most devout and friendly welcome, in the name of the Sovereign Order of Malta, to H.E. Msgr. Luciano Suriani, the new Apostolic Nuncio of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Republic of Serbia. During the long and friendly meeting Ambassador di Luca outlined to the Nuncio the presence and activities, completed and in progress, promoted by the Embassy in various parts of the country, presenting to Msgr. Suriani a recent publication that summarizes the humanitarian initiatives undertaken by the Order of Malta worldwide.

In progress in Albania the 10th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Tirana, 18-19 February 2016

The Tenth Plenary Assembly of the PAM – Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean – is currently taking place in Tirana with the participation of 240 delegates from 24 countries and six Undersecretaries of the United Nations.

The welcoming speeches were held by the President of the National Parliament of Albania, Hon. Ilir Meta, and Prime Minister Hon. Edi Rama.

"A hot meal in a cold winter" for 2016 as well

Belgrade, from January to March

This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wanted to give even more attention to the children. And so, the 2016 edition of “A hot meal in a cold winter” will be aimed at children who sometimes are even in need of a simple hot meal.