“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.
Because of the number of children accommodated by institutions that offer a good service frequently exceeds the current number of beds, it often happens that children are forced to sleep on auxiliary mattresses in hallways or fail to receive proper meals.
In Belgrade, under the jurisdiction of the Secretariat for Social Welfare, there is the Shelter for Children, which provides assistance to the most vulnerable children from all over Serbia. These children are aged between 7 and 18, and are often victims of violence, abuse and neglect, victims of human trafficking, children without parental care and abandoned on the street.
The Shelter, in its 57 years of operation, has taken care of over 70,000 children. It is currently located in an inadequate place of 250 square meters with only 16 beds, despite the fact that it accommodates on average 20 to 25 children daily. It would require a new space of 400 square meters, with at least 30 beds, for proper care of the most vulnerable children in Serbia.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta will take care of the little guests of the Shelter until at least March.


Decembar 24th

Best wishes for December 25th to all Catholic Christians, for January 7th to all Orthodox Christians, and extended best wishes to everyone, of every religion, of every political idea, of every nationalitiy!
Best wishes especially to the children, to the elderly and to those that suffer and endure moral and material difficulties, in life, in health, and human dignity.
A special wish, from the heart, to all of those who have contributed to the success of the project Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta: to the organizers of the Charity dinner held in Monte Carlo, to H.R.H. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, to Flavio Briatore and Luca Marzocco; to the Patron of the project, H.R.H. Crown Prince Alexander II and his spouse H.R.H. Crown Princess Katherine; to the generous supporters including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Generali Insurance Serbia.
A special thought, of best wishes and gratefulness, to H.E. the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Albrecht von Boeselager, who was a strong supporter of the project; and finally – just because it is the newest and most prestigious testimony of appreciation of our initiative – to H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Fra’ Matthew Festing, who had the sensibility to remember the “Make a WISH” project, promoted by our Embassy, ​​in his speech, on November 5th in Taipei, during the honoris causa conferred by the Catholic University “Fu Jen” of Taiwan.

"...Malte France to be expanded. And again, your country support of our "Make a wish" initiative, helped us to address the needs of Serbian children and adolescents living in areas struck by violent floods in 2014. We greatly appreciate you support which enables important work to continue."

An important initiative by Malteser International for the refugee crisis

Vranje, December 21st

In the wake of the spirit and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to support those who are suffering, the Embassy in Belgrade is pleased to announce that, on the occasion of Christmas, ended an activity carried out in collaboration with the German Malteser International.
The President himself, Erich-Georg Prince of Lobkowicz, has coordinated the shipment of a large amount of humanitarian aid, during the days of Christmas Eve, which is being delivered in the Serbian town of Vranje.
The shipment, from Germany, is consisted of hundreds of kits containing food and personal hygiene products for migrants and refugees transiting Serbia. There are also mattresses, bedding, clothing, tents and more useful products in emergency situations.
Once again, the humanitarian operation of the Sovereign Order of Malta has proven to show no geographical, religious or ethnic boundaries, being always sensitive and caring towards those who need a helping hand.

Refugees and migrants: conference on the role and mission of the Order of Malta

Rome, 11 December 2015

With the interventions of the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, H.E. Ambassador Stefano Ronca, the General Secretary of “Malteser International” Ingo Radtke, the Order’s Ambassadors accredited to the transit countries of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas involved in the tragic events triggered by the terrorism of the ISIS’ so-called “caliphate”, was held – at the Order’s historic headquarters of the Aventine in Rome – the Conference on “Refugees and migrants: Role and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta. ”
During the Conference, have given their contribution and brought their experience, the Director of CISOM (Italian Emergency Corps of the Order of Malta), Mauro Casinghini and Antonio Ricci, Director of IDOS (Study and Research Centre/Statistical Dossier on Immigration). The Grand Chancellor in his opening speech reiterated the concept that, from a humanitarian point of view, no person can be considered “illegal” and therefore denied of help.

The world scenario of migration sees more than 230 million people moving in the World (the continent of origin in Asia has 92 million people, Europe 59, America 41, Africa 31 and Oceania has 2). Of these people, 48% are women and 15% are children, with peaks of 25% in Europe, noting that 3,300 migrants have died in the course of 2015 and 700 of them were children.
The issue of discrimination in Europe has been discussed, especially in regards to the “equal treatment”.

Particularly touching was the short film projected by the Director of CISOM Mauro Casinghini, which showed the importance of the support provided by the Order of Malta, in terms of health care, the rescue of the abandoned migrants by smugglers, and in regards to the means used for the crossings.

Ambassador Stefano Ronca, Diplomatic Adviser to the Grand Chancellor and appointed Ambassador of the Order to the Quirinal, then recalled the importance of correct and constant communication for both humanitarian and institutional initiatives. Ambassador Ronca has reported in detail on the participation of the Order to the recent international conferences in Geneva, Valletta and Berlin, as well as on the initiative promoted by the Order, and held at the Aventine, of dialogue between representatives of the two Governments de facto Libyan.

Ambassador Alberto di Luca – providing data and reporting statements by members of the Government of Serbia – has highlighted the quality and practicality of the activities prepared by the Government of Serbia to give an adequate response to the request for transit through its territory of the considerable flux of migration during 2015.

Download Ambassador Alberto di Luca’s speech here.

The Order of Malta at the Women’s Club Charity Bazaar

Again this year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia, attended the fifteenth edition of the Women’s Club Charity Bazaar.

The laudable initiative organized by the Ambassadors’ spouses in Belgrade – whose husbands are accredited in Serbia – is intended to give concrete support to the most vulnerable and weak part of the population.

In addition to the funds collected from the sales at the stands of the various countries, strong support comes from the rich lottery.

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta has donated a painting of the Italian artist Manou, made with mixed technique of watercolor, ink and acrylic.