Caritas Malta organises courses for sustainable lifestyles

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Caritas Malta organises courses for sustainable lifestylesCaritas Malta is organising courses in parishes all over Malta to help families adopt and lead a sustainable lifestyle. Families are encouraged to examine the way they manage their home and life and explore how they can improve the quality of their lives with their existing resources.

The courses are being given by Home Economists in Action (HEiA), a group of professional Home Economics educators who, after discussions with Caritas on the objective of these courses, laid out a programme of nine sessions held on a once-weekly basis.

The programme, called Bi ftit hsieb . . . Ghazliet Ghaqlin ghal Stil ta’ Hajja Ahjar, focuses on various themes, such as decision-making and prioritisation, family budgeting, wise shopping, economic and nutritious meals and snacks, saving water and electricity, choice of leisure time activities and the setting of objectives for a sustainable lifestyle.

During the course, the HEiA educators also hold individual meetings with those attending to discuss with them the knowledge and skills covered and how these could be applied according to personal or family circumstances.

A spokesperson for Caritas Malta said that these courses are part of the wider Sustainable Lifestyles Project which is financed by the Malta Community Chest Fund and Caritas. This project is based on research which strengthened the recognition that the way important decisions are taken within families can lead to difficulties if they were not compatible with family resources, including financial means.

Other aspects identified in this regard include the critical role of prioritising and the attitude towards home and life management.

The spokesperson explained that the courses were open to all types of families, whatever their income or education.

Persons who attended the courses have spoken favourably about its benefits, stating that they appreciated the sharing of experiences with others and that they had adopted a number of suggestions made during the sessions. They said that through fine tuning of the way they managed their resources and decision-making, they were able to improve their own and their family members’ lifestyles.

Parish priests have an important role to play in the organisation of these courses as, in collaboration with the local Diaconia Commissions, they identify persons and families who could gain from attending the courses, and provide the premises for the weekly sessions. To date, courses have been held in Zebbug, Hamrun, Mosta, Tarxien and Marsaxlokk. Other courses will be held in the coming months in parishes which request them, or which are willing to host them.

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