Two projects by Gozitan NGOs receive Government funding

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Two projects by Gozitan NGOs receive Government fundingChris Said, the Minister for Justice, Dialogue and the Family, today presented financial assistance through the NGO Co-Financing Scheme to two Gozitan NGOs for projects with a combined cost of over € 1.5 million.

The Minister made the presentation during a site visit to one of the two projects. He explained that in 2009 the Government established the NGO Co-Financing Scheme, which, as in the case of local councils, is intended to help local organisations to carry out projects, alongside assistance from EU funds.Two projects by Gozitan NGOs receive Government fundingOne of the two projects awarded financial aid today from the Government is The Lwien Project from Dar Guzeppa Debono in Ghajnsielem which offers young adolescent girls who have emotionally challenging behaviour or are single mothers, between the ages of 14 and 18 years, the opportunity of participating in accredited courses aimed at helping them adapt to new life-styles and better employment opportunities. This project is being carried out with an investment of just over €500,000.

The second project, is a Museum & Cultural Centre which is being created by Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, as part of the project named ‘Il-Hagar: The Making of a People’ The Minister said that “this will be the first ecological and interactive museum and it will display the rich heritage of Gozo’s capital in an innovative way in the heart of Victoria. The project will serve as a powerful medium of cultural expression, as well as contribute directly to foster the social and economic development of the island, while also improving the tourism product within the island.”

This project is being carried out at a final cost of more than € 1 million (including substantial grants from benefactors), together with an enormous amount of work carried out by volunteers. The works got underway in 2009 and the museum is expected to be inaugurated in the coming weeks.

Photographs by – Jeremy Wonnacott/DOI.

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