OASI Foundation benefits from €960,00 public social partnership
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The OASI Foundation of Gozo is one of three NGOs to benefit from a public social partnership with the Government, worth €960,00 each per year.
Apart from OASI, the other two partnerships signed were with Paolo Freire and St. Joseph Residential Home.
Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity Michael Farrugia was present for the signing, which took place on Thursday.
He explained that it is second such contract with the OASI Foundation, which works in the field of the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of addiction for drugs, alcohol, and gambling.
Dr Farrugia said that St. Joseph Residential Home offer residential service for boys who need protection outside the home. He explained that the old agreement which was in place meant that the Government paid only for the salaries of carers at weekends.
“With this latest agreement the Government will now cover almost all the costs of running this residence in a professional manner,” said Dr Farrugia.
“Paolo Freire Institute provides therapeutic community services in Zejtun and the surrounding areas to several families who need their help, including educational assistance to children whose families are not able to pay for private lessons,” explained Minister Farrugia.
The Minister said that in the case of St. Joseph Institute and Paolo Freire, this is the first public social partnership being signed with the Ministry of Family and Social Solidarity. Financial aid had previously been given to them through the NGOs fund on a year by year basis – however, they will now be on a three-year contract so they are able to plan ahead for their projects.
The contracts were signed at the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity by the Permanent Secretary Mr. Mark Musu, the CEO of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services Mr Alfred Grixti and Dr. Joe Azzopardi for OASI, Fr Vince Magri for Paolo Freire and Fr Louis Mallia for St. Joseph Residential Home.
Photograph: DOI/Pierre Sammut