The Alfred Mizzi Foundation is helping make this Christmas that much more bearable for children of inmates at the Corradino Rehabitilation Centre. A donation of €1000 was made to the Prison Fellowship organisation.
Mark Vella, Chairman of Prison Fellowship Malta said that his NGO, have been offering free services to dependants of prison inmates for the past 24 years and are part of Prison Fellowship International present in 120 countries. Mr. Vella said that his NGO was inspired by the Gospel according to Matthew 25: I was in prison and you came to visit Me.
Prison Fellowship visit foreign prisoners who have no one visiting them and buy clothing for prisoners who have no relatives supporting them. Regular meeting with inmates at the male and female sections at Corradino as well as the Youths section at Mtaħleb are held.
Activities for children of prisoners and ex-prisoners are held all year round. All activities are always free of charge. Teachers and ex teachers coordinate these activities. Some of the needs of 120 children from 22 different localities in Malta and Gozo are catered for and support to families with members in correctional facilities are seen to by providing food stuffs.
The Prison Fellowship Group also organises regular crime prevention campaigns amongst students. Funding depends entirely on donations and the NGO has no paid staff depending entirely on 30 volunteers.
Albert Petrocochino, a trustee from The Alfred Mizzi Foundation re-iterated his Foundation’s support to this NGO having already supported the Angel tree club in the past.
Jane Mizzi, another trustee emphasised that although the country was progressing financially, a number of worthy NGOs such as the Prison Fellow ship were being left to fend on their own and this could not be sustained unless entities such as The Alfred Mizzi Foundation supported them financially.
More volunteers are needed to help in Office work, Fund raising and Visiting foreign prisoners who have no one visiting them. On a fortnightly basis help with children, members of Angel Tree Club is offered too. Anyone interested in lending a hand are kindly asked to contact Mark Vella on 99820726
Seen here is Jane Mizzi presenting Mark Vella with The Alfred Mizzi Foundation’s contribution.