Caritas Malta was founded on the 11th November 1968 when Caritas National Council was set up to co-ordinate and develop social assistance and charitable activities. Its first director was Rev. Fortunato Mizzi (MAS).
Caritas mission is to alleviate poverty and promote human development and social justice, witnessing to the Christian faith and Gospel values. Caritas Malta helps people rehabilitate themselves following drug abuse/addiction.
Richmond Foundation was founded on 13th May 1993 and the Deed of Constitution was signed by the Government of Malta (Ministry for Social Development) and Richmond Fellowship International (UK). Since then, the Constitution was amended twice, in 2001 and in 2008, to reflect legislative and societal changes. The Foundation is a non-governmental and non-profit making organisation and a leader in the provision of community services for persons with mental health difficulties and in the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illness amongst the public. It strives to combat stigma and increase awareness on the subject through the local media.
Sedqa is a government agency in Malta that deals with the prevention of drugs and alcohol abuse taking as well as the caring and curing of alcohol abusers, drug users and their families. Set up in June 1994, Sedqa, the national agency against dependencies, offers health promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services to persons with drug, alcohol, and/or compulsive gambling problems, and to their families.
Sedqa is made up of two divisions, namely Care and Prevention. Each of the said divisions contributes in a specific manner to the issue of dependencies.
St Joseph's Home
St Joseph Home is organisation that looks after disadvantage children and children in need. It currently provides for an average of 16 boys between the age of 8 and 18 years and over who have been removed from their natural home due to challenging circumstances.
AwasAwas is the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers in Malta. It takes on a role of Employment Agency and seeks to help immigrants (after they obtain legal refugee status / asylum) integrate within the Maltese society. In the performance of its functions, the Agency oversees the daily management of accommodation facilities either directly or through subcontracting agreements; provide particular services to categories of persons identified as vulnerable according to current policies; Provide information programmes to its clients in the areas of employment, housing, education, health and welfare services offered under national schemes; and acts as facilitator with all public entities responsible for providing services to ensure that national obligations to refugees and asylum seekers are accessible, among others
Puttinu Cares Cancer Support Group
The Puttinu Cares Cancer Support Group was set up in 2002 and began from an idea and a wish to offer a holistic approach of care for families who have children suffering from cancer. The founders of Puttinu Cares were Dr. Victor Calvagna and Mr.Rennie Zerafa.
Puttinu relies on sponsors and the public's help to obtain funds for such activities. Several fundraising activities are done throughout the year but the biggest event is the Football Marathon, which last year managed to cash in Lm70,000!!
Puttinu Cares helps patients of the Rainbow ward in Mater Dei, which is the children's oncology ward. The support group offers guidance for parents and helps them deal with the ordeal ahead. They also offers help when families need to go abroad for any kind of medical reason, be it treatment or other care. They help with accommodation and other expenses.
Malta Police Force
The Malta Police Force in its present form dates from a proclamation during the governorship of Sir Thomas Maitland (1813-1814). Indeed, the Malta Police Force is one of the oldest police forces in Europe and carries mixed responsibilities in respect of its investigative role and its role in maintaining national security.
The current Police Commissioner is Mr John Rizzo, aided by his deputy Mr Joseph Cachia. There are about 1,800 serving members, of whom there are around 850 district police officers in regions and these are generally related directly to community policing. The remaining members are posted in several sections of the force.
Department of Health Promotion
Department of Health Promotion coordinates national health promotion activities (including health education in the traditional sense). This encompasses the Health Promotion Unit and the Nutrition Unit. Both Units liaise closely with the Department of Education and with the mass media.
Several preventive programmes are run on a national scale, such as the free immunisation programme, which covers a wide range of illnesses (including diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis, HiB, measles, mumps, rubella and tuberculosis).