Chil­dren in need of a brighter Christ­mas

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Christ­mas for chil­dren is about presents, Christ­mas trees, dec­o­ra­tions, family lunches, sweets, and hap­pi­ness. Not all chil­dren how­ever share this re­al­ity. Aġen­z­ija Ap­poġġ‘s So­cial Work­ers fol­low chil­dren who live in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties and trau­mas.

For the fourth year, thanks to the Chil­dren’s Dreams project, th­ese chil­dren will have the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive a gift for Christ­mas, just as they al­ways dreamt. All dreams are pub­lished on the web­site, www.chil­dren­dreams.org.

This year there are over 1,500 chil­dren’s dreams that vary from books to lap­top/tablets for chil­dren wish­ing to fur­ther their stud­ies, from toys to vouch­ers for clothes, from theatre to cin­ema tick­ets. There are also some chil­dren who listed their big­gest wish with the aim of hav­ing a bet­ter fu­ture.

The spon­sors will then choose any dream they wish to ful­fill. Once Aġen­z­ija Ap­poġġ re­ceives the gift from the spon­sors, this will then be given to the chil­dren’s car­ers, who in re­turn will give it to the chil­dren on Christ­mas Day.

Chil­dren’s Dreams fol­lows a sim­i­lar project in Lithua­nia, which has been run­ning suc­cess­fully for seven con­sec­u­tive years. Lina Pecorella has brought this idea over to Malta and is co­or­di­nat­ing this project in part­ner­ship with Aġen­z­ija Ap­poġġ.

The de­tails of the spon­sors will only be pro­vided to the So­cial Work­ers re­spon­si­ble, who would then get in touch with the spon­sor by email or tele­phone.

The names of the chil­dren have been changed to pro­tect them. Con­fi­den­tial­ity will be re­spected to pro­tect all per­sons con­cerned.

For those who would like to con­trib­ute by spread­ing the word, please do so!

Our aim is to spread the word out there and re­ally ful­fil ev­ery vul­ner­a­ble child’s dream.

The project has its own Face­book page www.face­book.com/chil­dren­dreams. Please like and share and help us make th­ese chil­dren’s Christ­mas brighter this year.

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