Karl Vella Foundation launches Adaptive Learning Area
The Karl Vella Foundation was set up three years ago, only a few months after the loss of Karl.
KVF, as the Foundation is known, always thought of providing help to children. The main aim of KVF is to offer educational and psychological support to children between the ages of 5 and 17 years who are going through a tough time because one of their parents or siblings have serious health problems.
The KVF operates from a small building in the Kitchen Garden. The rights of use of the building has been generously given to the KVF by President MarieLouise Coleiro Preca. The KVF opened its Centre in October 2015. Since then, the Centre has been receiving children three afternoons a week both in winter and in summer.
The children are helped with their homework and their studies; they are given something to eat and drink; they have extracurricular sessions and should the need arise, they are also professionally helped psychologically. KVF also offers a counselling service to parents if and when required. All the services offered by KVF are absolutely free of charge.
The need for more space at the Centre was felt right from the start. The KVF needed more space to be able to provide for the proper support of the various needs of the children attending the Centre. Thus the KVF Board thought of a project through which it could obtain the required funds. KVF, in partnership with PRISMS, another voluntary association, was awarded funds from the ‘ Fond għall-Għaqdiet Volontarji 2016’ Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.
Part of these funds were used to make structural changes and other work so that two rooms which were previously used as stables could be converted into two rooms in which therapeutic sessions through Music and Drama could be held and through which there is also a new space for various recreational activities for adolescents.
On its part, KVF funded all expenses so that another two rooms in the same storey were also totally refurbished. Thus the KVF increased space which is so necessary for its work with children of different ages.
This project keeps going till March 2018. Through the funds received, KVF could employ a project coordinator and also professionals who carry out monthly training sessions to KVF volunteers. Using the same funds through the project timeline, KVF can also offer two First Aid courses to all its volunteers. The project also allows KVF to have a Music teacher to hold weekly sessions with children.
It is with great pleasure that the Karl Vella Foundations announces the opening of these new rooms on Wednesday 27th September 2017.