Karl Vella Foun­da­tion launches Adap­tive Learn­ing Area

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

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.

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