Changing Lives in the Holy Land
Love and Service in the Order's Birthplace
September 2020
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Over 900 years ago, the Order of Malta founded its first hospital in the Holy Land.
Today, entities of the Order serve the most disadvantaged across the region, buffeted for so many years by conflict, need and displacement. The Global Fund for Forgotten People has supported some of the inspiring work described here since its creation.
Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum: A Tour of the Holy Land
As the country reels from the recent explosion in Beirut on top of the impact of COVID-19 and months of economic and social unrest, the Order’s work with the sick, the elderly, displaced people and those with disabilities across Lebanon has never been more vital.

Hear directly about the impact of the Beirut blast in our latest virtual Reports from the Frontline conference here, and read more about the Order’s work in Lebanon here.
Jordan hosts 1.4 million Syrian refugees, constituting over 20% of its population.

Having worked with leaders in Jordan for many years, the Order’s Embassy will soon open the country's first elderly day care centre, as well as a mobile clinic to diagnose and treat those with diabetes, which affects over 43% of Jordan’s population.
Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem provides vital pre- and post-natal healthcare to over 5,000 poor and refugee families each year.

It is the only facility in the West Bank equipped to deliver babies before 32 weeks, making it a crucial piece of the local health network. It is also the second biggest employer in the region, providing the kind of jobs and career development that are hard to find in Palestine.

The Order’s Dignity Loans Programme helps the disadvantaged set up or expand their own businesses, increasing their income.
Malteser International
Malteser International aid the most vulnerable in the Holy Land with medical care, food and other vital support.

In Iraq, where poverty and displacement are ubiquitous, MI’s projects improve access to food, deliver medical and psychological aid, and carry out post-conflict reconstruction of homes. They also provide emergency aid to those suffering from drawn-out conflict in Syria, support for Syrian refugees in Turkey, and aid to the needy in Lebanon.

Find out more, and read ten-year-old’s Shahed’s story here.
Reports from the Frontline
Situation Update from Beirut
On Thursday 13 August Order of Malta leaders gathered to hear an update from the Lebanese Association on the aftermath of the Beirut explosion. 

President Marwan Sehnaoui, Vice President Patrick Jabre and General Delegate Oumayma Farah shared their experience of the blast, and described the Order’s varied responses to care for the wounded and displaced with food, accommodation and medical care.

They told how the explosion served to shine a light on the already impossible situation for so many living in Lebanon.

Experience the conference and learn how you can help here.
We Need Your Help
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The Global Fund for Forgotten People exists to raise funds and awareness for Order of Malta works serving the most vulnerable. Now more than ever we need your help to make these programmes possible.

Will you help us restore dignity and hope for those suffering in silence in the Holy Land and beyond?
Spotlight On...
Virtual Summer Camps
Every year the Order’s summer camps for disadvantaged young people raise aspirations, challenge misconceptions and nurture lifelong friendships. As COVID-19 threatened to dampen the celebrations in 2020, several Order entities responded by recreating their camps in the digital realm.

The Order’s American Association put together a fantastic mix of virtual games, prayers and other activities for disabled guests who had hoped to attend the International Summer Camp in Rome. The Romanian Relief Service hosted a virtual summer camp, and the youth of the British Association welcomed guests to a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes.
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