Christmas 2022 Newsletter

A Romanian Relief Service volunteer helping a young refugee

Celebrating ten years of serving the Forgotten

Christmas 2022 is the Global Fund for Forgotten People’s 10th anniversary. With the support of our generous donors, the Fund has awarded:

The last decade has seen over two million Forgotten lives improved through the network of support and collaboration the Fund has developed with other Order of Malta entities around the world.

None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our donors and friends. We are grateful for your continued trust and look forward to the next ten years of partnership.

Christmas grant awards 2022

This Christmas, we will award 32 grants to 21 entities of the Order in 21 countries. 

These grants reflect the ongoing urgent response to the volatile landscape of war and mass migration in Europe, and its devastating global effects, such as food insecurity and increasing fuel prices, as well as supporting the expansion and development of inspiring new and existing work worldwide. These range from distributing food in Argentina, to caring for the elderly in Mexico, tackling mental health and inclusion through sport in Lebanon, and improving care for mothers and newborn infants in Togo.

See our Christmas grants here

A decade of support for Ukraine

Since 1993, the Ukrainian Relief Service has worked with low-income families, elderly people and adults and children with disabilities.

It was one of the first Order of Malta entities to receive a grant from the Fund in 2012. Over the years we have funded the Meals on Wheels project for housebound elderly people, education and integration work for children from marginalised Roma communities, and skills and confidence development programmes for adults and children with disabilities.

To learn more about the history of the Ukrainian Relief Service and our decade of collaboration, click here.

Serving new levels of need for Ukrainians in 2022

With a trusted 30-year presence in the region, the Order of Malta were best placed to provide a swift and effective response to the crisis in Ukraine. Since February this year, tens of thousands of volunteers have mobilised; helping those fleeing or displaced with whatever they need, from hot meals and shelter to mental health and medical support.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Global Fund for Forgotten People continues to provide fundamental support for the Order of Malta's response to the crisis, as well as maintaining existing projects so that no one is forgotten.

Grants supporting the Ukraine response this Christmas:

Warsaw hosts a growing community of over 300,000 Ukrainian refugees. A grant from the Fund is supporting the refurbishment of the Polish Association's soup kitchen to maintain its service, whilst also housing 11 refugee families, providing legal advice and employment support.

The Lithuanian Relief Service offers immediate aid to those fleeing Ukraine. Now, the programme is expanding to meet the challenges of longer term integration, offering language courses, group therapy and opportunities to socialise, as people build a new life in Lithuania.

The Ukrainian Relief Service's Beregovo delegation are welcoming internally displaced people and distributing aid nation-wide. The Fund is supporting their office and staff costs, as well as two vehicles to support their significant aid distribution work.

Faces of the Fund

Pavlo Titko, Director, Ukrainian Relief Service

The Fund spoke to Pavlo Titko about his work with the Order of Malta in Ukraine. We covered everything from the challenges of war in winter, to how they are maintaining their existing works with the vulnerable, and the power of an international network.

"Each project helps us become better, we grow, develop and learn. Our guests feel supported and believe that they are not alone with their problems."  

Read the full interview here.

Launching a new work for the Order in Morocco

This grants round, the Fund is supporting the Order of Malta's Embassy to Morocco's first project; a centre in Midelt for disabled children.

The project will provide physiotherapy, orthopaedic support and regular medical monitoring for children, like Fatima* (pictured), as well as advice and support for their families.

Click here for the opportunity to volunteer.

"With the right treatment and attention, these children can reach their full potential and be given hope for a better future. As the first permanent work of the Order in Morocco, this project is very special for us, and we look forward to launching it with your support.”

His Excellency Julien-Vincent Brunie, Order of Malta Ambassador to Morocco 

Volunteer worldwide through Vision 2050

Chabrouh Camp, Lebanon

Vision 2050 invites young people to enter the world of volunteering and become part of the Order of Malta's extended family.

Find opportunities like the one in Morocco, as well as others in Ukraine, South Africa, France and many more!

Click here to start volunteering

Support the Forgotten

Our mission has remained constant for the last ten years: restoring dignity and alleviating suffering of the Forgotten.

None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our donors and friends.

Please help this work continue.

Donate here

Ukrainian Relief Service

To discuss a larger gift, or supporting a specific area of work, contact

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