Dozens of charities in Malta have throughout the years done their very best to give a helping hand to those in need, but they could all do with some more help every now and then.
Keeping in mind that there are countless organizations that will very willingly accept used clothes, here are seven great places to keep in mind.
Inspire is a leading Maltese NGO with a vision to see greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the wider community. Their mission is to empower individuals to reach their fullest potential, create opportunities, and change attitudes.
The Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of St. Angela Merici was founded in Malta by Monsignor Isidoro dei Conti Fomosa in 1887 to take care of poor and abandoned babies and children. The congregation has nine homes in Malta, one in London, three others in Noto and another one in Catania. Nowadays, the Apostolate is exercised also in Kindergarten Schools, Catechesis and other fields both in Malta and abroad.
Paws 4 A Cause is a charity retail outlet in aid of the MSPCA Malta centre in Floriana. With a shop in Sliema and a warehouse in Naxxar, Paws 4 A Cause is like an Aladdin’s cave of daily-changing stock. The place gladly accepts people dropping off their donations.
The Millennium Chapel was founded by the Augustinian Fathers who have been in Paceville since 1932. Apart from being a place of quiet prayer in the midst of one of Malta’s busiest area, the Millennium Chapel is also a place where people in need of help and counselling can find refuge and assistance at any time.
Founded by Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi in 1965, Dar Tal-Providenza was founded with the dream of offering a home with a warm and family-like environment for people with disability who for any reason cannot live with their own families anymore. Since then, Dar Tal-Providenza has supported its residents and helped them participate in and enjoy the quality of life within the community.
YMCA differs from country to country. In Malta, they run an emergency shelter for homeless people in the capital Valletta (with some 24 people staying there daily), and another shelter to young people aged under 18. Most of the people YMCA helps are women and children, but they sometimes even host entire families.
As ReFab themselves put it – they believe in solutions. They’ve teamed up with key people in Malta who are responsible for recycling processes, and while collection of textiles can be carried out on request, in August 2016, ReFab took things to the next level.
They started installing several ‘Clothes Banks’ in various localities around Malta and Gozo, and are in discussions with Local Councils to bring the concept to other towns and villages. So just in case you’ve been wondering what those blue metal dispensers all over the island are, you have ReFab to thank.