A free walk-in mental health clinic at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary school and a food truck by migrant women are two of the five projects that won funding at the Social Impact Awards yesterday.
The winning project got €40,000 in funding and was proposed by OOPS, the organisation of psychology students at the Naxxar school. They wanted to provide students the services of a clinical psychologist and provide mental health services in the form of Enlight, a walk-in clinic on campus.
The public choice award when to Saha, a food truck created by the Migrant Women Association Malta, intended to help migrant women find employment and integrate in Maltese society. Saha earned a total of €16,000, as well as a free crowdfunding campaign which will soon begin on Zaar.com.mt
Three other projects also earned funding. Friendship Cards earned €35,000 to produce a card game that helps students share their feelings and resolve conflict with family and friends. The Malta Youth Athletes Network earned €20,000 to raise awareness and promote healthy living on the island. Malta Hospice Movement earned €20,000 to begin offering an after hours on-call service to people in need of palliative care.
All the winning projects also received pro-bono services from PWC and mentoring throughout the year.
The Social Impact Awards, which were held at Le Méridien, are organised annually by the Inspirasia Foundation and the Gasan Foundation, with Mediterranean Bank as the headline sponsor.