“I was forced to prostitute myself when I was only 12 years old”


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“When I was 12, I was sexually assaulted and raped by my uncle several times. After, my mom started prostituting me with much older men. Leaving my mother’s house and becoming homeless was not my choice, but it was a way to survive this nightmare “… and that’s just part of her story!”

This youngster’s life was and still is not easy to deal with with everyday life and the trauma that led him to become homeless simply because his family raped him out of innocence, and instead of it. love, they used it. It is the story of a young Maltese who, with tears in his eyes, despite everything he had to endure, he still declares his love for his mother.

This is the story of a former homeless user of the YMCA services. It is the story of a young man who sat in a chair and shared his story so the public would know that roaming was not his choice. For the public to realize that homelessness does not define who he is today, as he tells the story of how the YMCA helped him and shaped him to what he is today. This is not the only story that will be shared with you on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

YMCA Malta will hold its first fundraising telethon, SoliDARjetà, on Sunday, May 30, 2021, between noon and midnight. During this telethon, YMCA Malta will not only raise funds for two new residential projects, but will also highlight and raise awareness of the realities of homelessness where the public can connect with those Maltese families and individuals who have suffered. silently.

Over the years, YMCA Malta has noticed that homelessness has become more serious over the years with the number of people and families who become homeless steadily increasing.

To this end, YMCA Malta has seen a significant increase in the number of referrals received. Over the past two years, more than 1,500 referrals have been received and only 264 individuals and families have been supported.

For this reason, for YMCA Malta to provide the necessary accommodation, support, assistance, dignity and care to as many homeless people as possible, in the near future YMCA Malta will embark on two new residential projects.

“Dar Niki Cassar” already provides sheltered accommodation for 34 individuals and families, including children. As the number of homeless people is on the rise, not only due to the current pandemic, but also due to other issues, such as rising rents, financial and family issues, we plan to build new homes. additional floors at “ Dar Niki Cassar ”. The additional floors will allow us to increase our residential capacity and accommodate more people while incorporating new facilities which, although essential for physical and psychological well-being, are absent from the current residence, such as a library, a games room, a meeting and therapy room and also a multipurpose room.

“Dar Simon Soler”, which will include three floors of independent living, will target people and families experiencing homelessness. Situational homelessness refers to the fact that a person is forced to become homeless as a result of a life-changing event, such as job loss, domestic violence, a medical emergency, or a natural disaster. This situational crisis does not necessarily mean that the individual has to go through a program of care and does not have the skills to live independently. However, the affected person (s) need immediate housing assistance until the most pressing issues are resolved and / or an alternative is found. Therefore, with these three additional floors, YMCA Malta will be in a better position to provide temporary housing to individuals and families to help them re-integrate into the community.

Through ‘Dar Niki Cassar’ and ‘Dar Simon Soler’, YMCA Malta will increase capacity to be able to support an addition of 20 individuals and families.

The soliDARjetà telethon will be broadcast on local television channels on Sunday, May 30, 2021 between noon and midnight. Those who wish to help us make this dream come true can call 5170 2068 to donate € 15; 5180 2007 for a donation of 25 €; 5190 2073 for a donation of € 50; and 5130 2020 for a donation of € 100; or use the BOV mobile app and donate to 7955 0065.

The donation is the ultimate sign of solidarity.

Anthony Camilleri is the CEO of YMCA Malta


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