The Global Fund for Forgotten People Awards 500th Grant
“The Global Fund for Forgotten People’s 500th grant is a great milestone. Grants from the Fund have played a pivotal role in developing the Order’s work in Hong Kong, most recently supporting the Asia-Pacific Summer Camp for Disabled Young People and our Flying Young Programme creating opportunities for disadvantaged children.” Desiree Jebsen, Hospitaller, Order of Malta Hong Kong
On June 24th 2021 the Global Fund for Forgotten People will award its 500th grant in support of the Order of Malta’s worldwide humanitarian work. These grants have transformed the lives of over one million disadvantaged people in 88 countries since 2012.
The Global Fund for Forgotten People supports and expands the Order of Malta’s medical and social assistance programmes helping those often pushed to the fringes of society – the persecuted, the elderly, the sick, the homeless and refugees. Those with no recourse and nowhere else to turn. Over 130,000 Order of Malta members, volunteers and employees mobilise in soup kitchens, clinics and community centres worldwide, maintaining a 900-year-old tradition of restoring dignity and alleviating suffering wherever it exists. Mixing global perspective with local knowledge, the Order’s work delivers essential practical aid within a community of love and support, always seeing the person behind the problem.
Since 2012, grants from the Fund have enabled the Order to:
– Help over 100,000 displaced people to integrate into new communitiesBring food and education to over 125,000 disadvantaged children
– Provide meals and companionship for 75,000 vulnerable elderly people
– Innovate new areas of work in 61 countries
In the time of COVID-19, the Fund’s support enabled the Order to pivot to provide remote services, delivering vital food parcels and social support to over 40,000 people in need. Volunteers share stories of food parcels being welcomed with tears of joy and relief as parents who have lost jobs in the pandemic realise that they will be able to feed their children after all.
“The Global Fund for Forgotten People’s 500th grant is testament to the Order of Malta’s ability to renew its ancient mission of service to the sick and the poor today and every day. The Fund has developed into a powerful tool for donors, maximising the impact of their donations.” Lisa Sanchez-Corea Simpson, Founder and CEO, The Global Fund for Forgotten People
The Global Fund for Forgotten People was established by the government of the Order of Malta in 2012 to raise support and awareness for the Order’s worldwide work. Equipped to accept international donations cost-effectively in over 20 different jurisdictions, the Fund provides a professional mechanism and robust due diligence for donors to support the Order’s work anywhere in the world. As well as providing funding to help enable work where it is needed most, the Fund promotes best practice and knowledge-sharing between Order of Malta projects, and raises awareness of the challenges facing poor, forgotten and marginalised communities. www.forgottenpeople.org