An email has been received from the supporters of several refugee students in Malta thanking Lions Club SLiema for the generous donation, last year that helped students to study english and further their career. This has helped them to integrate and develop. The text of the email is below.
From: Giuliana Fenech
Date: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 10:07 PM
Subject: Thank you! And an update…
Thank you for believing in us and for supporting in real and tangible ways.
Thanks to you all 4 of our students have started Foundation School this year, 1 is starting an MA in Humanitarian Action. 1 is in the USA reading for a PhD.
University administration have dedicated rooms for lessons and staff at every level up to Registrar and Rector’s office specifically to deal with our students, bending over backwards to make applications fit and happen.
Private individuals have contributed 10, 20, 100 and 200 euros to pay for IELTS exams, the Lions Club coming in to save the day with a hefty donation.
Theo, Daniel, Tessa, Michaela, Christina, Rachel, Andrea, Diane gave hours and hours of teaching throughout the year.
Paul filled in a ton of application forms and supported the group through a complex application process.
The Sudanese community brought us together through space, music and food.
The Ministry of Education has agreed to waive these students’ University fees (amounting to approximately E25,000).
KSU has launched a support scheme roping in all their main sponsors and getting them round a table to offer up to 20 hours of paid work for the duration of their studies, full time summer employment and possibility of permanent employment after graduation. These include companies such as Vodafone, KPMG, Farsons, Transport Malta, 8.97Bay and others. Conversations about this with the students will be had over the next few days.
A lobby for patronage by the President’s Foundation is being put together, supported by all of the above. Patronage will come in the form of free accommodation at the University Residence for the duration of their studies.
Vodafone and KPMG are donating up to 25 second hand but very good laptops to our community.
Next Monday our IELTS programme kicks off again and we’re hoping to have the next group applying for University in June.
Just over one year ago Sari and Mo gave an interview, Sarah Carabott wrote it, Herman Grech published it. I think it is important to remember:
This all started with the courage to stand up and be counted and with the desire to contribute.
And with people like Maria, and the Integra Foundation, who inspires us all to be better and do better, and is fearless.
I wanted to write this email to register what we’ve done and achieved, probably what we all thought would be impossible to achieve in just one year.
Just one year ago Mo said, ‘we have a spark we hope will set fire to the change we want to inspire‘.
March on Spark 15, look what you have achieved so far and THANK YOU for sharing your journey with us.