Loneliness is a phenomenon that in these last decades has been hitting us fast and hard.
The Faculty for Social Wellbeing in collaboration with Caritas Malta have analysed this phenomenon in the documentary, “Il-Ġerħa tas-Solitudni: il-Mixja lejn Soluzzjoni”.
On Thursday, it was announced that Caritas Malta is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its foundation with the launching of a number of initiatives to further assist people in need in society. One of the projects, in collaboration with the University’s Faculty for Social Wellbeing, is intended to address solitude.
On the 11th November 1968, the Caritas National Council was established to coordinate activities of charity and social assistance. During a press conference, Episcopal Vicar for Diaconate, Mgr Charles Cordina, said that the Church in Malta always placed the human person in the centre of its attention. He said that during these 50 years, Caritas worked to assist vulnerable persons.
Caritas Director, Anthony Gatt, said that for this occasion, which Caritas describes as 50 years close to the people, four society wounds were identified. These are the gap between the rich and the poor, drugs, family problems and solitude. Mr Gatt added that those with low income are hardly coping with the cost of living. While recognizing the authorities efforts to assist drug addicts and their fight against drugs, he said that however it is worrying that many persons are recurring to cocaine and cannabis. Caritas director reiterated that considering everything, Caritas does not agree that cannabis is made legally accessible because, he said, it is damaging and not healthy. On solitude, Mr Gatt said that Caritas has joined forces in a project with the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.