10 Gozitan NGOs receive funding for completed projects

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10 Gozitan NGOs receive funding for completed projectsTen Non-Governmental Organisations in Gozo, who have now completed their projects, were recently presented with funds as part of the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs.

This follows a presentation that took place just before Christmas to 12 other Gozitan NGOs who were given the final payments for financing their respective projects.

The presentations were made by the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, who explained that 24 of the projects were now completed, with the remaining 14 in their final stages.

The Minister expressed her satisfaction to the NGOs for their participation in the scheme, explaining that the projects carried out “would be beneficial for Gozo and the Gozitan society. This is because the projects carried out relate to a wide range of sectors, such as social, educational, sporting, cultural, environmental as well as pastoral projects. The eco-Gozo vision aims to achieve a better quality of life, without negatively impacting the environment.”

NGOs representatives attended the presentation from the Ta’ Klula Foundation, OASI Foundation, Dar Guzeppa Debono, Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, the Gozo NGOs Association, l-Ghaqda Inhobbu lil Munxar u x-Xlendi, the Victoria Scout Group, Oratorju Don Bosco, the Socjetà Filarmonika La Stella and the Emergency Response Rescue Corps..

The completed projects included the restoration of rubble walls, the setting up of a heritage trail, with information leaflets and DVD to compliment it , the restoration of an old altar, an up-to-date study of Gozo youths, the building of rainwater storage reservoirs, changes to cleaner enerygy efficient lighting systems, the restructuring and renovation of cultural facilities and the promotion of related activities, as well as the production and distribution of publications, which among others promote healthy lifestyles and good environmental practices. The cleaning of coastal and underwater areas to aid the enrichment of the marine environments and the rescue and emergency services offered on a number of beaches in Gozo and Comino over the summer months.

The Minister said that the “37 NGOs have benefited from a total funding of €1.24 million, NGOs were able to benefit from a maximum amount of €50,000. All these NGOs have accomplished 38 different projects that implement one or more measures in the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.”

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