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Order of Malta announces donation from The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation


Donation will enable the funding of critical psychosocial care for those affected by the war in Ukraine

The Grand Hospitaller of the Sovereign Order of Malta, H.E. Fra’ Alessandro de Franciscis, the Order of Malta – Canada and Malteser International are grateful to have received a grant of $1,000,000 from The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation. The grant, designed to fund psychosocial services, will be administered by Malteser International. The project, which started in August 2022, was founded to provide aid and resources to those disproportionately affected by the war, such as women, children, and the elderly. The project seeks to provide needs-based support, by identifying gaps in services provided by other NGOs, and targeting vulnerable and underserved populations.

“This generous donation from the Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation will continue to aid Ukrainians affected by the war and will be of great help to Malteser’s ground efforts that are underway.  The grant and the work done by Malteser embody the goals of the Order, to help the sick and the poor.’’ said Valentine Lovekin, president of Order of Malta Canada.


Since the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022, over 7,031 civilians have been killed, 11,327 civilians have been injured, 8,000,000 have fled the country, and 6,000,000 have been internally displaced. Malteser International, the humanitarian wing of the Order of Malta, has been on the ground since 2014 with projects regarding mental health and psycho-social support and has set up multi sectoral emergency relief measures since end of February 2022.

About the Order of Malta

The Sovereign Order of Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisations. A lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113 and a subject of international law, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and has permanent observer status at the United Nations.

About Malteser International (MI)

MI Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta and fulfils its mission to “serve the poor and the sick”. Since 1956, its core task has been to improve the health and well-being of suffering and displaced people around the world. MI brings aid to people regardless of their religion, background, or political convictions with over 140 projects in more than 35 countries every year.

About the Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation

The Hilary and Galen Weston Foundation is a Canadian charitable organisation with the goal to contribute to charities whose bold ideas shape a better future for everyone.

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