Archbishop Charles Scicluna inaugurated the newly established centre Id f’Id (Hand in Hand), an initiative by the Life Network Foundation, on Thursday 14th September 2023. This centre aims to offer tangible support to expectant mothers and young families as they navigate the complexities of raising young children amid life’s trials.
The opening of Id f’Id continues to strengthen the comprehensive support services provided by the Life Network Foundation to pregnant women in need. These services include a 24/7 chat service and helpline; Dar Tgħanniqa ta’ Omm in Mosta for homeless, expectant mothers, as well as counselling and various community outreach programmes. All of these services are provided by a dedicated, professional team and are completely free of charge.
During the inauguration and blessing of the centre, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said, “In today’s world, no expecting mother should ever feel alone. There already are professional and free services that provide comprehensive support. As a society, it is our duty to stand alongside these women, enabling them to make the courageous choice to prioritise life. We need to walk the talk by giving women real choices, offering women genuine choices that allow them to embrace motherhood with joy and celebrate the precious gift of new life”.
Over the past four years, the Life Network Foundation has consistently assisted over 200 families. Recently, it celebrated the birth of the 100th baby whose mother or parents received support from Life Line, yet another invaluable service provided by the Life Network Foundation.
“The hub opening marks another significant milestone in our mission to support pregnant women, babies and young children within our community,” said Dr Miriam Sciberras, Chief Executive of the Life Network Foundation.
Thanks to the generous support from sponsors and volunteers, Id f’Id, which used to be a flower shop, has been completely refurbished to provide essential items, such as, baby clothes, maternity supplies, bedding, toys and other necessities for parents in need.
Id f’Id will centralise the sorting, organization and distribution of donated items, including baby food, hospital bag essentials, baby and maternity equipment, and infant clothing. These items will be distributed to the residents of Dar Tgħanniqa ta’ Omm and other families in the outreach program. Additionally, monetary donations will be accepted to acquire necessary items for the service.