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Reference Number: PR200779en, Press Release Issue Date: Apr 29, 2020
​Residents of the Corradino Correctional Facility who are now living in the community as part of the RISe Foundation programme have also been affected by COVID-19. Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement Byron Camilleri visited the residents earlier today so as to encourage them to stay positive.
During their meeting on Wednesday morning, the residents explained how some of them had to stop working whereas others had to postpone the start of a new job. Others were more impacted by the pandemic as their plans to join the programme and leave Corradino Correctional Facility had to be put on hold.
“I understand that like everyone else you had to go through this hardship at a time when you were trying to start afresh. Do not be discouraged. Since you managed to get this far you should focus on turning a new page.” This was Minister Camilleri’s message who also appreciated they way residents made use of their time by making toys and carrying out maintenance works in the facility.
“When you see these results, the Government will be supporting another house run by the same foundation on which work is expected to begin soon. I look forward to working together on opening another home,” said Minister Camilleri who highlighted the good work being done by the foundation. Since the first house was opened there have been over 50 people who finished the programme. The leaders of the foundation discussed their plans with the Minister and it was agreed that such projects must be strengthened because society can benefit from them.