The project “Old is Gold” is run by the Order of Malta in Albania and was supported by the Fund in our St John’s Day 2018 grant cycle. A centre has been established by the Order, providing daily care and interaction for elderly people who have no resources, friends or family to support them.

As well as proving basic health care and access to social workers, the centre also offers hot drinks and a chance to meet friends, read the daily newspaper and play cards, dominos or chess. Celebrating birthdays together and organising pilgrimages and field trips creates a sense of friendship and community for many elderly people who would otherwise have no one to speak to.

The centre is open to all, every day, from morning until evening, and, as well as providing a comfortable place to socialise, aims to raise awareness of the hardships that many elderly people face and promote their rights to protection and social welfare.