Birkirkara villa to become music centre for children with disability

The Government will be helping in the regeneration of an old building in Birkirkara to transform it into a music centre for children with disability and autism.

Through the Housing Authority, the Government will be giving the sum of 58,543 euro to the Malta Trust Foundation for the restoration of Villa Bianca and its use for this purpose.

Social Accommodation Minister Roderick Galdes, Malta Trust Foundation Chairperson Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Housing Authority Chief Executive Leonid McKay were present for the signing of the agreement.

Minister Galdes explained that the villa had been given to the Malta Trust Foundation by Maurice and Francina Abela for use by children and youths with disability.

The Minister added that as a result of this agreement, families having children, friends or relatives with autism or disability will be able to make use of this centre.

President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who heads the Malta Trust Foundation, described this project as historic and one that will fill a space in the music and performing arts sector for children with various needs who up to now have not had an opportunity to develop these skills.

Whilst thanking Minister Galdes for this assistance, President Emeritus Coleiro Preca explained that the project will have cost the Malta Trust Foundation a capital sum of 100,487 euro and an investment of 250,000 euro in children with different abilities every year.