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Christmas Dinner for the Homeless

CASA – Homeless Support Centre, is again offering Christmas dinner for the homeless in Madeira.

In Madeira, the Christmas dinner takes place on the 24th of December at 20:30 at the Mercado dos Lavradores, in Funchal.  The initiative is supported by the Porto Mare Hotel, who provide the Christmas dinner with the support of the Funchal City Council.

There are several local CASA services throughout the island and in 2019 the Cantina Social distributed an average of 50 fifty hot meals a day to the homeless population in Funchal, totalling about 18,250 meals a year. The yearly total of breakfasts served is around 6,600; averaging around twenty-five breakfasts servings a day.

Statistics from CASA branches around the island show:-

CASA AMIGA SANTA CRUZ – Distribution of hot and packaged meals to 20 households in the parish of Santa Cruz (54 users) – 14 256 Meals/year

CASA AMIGA CANIÇO – Distribution of hot and packaged meals to 36 homes in the parish of Caniço (95 users) – 25 080 meals/year

CASA AMIGA CAMACHA – Distribution of hot and packaged meals to 25 households in the parish of Camacha (49 users) – 12,936 Meals/year

CASA AMIGA PONTA DO SOL – Distribution of food baskets fortnightly to 33 households (62 users) 648 baskets/year

CASA AMIGA FUNCHAL – Distribution of 540 food baskets to disadvantaged families in Funchal, Camara de Lobos, Santa Cruz, Machico, Ponta do Sol and Calheta (1349 users) – 4 800 Baskets/year

About CASA

The Homeless Support Center (CASA), is the result of the initiative and inspiration of Honorary President Pema Wangyal Rinpoche.  Created on the 19th of July in 2002, the charity stands for Compassion and Kindness. It’s aim is the promotion of humanity, and develops strategies where those in vulnerable situations can still maintain a feeling of self-worth and dignity.

On a national average, CASA distributes around 9,000 daily meals to the homeless and needy families as well as clothing and toiletries. In addition, the charity creates an extensive education network in terms of social and family health, creating employment opportunities for deprived families as well as fostering protection and support for the elderly.

Samantha Gannon

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