HUMANITARIAN aid from the Cypriot community of Belgium for community markets in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos was received yesterday by foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
During a brief ceremony at the foreign ministry, Kasoulides thanked the Cypriot community of Belgium for its generosity. He also commented that the gesture proves that Cypriots living abroad support their home land in crisis situations.
“This aid is very valuable and will be donated to municipalities in an effort to help our fellow citizens through social activities and social programmes to do with community markets and other municipality functions.
“Even more remarkable is the hospitality offered to some children to go to Brussels,” Kasoulides said.
Kasoulides was referring to a number of Cypriot children to be hosted in Brussels.
Kasoulides also took the opportunity to encourage other organisations and groups in and outside of Cyprus to pursue similar initiatives.
Representative of the Cypriot community of Belgium, Stalo Papalouka said “the Cypriot community of Belgium is present through this difficult economic crisis which has plagued our country and caused many Cypriots to have financial problems.
“In these difficult times for our country, we all have a common function, to support each other and stand by each other.
“After fundraising events, the Cypriot community of Belgium was able to collect money to buy essential items to be distributed among the four municipalities of Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Paphos and given to people in need,” Papalouka said.
She said the Cypriot community of Belgium has decided to host 20 children in Brussels during the Christmas and Easter periods.
Five children will be chosen from each municipality. The expenses will be paid by the families who will host the children.