The Associazione Culturale Valentina Moncada supports A Hundred Shots For a Hundred Smiles, a project promoted by the Italian Association of The Sovereign Military Order of Malta with the purpose to create a secondary school in Sudan to help poor girls building their future or that of their families and villages. The school will be constructed in the Rumbek diocese in south Sudan. The Order of Malta commitment, supported by Walter Veltroni Mayor of Rome and it is part of a huge supporting program coordinated by the Department of Municipality’s Civil Protection.

The exhibition presented at the Valentina Moncada Gallery was a charity event for childhood. The exhibition gathered almost twenty photographs of Luca Catalano Gonzaga, a communication expert, who intended to describe and valorize, throughout the simple universal language of photography, the important charity activity of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in some forgotten places around the world. Main characters of these beautiful images are children forced to very difficoult social and health situations. The perfect use of black and white and the full-contrast in the shots, printed on barium papers, made more incisive the life difficoulties of the poorest children “with no place in the world”, although Catalano Gonzaga managed to maintain their emotions and smiles.

In this occasion one of the photos exhibited, titled “A smile for life”(2004), has been selected and inkjet printed on paper in only 100 copies to be sold. It is possible to give a charitable contribution or to buy a copy of the limited edition photo.

The Order of St John of Jerusalem is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation. Present in Palestine in around 1050, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature. Its 13,500 members include Professed Friars and others who have made the promise of obedience. The other Knights and Dames are lay members, devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity. What distinguishes the Knights of Malta is their commitment to reaching their spiritual perfection within the Church and to expending their energies serving the poor and the sick.

The Order of Malta remains true to its inspiring principles, summarised in the motto “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum”, defence of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering, which become reality through the voluntary work carried out by Dames and Knights in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities. Today the Order carries out these activities in over 120 countries.

Patronage: Sovereign Military Order of Malta, The Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni, The Department of Social Activities and Heath Promotion of Rome Municipality and The Honorary President of ANIMA Nicoletta Fiorucci.

ANIMA is a non profit Association founded in 2001 and promoted by the Industrial and Enterprises Union of Rome. It is constituted by a group of managers and companies with the mission of promoting cultural and social enterprises on the basis of sustainable development.