Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta (CISOM)
The Italian Relief Corps of the Order of Malta (CISOM) was officially founded on June 24, 1970 as a civilian voluntary corps of the Association of Italian Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (ACISMOM). The institution was sanctioned on the occasion of the approval of its regulation, with magistral decree n. 502/9860, signed by the Grand Master fra 'Angelo de Mojana from Cologna.
In those years, the young people of the nascent CISOM intervened as rescuers on the occasion of serious calamities: in the Belice valley then in Friuli, in Kenya where a small maternity hospital was opened, until the Irpinia earthquake. It was in that misfortune that the enormous desire for collaboration and the enthusiasm of many led to making a structure operational that was still only prepared but that began to live from that beautiful experience of help and comfort.
In 1980, the first camp for disabled people was organized in Monte Penice, which gave rise in the following years to the "INTERNATIONAL CAMP FOR YOUNG DISABLED PEOPLE" with the presence of participants from more than twenty different countries. In 1991, on the initiative of the Grand Chancellor Felice Catalano di Melilli, the Ministry of Civil Protection officially recognized the presence of CISOM as a Civil Protection structure for Italy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.