Thursday, July 26th , 2012 – The Government of Saint Lucia has launched the Short Term Employment Programme Uplifting People (STEP UP), earlier this week, all with the aim of assisting individuals to become independent breadwinners.
This programme, targeting the communities of Anse La Raye/ Canaries is expected to empower the residents to take pride in their community, while at the same time, removing them from long term structural unemployment.
Prime minister and Minister for Finance, Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is hopeful that this latest initiative will be an indispensable programme for the country, given its viable social gains and economic impact.
“Villages like Anse La Raye and Canaries, will undoubtedly feel the impact of this programme. Not only will our landscape be enhanced, and our country beautified, but the shop owners, the bus driver, the vendor will begin to notice greater activity, as more persons become financially empowered by earning their fair wage.”
The Parliamentary Representative for Anse La Raye/Canaries Honourable Dr. Desmond Long has lauded government for keeping its promise to provide his constituents year round short term employment.
Dr Long says as two of the most poorest communities on the island, the year round Short Term Employment Programme Uplifting Lifting People (STEP) will go a long way in addressing the poverty and unemployment situations.
“There are a number of people in this constituency of Anse La Raye /Canaries who are unemployed and have difficulties raising their families and earning a decent living and this initiative STEP UP is there to curb this problem by ensuring we can bring some income to those families and I would like to thank the Prime Minister on behalf of the people of Anse La Raye/Canaries for delivering on his promise to provide the constituents of these communities a continuous STEP programme at least starting this year and going beyond”.
Also, present was Minister of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment, Honourable Harold Dalson who encouraged the people of Anse La Raye/ Canaries to embrace this significant project.
The government is committed to making this programme a year long STEP UP with the aim of employing 200 persons from the community every quarter.