PRESS RELEASE – Through the provision of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (EC$500,000.00) from the Government of Saint Lucia, the Community After School Programme (CASP) of the Ministry ofSocial Transformation, Local Government & Community Empowerment is set to continue changing the lives of vulnerable children around the island.
On June 29, 2015, advocates and participants of the programme gathered to celebrate the commencement of a new cycle of the CASP.
Mr. Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, a longtime champion of the CASP, along with Mr. Robert Fevrier of 1st National Bank, and Mr. Noorani Azeez Executive Vice President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) attended Monday’s ceremony where they pledged their continued commitment to the success of the programme.
“We are recommencing a programme that targets children coming from the most economically depressed areas of our country.
The CASP has proven to be very successful over the years in providing a safe learning environment after school hours for deserving children who would otherwise be lured into idleness or negativity,” remarked Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment the Honourable Harold Dalsan.
The CASP experienced some financial constraints last year, however upstanding corporate citizens of the SLHTA and 1st National Bank-through the endorsement of Mr. Hinkson- found it apt to contribute to the sustainability of the programme.
In 2014, the SLHTA supported the CASP through the provision of funding in the amount of EC$70,000.00.
Minister Dalsan indicated that this new cycle will also see an expansion of the CASP from seven (7) centres to fourteen (14) centres island wide, namely: Faux-a-Chaux, Wilton’s Yard, Ciceron, Monchy, Babonneau, Belair, Jacmel, Millet, Soufriere, Fond St. Jacques, La Maze, Vieux-Fort South, Vieux- Fort North, and Mon Repos.
The Minister expressed gratitude to the corporate partners who came forward to complement Government’s initiative to ensure the continued operation of this beneficial service to youth in vulnerable communities.