(PRESS RELEASE) – The opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) has launched a “Next-Gen SKN Care initiative,” which would see thousands of families getting food packages over the uncertain conditions.
Political leader of the NextGen SKN, The Right Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas said the relief initiative will provide 1000 care package food baskets to the most severely impacted during this economic lockdown.
“Our mission is to get this done before the Nation returns to 24-hour lockdown on Saturday 4 April at 7 pm,” said Dr Douglas who stressed that he is first, a physcian, before a politician.
In its first instance, under the relief initiative, SKN Labour Party will provide 1000 care package food baskets to the most severely impacted during this economic lockdown.
“Our mission is to get this done before the Nation returns to 24hr lockdown on Saturday 4 April at 7 pm,” said Dr Douglas, who pointed out that he is a physcian before a politician. Funds which were being raised to finance the election campaign of 2020 general elections, will be moved and dedicated to the Next-Gen SKN Cares Initiative, which is an NGO (A charity organ of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party).”
A letter has been written to Police Commissioner, Mr Hilroy Brandy, to assist party volunteers in distribution of another 2000 care packages to people of St Kitts and Nevis during the period of curfew till April 9.
“Country has been on shutdown, we would be able to provide support to people who are severely affected by the economic crisis in St Kitts and Nevis,” said Dr Douglas.
The letter requests Police Commissioner Brandy to provide curfew pass or permission for around 10 persons who will be distributing free food and goods supplies to the needy people, specifically poor people who will starve to death if curfew remains in force.
Dr Douglas, in his letter, mentions his priority of hygiene and sanitisation during distribution.
“We in the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has an efficient team of doctors, and we are committed to follow all the precautions before distributing care products to people. Proper equipment will be used, i.e. masks, gloves and hygiene will be maintained along with social distancing for both during packaging and distribution.”
Dr Douglas pointed out that the packages which are being distributed will reach out to each and every needy person regardless of their affiliation with any political party in St Kitts.
He said the package will include all sort of essential goods for household including Vienna sausages, tuna, rice, macaroni and cheese, flour, oats, milk, Ovaltine, tea bags, sugar,mix drinks, bleach, soap, masks and many other everyday products to provide major relief to the public.
The move came after the failure of the Timothy Harris-led government to provide any relief fund to citizens of St Kitts and Nevis prior to the shut down of the country as people are struggling to get food for their families.
Deputy Leader of SKN Labour Party, Marcella Liburd said that the initiative would provide support to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those laid off from jobs and single mothers along with the people with minimum wages.