LocalNews Gov’t commits assistance to 9 social institutions by: Dominica Vibes News – December 16, 2016 Sharing is caring! 181 Views no discussions Share Share Share Tweet Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)The Dominica government has committed financial support to nine social institutions which care for children, elderly, disabled and vulnerable members of society.This commitment was expressed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Thursday 15 December 2016 following a meeting with nine representatives of social instutions at the Ministry of Finance conference room.The Prime Minister, along with Minister for Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs, Lady Catherine Daniel dialogued with the representatives on matters affecting them.Dominica Infirmary, Parents advocating for the inclusion of children with disabilities, House of Hope, Grotto, Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, Operation Youth Quake, Northern District Home for the Aged, CHANCES and Workshop for the Blind were the organizations present at Thursday’s meeting. Mr Skerrit says government is aware of the challenges associated with caring for the vulnerable groups and as such purpose of the meeting was “to hear from them, what are the challenges [that] they are experiencing, and how they believe the government can assist in addressing these challenges”.The Prime Minister, who informed that he is aware of some of the issues that these organizations are facing through direct interaction with them, said he found it “necessary to bring everybody around the table so we can have a group chat on the issues”.“I’m very pleased with the discussion; I think it has given all of us a better appreciation of the challenges, not only one institution, but each of us knowing of the different issues and the challenges,” Mr Skerrit stated.Having heard from the nine social institution representatives, government has committed to providing training for their employees and financial support to address existing infrastructural challenges. “I’ve asked the Ministry of Social Services to collaborate with the State College to produce a module that will provide care and training for those persons providing care to the vulnerable groups in society,” he said and added that the state will underwrite the cost of that training. The second decision taken is to provide direct financial support to addressing some of the challenges with the facilities.“So for example [Dominica] Infirmary has a major water problem, leakage of the pipes and so forth and they need to replace doors, frames, tiles, bathroom and so forth and we will underwrite that cost,” Mr Skerrit said.The Prime Minister informed that the Grotto Home for the Homeless needs about two hundred thousand dollars to complete its new home at Bellevue Rawle and the Operation Youth Quake needs some assistance with a farm and additional furniture. Government will also underwrite the cost to assist both of these institutions.“The third thing is the recurrent cost, because I know of the challenges that they have sometimes. While the government provides subvention, sometimes in many instances, the subvention is not sufficient and they have to be soliciting support from the private sector in society, but that support is not in a consistent manner,” Mr Skerrit explained.So the government’s intention is to minimize on those challenges that these social institutions are having.“We will not be able to eliminate it all because the state cannot do everything but certainly we will try our best to fill the gap and to address the challenges which they are experiencing,” he said.The intention is to make the pledged support available to these institutions within one week of Thursday’s meeting.Additionally, government has committed support to these instutions in having their respective facilities insured.“A brilliant idea came forward by one of the institutions saying why don’t we get together and approach an insurance company and go as a group so we can get some group discounts. So they will do so and we will support them with the funds required to have those buildings insured,” Mr Skerrit explained.
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