The Children’s Welfare Fund made monetary donations to twenty-two pre-schoolers from eleven districts across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Pre-school teachers, parents and children were present at the ceremony to collect the funds. The disbursement ceremony was held at Government House on Friday 8th April.
Speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the Children’s Welfare Fund, the Governor General, H.E. Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Lady Gloria Antrobus said that the funds would assist parents who have difficulties in meeting the monthly expenses associated with their children’s pre-school education.
According to Lady Antrobus, the Ministry of Education selected the respective pre-schoolers with assistance from the committee members of the Children’s Welfare Fund, spearheaded by Mrs. Janice Fraser of Vinsave. Each preschooler received $600.00 which will cover school fees and one meal per day, stated Lady Antrobus. The total amount disbursed at the ceremony was $13,200. Lady Antrobus reiterated the membership’s commitment to continue this assistance to parents.
Senior Education Officer with responsibility for Early Childhood Education, Mrs. Gwenette Cambridge, said that she is pleased to be a part of the Children’s Welfare Fund initiative. Cambridge acknowledged that the funds are an investment in building the right foundation for the children. In the next 10-15 years, these children will make significant contributions to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cambridge said.