British High Commission Funds Training Programme for Front Line Social Service Agency Employees
Castries Saint Lucia, Wednesday, 11th, January 2017: Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc.
The British High Commission has awarded a grant to Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. to provide training for front line social service agency workers and institutions which provides support services to women and children who are victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, child sexual and physical abuse.
The Rt. Honourable Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom will be present to officially launch the project on Thursday 12th January 2017 at the New Financial Centre, Pointe Seraphine. The Baroness is the UK Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict
Following the launch, a two day consultation is set for Tuesday January 17th and Wednesday January 18th, 2017 at the conference room of the National Mental Wellness Centre from 9:00 am to discuss the challenges and gaps to providing services for women and children who are victims of violence. The project will be facilitated by Professor Lori K. Sudderth, Ph.D. Professor of Criminal Justice, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT USA.
The project runs from January 2017 – May 2018 focussing on processes and procedures to improving service delivery and strengthening institutional response of social services agencies in Saint Lucia
The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment has welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc and the British High Commission on this initiative.
Edith Jeffrey Petra Nelson
Attorney At Law
Esther Greene Earnest
Attorney At Law
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women and children from violence and abuse
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN & FAMILIES FURTHER MARGINALIZED?
We understand the program for the Assessment of Special Needs Children has been terminated and/or discontinued by the Ministry of Health & Wellness.
This special needs assessment was done by a trained Medical & Pediatric Professional contracted by the Government of St. Lucia through the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The evaluation is mandatory for each child who may display issues such as Health, Vision, Social and Emotional Development Challenges, Learning Disability, Poor Academic Performance, Underdeveloped Communication and Motor skills, etc.
The number of children on the waiting list for this program may well be in the hundreds, while there is a private entity offering the same services, many families cannot afford the fees as they must remain with their special needs child at all times, as some children require round the clock care or cannot attend school without the assessment report.
We, therefore call on the Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister & Minister for Finance, Sen. Mary Isaac, Minister for Health and Wellness, Hon. Dr. Gale T. C. Rigobert, Minister for Education and Hon. Lenard Montoute,
Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, to reinstate this program, for the benefit of poor struggling mothers at the earliest.
The termination of this program further marginalizes special needs children, specifically those whose parents are poor, underprivileged, unemployed, underemployed, rural and struggling.
RAISE YOUR VOICE SAINT LUCIA INC ADVOCATES for and on behalf of woman and children who are victims of GENDER BASED VIOLENCE and lack of access to swift justice.
Meeting with Commissioner of Police Mr. Severin Moncherry & ACP Crusita Pelius, Tuesday April 5th, 2016 to discuss matters of mutual interest i.e.
Introducing the Concept of Victim’s Aid.
Inter Agency Collaboration & Communication with regards to management of cases and support for women and children who are victims of violence (Department of Human Services & Gender Relations, Hospital Emergency Room Staff, Family Court, Probation, DPP Offices, Media, NGO’s etc), and
Sharing of ideas and information to ensure the proposed response team to assist and support the VPT Unit will adequately serve the victims of sexual crimes, etc
PROGRAMS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE TO BE REINTEGRATED AND SURVIVE
Presentation of Declaration for Action to Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony on International Women's Day March 8th, 2016.
Ithaca University, Journalism Students meets with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony. The Students are on Island to assist Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc in producing a Public Education & Awareness PSA's on Domestic Violence, Rape, Child Abuse & Other Crimes Against Women & Children.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
To advocate against domestic violence, rape, physical and sexual abuse of women and minors and to advocate for change in the system of governance specifically in the Social, Judicial and Public Systems that affect women and children.
Other Ways to Support:Special Needs Children in St. Lucia
1. Send a Check by Mail
Make your check payable to Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. Please include a note with your contact information (name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number), so that we can follow-up with you.
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc
P.O. BOX BW354
Baywalk Mall Post Office
2. Send a Wire Transfer or to Donate Stock or Mutual Funds
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia can receive wire transfers on behalf of the fund directly from your bank at any time. Please contact us at email@example.com for wire transfer instructions or
3. Make a Planned Gift such as:
School Supplies, Books, School Uniforms, School Shoes, School Bags, Wheel Chairs, Personal Care Items, Oral Care, Hygiene Kits, etc. contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
100 Women Who Care Donate To Raise Your Voice!
Valerie Jenkinson, Chair of 100 Women Who Care Saint Lucia, describes the organization as “a group of dedicated women who care deeply about Saint Lucia.” The group meets every quarter for a one hour meeting where each member donates EC$100 which is donated to a charity that the group selects through ballot. Members nominate a charity of their choice and the list is narrowed down to three. Representatives of these charities are invited to make a five minute presentation as to why they should receive the donation. Members then vote and “all” of the money collected for the quarter goes to the charity with most votes.. In the past year the organization, which now stands at just over 100 women, has donated over EC$28,000 to local charities.
Lecturer, UWI Cave Hill
Gender Justice Advisor