Human Services Minister opens two Resource Centres in Port Mourant

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Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr Vindhya Persaud on Friday officially opened two Resource Centres – one for the elderly and sick and the other for Early Childhood Development – at the St Francis’ Headquarters Complex in Port Mourant, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).

The Centres support training for job creation, youth and women empowerment, pre/play schools, remedial education, counselling, psycho-social support services and care for the elderly.

In addition, the Centres are part of the Spotlight Initiative, which provides a unique opportunity for the ministry and its international partners (European Union and United Nations) to address family violence as a major public health and development issue with significant ramifications at the individual, community and national levels.

Inside one of the Resource Centres

Five priority areas of intervention for the Spotlight programme are (i) Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; (ii) School based Gender-Based Violence; (iii) Intimate Partner Violence; (iv) Incest/ early sexual initiation/ teen and pre-teen pregnancies; (iv) Forced sex by a family member or relative.

Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud inspects one of the Resource Centres

St Francis Community over the last three months has been executing a number of Spotlight Initiatives across Region 6 in two locations – United Bricklayers in New Amsterdam and at St Francis Headquarters in Port Mourant, Corentyne. (Press release from the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security)

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