A 3.9 million dollars facility commissioned at Jimmit
Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford has described the official opening of chances, a place of safety for children at risk, as an achievement in government’s mission to eradicate poverty among the country’s children and youth.
The government of Dominica and the United Kingdom-based children’s charity action commissioned the 3.9 million dollar facility at Jimmit on April 13th, 2011.
Former Manager of Action for Children, Shirley Stuart said that despite the many challenges, the facility is now completed and is geared at raising the quality of child care in Dominica.
Parliamentary representative for the Mahaut constituency, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore says chances is intended to contribute to developing socially, well-adjusted children and young people, preventing them from going astray, and adopting lifestyles that would be detrimental to themselves.
Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford noted that CHANCES is expected to help reduce the cases of child abuse in Dominica.
The place of safety is the first ever 24-hour residential home for abused and abandoned children on the island.
The facility will be managed by Mrs Ava McIntyre Roach.