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School for Children with Special Needs receives $2,000

School for  Children with Special Needs receives $2,000


The St Vincent and the Grenadines High Commission in the UK recently made a “much-needed” donation to assist the students of the School for Children with Special Needs.{{more}}

Frederick Stephenson, Minister of National Mobilisation, Social Development, the Family, Persons with Disabilities and Youth, – handed over a cheque for $2,000 on behalf of the High Commission on Tuesday afternoon.

Phedra Samuel, principal of the institution, said: “We are grateful to receive this cheque… It will be put to good use.”

She further explained that the school has been receiving donations through the sponsorship programme for the past two years.

Stephenson said that this donation was made possible through the High Commission’s SVG-UK Outreach Sponsorship Programme, – which is the brain child of SVG’s British High Commissioner Cenio Lewis.

The programme aims to assist impoverished children in SVG, and this year has an allotted fund of EC$60,500.

This year, an extra $6,000 was added to this fund to be disbursed to the three Special Needs institutions here.

The Georgetown School for Children with Special Needs and the Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs (Bequia) are also expected to benefit from the programme.

Started in 2005, the sponsorship programme annually awards bursaries and donations to primary and secondary school age children in SVG.

This year, 120 students received $400 bursaries, and 26 students each received $250 vouchers. (JV)