Economist Dr. Thompson Fontaine is concerned about the children who no longer receive assistance from ChildFund Caribbean which no longer operates in Dominica.
After more than 30 years of operation in Dominica and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and after millions of dollars were spent, ChildFund Caribbean (CFC) left the region. The fund was first introduced in Dominica in 1985 as the Christian Children’s Fund, and provided services to hundreds of children in both countries. However, the organization announced it would pull out of the Caribbean to concentrate on areas of greater need, such as Africa and some parts of Asia.
Over EC$50-million has been spent in both countries over the last decade. At a phasing-out ceremony on Monday May 23rd 2016, Officer in Charge of CFC, Gelina Fontaine, highlighted the organization’s contribution to the Caribbean.
She said, “On an annual basis, Child Fund Caribbean supported over 7,500 children and youth, from birth up to 24 years of age, with a diverse range of services and programs. Our annual beneficiary count, including those who benefitted from all sources of funds, range between 20,000 and over 50,000 children and their families in some years.” She added that millions of dollars were spent in the two countries in the last decade.
Here is Dr. Thomson Fontaine with more on the matter.
Economist Dr. Thompson Fontaine
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