The Government of Saint Lucia is set to provide additional support to vulnerable individuals and groups, who have been negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The assistance will be part of a comprehensive relief package that will be overseen and rolled out by the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment.
The latest relief is coming through assistance from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), via a loan of US5.5M from the Special Funds Resources, allocated from funds provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), under the Global Loan Programme to build health, social and economic resilience in the member countries of the OECS.
The Loan will assist the Government of Saint Lucia in financing another Income Support Programme for persons within the informal sector, who are not part of existing cash transfer programmes and who are still unemployed due to the pandemic.
Additionally, the Ministry of Equity, as the implementing agency, will provide a suite of benefits to other vulnerable groups, including; Children with Disabilities, Persons living with HIV, Foster Carers, the Homeless and Indigent and Special Education Centers.
The launching of the comprehensive additional post Covid-19 relief package of assistance for vulnerable groups, is schedule for April 13, 2023.
The Ministry of Equity will be providing further information on the individual components as they unfold.
SOURCE: Ministry of Equity, Social Justice & Empowerment. Headline stock photo courtesy Aboodi Vesakaran (Unsplash.com).