The Kiwanis Club of Castries in partnership with Digicel, today presented five schools with appliances for their school feeding programme.
The beneficiaries of the gift of refrigerators, stoves and freezers, were the Augier Combined, Saltibus Primary, Bo Cage Combined, Laborie Boys Primary and Desbarras Primary schools.
The President of the Kiwanis Club of Castries, Peter Alexander, disclosed that many schools face challenges due to budget cuts and the government cannot at this time supply all their needs.
According to Alexander, working through the School Feeding Department of the Ministry of Education, the Kiwanis Club was able to determine that most of the appliances at the five institutions that were identified were inappropriate or not in good condition.
He said that Digicel paid for the appliances in the sum of some $20,000.
Alexander revealed that in addition to the five schools which received appliances today, the Kiwanis and Digicel plan to assist other learning institutions with their school feeding programmes as well, as the programme is not about food alone.
“Some have to buy fresh produce, they need cupboards, they need storage space and they have to work with certain persons in the community to get the food cooked and deliver it to the children, so there are other aspects to this that we have not addressed but we are working to have a proper and well functioning system,” he asserted.