U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ms Linda Taglialatela, joined by USAID Mission Coordinator of the Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) Lyndel Archibald and representatives of MOST visited the Boys Training Centre (BTC) on Friday February 19th, 2016.
The visit was an opportunity to see first-hand the use of the USAID donations, how they have impacted on the lives of the children at BTC and hear directly from management of the needs of the Centre.
The officer-in-charge of the Boys Training Centre, Mr Cuthbert Henry, emphasized the need for the U.S. Government to continue taking interest in the rehabilitation of Juveniles and expressed his delight with the Ambassador’s Visit.
”Madame Ambassador please take my heart felt gratitude to persons of the United States for assisting us. On the tour we hope to show you what the USAID funds are being used for. We are grateful for the assistance provide by USAID. “
Coordinator of the JJRP Ms Lyndel Archibald noted that with the assistance and donations from USAID the OECS Juvenile Justice Reform Project has come a long way.
“We are indeed very grateful not just here in Saint Lucia but across the OECS member states. This project has gone a long way in improving the lives of young persons who have been in conflict with the law. The JJRP is dear to my heart because it is heart breaking when you get to know what some of these children have gone through and in some instances they are here not through their own fault but because of what society has done to them. If USAID had not stepped in to assist I am not sure how things would have turned out “
USAID has provided the Boys Training Centre through the Juvenile Justice Reform Project with mechanical, Agricultural, Welding and Woodwork equipment to give tutors a more hands on approach. U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Ms Linda Taglialatela expressed her gratitude to the management and students of Boys Training Centre for the Welcome.
“One of the things that is dear to my heart is to help the younger generation of leaders. I am very impressed by the facility here and look forward to touring the facility. I come from Washington DC. I think education is very important and want to wish you all the best in your education endeavours and development.”
The United States under the USAID continues to support the Juvenile Justice Reform Project through the Ministry of Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment.