Cash-strapped Blind Welfare Association gets Libyan support

The cash-strapped Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) Tuesday received financial support from the Libyan Embassy in Saint Lucia in the sum of $EC 5000.

In presenting the cash, Charge D’Affaires, Hisham Tayeb, said in the future  the Libyan embassy will also cover one year’s salary for someone who would be in charge of fundraising for the SLBWA.

Tayeb said he was pleased to support the association and promised to continue  standing with it.

The Libyan diplomat asserted that it was very important to take care of the blind.

Earlier this month the SLBWA revealed that it is facing a financial crisis, raising questions about whether the organisation will be able to continue functioning for the next few months.

Executive Director – Anthony Avril had told the Times that the association needs about $50,000 monthly to take care of its bills, but currently receives between $30,000 and $40,000.

External Affairs Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun told Tuesday’s cheque presentation ceremony that when her ministry heard of the situation, the ministry felt it was important to reach out to Saint Lucia’s friends in the international community to support the SLBWA.

She described the Libyan donation to the association as a gesture that did not represent all that will be done to assist Non Government Organisations and help them to do the fund-raising that they need to do.

“We understand that nowadays fundraising is different and we have to employ more targetted approaches to fundraising and we want important NGOs such as the Blind Welfare Association not to be in the situation that they are in today,” Flood-Beaubrun declared.

She said her ministry wanted NGOs to have a strategic approach to fundraising that would be ongoing.

The minister observed that NGOs overseas employ persons to raise funds full time – writing project proposals and developing creative ways of ensuring that people contribute.

Flood-Beaubrun observed that it was only on Monday that she contacted the Libyan Embassy here about supporting the SLBWA.

Acting Prime Minister, Lenard Montoute and Executive Director of the SLBWA, Anthony Avril were among those in attendance at Tuesday’s cheque presentation ceremony.


  1. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    And it was how much?

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm


      1. Anonymous
        July 25, 2017 at 9:13 pm


  2. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Read the article and you will find out how much. Stop reading only the headlines it is not the main part of the story

  3. M
    July 25, 2017 at 7:23 pm


  4. sharon terrell
    July 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    5,000.00,i guess its better than nothing,what about raising funds,like doing a bake or cake sale,holding concerts,a few talent shows etc etc.5,000.00 better than nothing its a start,if the blind welfare receiving,30-40 thousand a month,wow what do they do at the blind welfare association,but if you receive 5,000.00then you need 5,000.00 more.I dont understand.but thank you Libya.

  5. Anonymous
    July 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    They would have received EC$50000 if Gadaffi was still alive. He was such a generous guy. Even a blind man could see that. R.I.P. Gadaffi.

  6. The Accountant
    July 26, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    EC$50000 per month to run the Blind Welfare Association? They must be paying high salaries there or some bobol must be going down since Avril cannot see the figures.

    1. Anonymous
      July 26, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      EC$50000 per month equals EC$600000 per year.

  7. Rosemary Compton
    July 26, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you Hon Sarah Flood and the Libian Embassy. Every cent counts. This is why the Association will be making an appeal soon for the public to support its dollar drive. They are also planning a Dinner in the dark.

  8. cringeworthy
    July 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    How insulting…..not sure why we have relations with these regimes…killing hundreds of blacks…even the ceremony makes one’s toes curl