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.