Cash-strapped SLBWA ‘encouraged’ by donations from public

The cash-strapped Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) has welcomed a number of donations from members of the public.

“I must say that we are surprised but encouraged by the responses that we are receiving from the general public,” SLBWA Executive Director, Anthony Avril, said.

Last month Avril had disclosed that the association was grappling with a financial crisis.

He explained at that time that the SLBWA needs about $50,000 monthly to take care of its bills, but receives between $30,000 and $40,000.

Avril said since the association made an appeal for support to maintain its services Saint Lucians have been making financial contributions.

He recalled that on Wednesday the Red Caps Association presented a cheque in the sum of $1000.

Avril asserted that the financial support is an indication that people appreciate the services offered by the SLBWA.

He revealed that Olive Serieux, a woman who runs a shop near the Catholic Church in Micoud, had approached the SLBWA for permission to place a contribution box at her business place to raise funds for the organisation.

“We commend all of you Saint Lucians – we know that in spite of what we see on the media, and yes, there are some bad things happening, Saint Lucians are good people,” the SLBWA Executive Director declared.

He said though small, individual donations have been coming in from a wide cross section of the society.

“We believe the large ones will follow,” Avril stated, adding that the annual Pinehill Walk has included the SLBWA as one of two organisations that will benefit from the proceeds from that event.


Last month the Libyan Embassy donated $5000 to the Blind Welfare Association and promised to provide one year’s salary for someone who would be in charge of fundraising for the organisation.


  1. Paying Attention
    August 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I hope they remain open. I too want to make a donation. Just wish that they could better deal with the patrons who abuse their generosity.

  2. Anonymous
    August 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    The government could have afford to pay for Janier in….take overseas trips…so why can they not fund the blind people