The National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD) in collaboration with Sagicor Life Insurance Company has donated five backpacks filled with school supplies to children in need.
The backpacks were handed out at a small ceremony held on Friday, August 31st.
Project Officer for the NYCD, Akinia Allen stated that the students were chosen in the council’s outreach program which occurred after Hurricane Maria.
It was noted that after Hurricane Maria, during the council’s district outreaches, it was noticed that many primary schools suffered extensive damage, and with the council understanding the importance of education, which is why the students were chosen.
Antonio Hector and Aaliyah Lugay received their backpacks at the ceremony on Friday.
Second Vice President of the NYCD, Therese Morancie noted that the NYCD is pleased to assist students, describing the donation as part of the NYCD’s goal to assist Dominica’s youth.
She noted that the NYCD is on a mission to bring about the needed change in Dominica’s youth and society as a whole, adding that “it is for this reason we, the NYCD, are pleased to award school supplies to these deserving young person.”
“Today you are being equipped with the resources needed to go forth and obtain the education which will be foundation of a prosperous future. There is greatness within each one of you, and it is the hope of the NYCD that you use education to unleash that greatness,” Morancie stated.
Meanwhile, Principal Representative for Sagicor Life Insurance, Cheryl Rolle commended the NYCD for their work, adding that Sagicor is committed to assisting young person around Dominica in receiving an education.
Rolle noted that “at Sagicor, we continue to support positive initiatives and contributing to the development of young people in sports, culture, health and education.”
“We commend you, the NYCD, on this initiative and one that we believe is very important, as education is key to a society. We want to encourage the recipient families, to make the best of this opportunity,” she noted.
“Education is not just not the means to getting a job and a salary, but it is a means of growing and becoming more exposed to a new world having fun and adventure,” Rolle added.