“Direct link between poverty and hunger in SVG” Laura Anthony Browne

Director of Planning Mrs Laura Anthony Browne while speaking at the Adopt a Classroom programme, the first in a series to be under taken by the Zero Hunger Trust Fund explained to those attending the ceremony that late last year St.Vincent and the Grenadines joined the rest of the world in signing on to the sustainable development goals.
The first of these goals is the eradication of poverty and hunger. She said following the legislative establishment of a board of directors for the Zero Hunger Trust Fund immediately set to work to start to design programmes to achieve the mandate which is to eradicate hunger in this country.
Director of Planning Mrs. Laura Anthony Browne
She said that based on available data, it was noted that there was a direct link between poverty and hunger and also in some communities where there was a significant level of poverty the school attendance of children was not as it ought to be.
190 children from primary schools in the areas of Chateaubelair, Fancy, Fair Hall, Barrouallie and Mayreau will benefit from this programme.
These schools were selected based on the last conducted country poverty assessment.
This programme also differs in terms of how the assistance is being provided.
“We have decided to be a little bold and instead of giving you all handouts like a voucher, we have decided to empower you a bit by providing you with the actual cash, so that you can go yourselves into the stores and purchase the supplies,” she explained.
She said she believed that providing the money directly to the parents would immediately assist with alleviating conditions of poverty. She noted that support would be also given in this regard with suggestions being made as to what items should be purchased.
The programme will be monitored very closely with an expectation of seeing significant changes.

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