The Zero Hunger Trust Fund which is funded by the two percent levy on telecommunications data and telephone calls have been boosted with a donation from Dubai Cares.
Speaking to News784, Executive Director of the fund Laura Anthony Browne said the organisation contributed US 500,000 Dollars.
“We are negotiating with Dubai Cares, we have submitted all the documents, and I expect in the next two weeks to receive the first disbursement, which would be half of the donation or US 250,000 Dollars”.
Browne said the first disbursement of funds would be used to support the school feeding and classroom program.
The Executive Director also told News784 that the Palestinian Government made a one off donation of US 5000.00 Dollars.
That contribution according to Anthony Browne would be used to provide water tanks for farmers in North Leeward.
Another international organisation UN Women, have contributed training or technical assistance to allow the fund to carry out parenting skills workshops.
Outside of those contributions, Anthony Browne said that the Zero Hunger Fund is grateful to Vincentians who have donated to the fund.
“The Prime Minister pledged that he would give one-month salary each year for five years, and made his second contribution last week; we also have the company One St Vincent who donated EC 3000.00 Dollars for six months”.
Anthony Browne spoke highly of Deron Grant involvement in contributing to the fund, Grant donated EC 10,000.00 Dollars in 2016, and last week made a second donation of EC 5000.00 Dollars.
Dubai Cares is a philanthropic organization working to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries.
Launched in September 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Cares expresses the UAE’s commitment to achieving, by 2015, United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UN MDG) 2 and 3 – namely, to guarantee universal primary education and to promote gender equality, respectively.
By Ernesto Cooke