Feeding more kids
The St. Philip South Foundation for Education is looking to expand its breakfast programme.
Chairman of the Democratic Labour Party’s St. Philip South branch and the foundation, Carl Mapp, said in an interview with Barbados TODAY that the programme started with one school but they wanted to include another.
“We are doing pretty good. We have completed our first term and we’re looking forward to the new term. We are definitely aiming to do another school, we’ve looked at the other school [in the constituency], we’re looking to expand and hopefully we’ll be able to do that [this] year.
“It’s costly and we are looking at how we can overcome that challenge by getting some sponsors and some help,” he said.
Mapp noted that the Crane Resort and Residences helped them tremendously but they would widen their lens to scope out other “establishments” in the rural area for assistance.
There are 20 volunteers from the community who assist in the preparation of the meals which are prepared at the constituency office in Belair and transported to the school because there are no facilities at the school.
“When it was first mentioned to us it was challenging because they didn’t have the facilities at the school but we overcame that by doing some adjustments to the branch office and we imported a couple of hot boxes to transport the breakfast,” he added.
The programme was launched in September last year and in an initiative of the MP and Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, who also set up the foundation.
“I wish to thank the volunteers who arrive at 6 a.m. to ensure these kids are fed,” Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY.
The Foundation for Education is a registered charity. Its aim is to “expand the community library, increase the number of children in the constituency who are being tutored for the Common Entrance Examination, raise funds to distribute school supplies, purchase uniforms and help those who want to take advantage of tertiary education”. (DS)