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Homes benefit from Newsday’s ‘Save The Street Children Fund’
Tuesday, March 22 2005
NEWSDAY’s “Save the Street Children Fund” donated cheques to five charitable organisations last week. The Vision of Hope Halfway House, Ferdean’s Place Children’s Home, Marian House, the Paideuo Learning Centre and the Credo Foundation for Youth have all benefited from the fund. The homes care for children who have been abused, are runaways or were abandoned on the streets. Newsday is proud to be affiliated with these homes and feels honoured in helping because we all know a little help goes a long way in assisting these children. Jude Marie Aird was presented a cheque for the Vision of Hope Halfway House in La Brea. The money will be used to upgrade and purchase furniture such as beds and cupboards for battered women and children who stay or live there. Presently there are 28 women and children occupying the home.
Newsday was also very proud to give financial assistance to the Ferdean’s Place Children’s Home. This particular home helps children of all ages in every respect. Children from infant stage to 18 years stay at this home. Due to the harsh circumstances in which they were living, many of the children have severe learning disabilities and require special care. Ruth Elcock Small, representative for the home, stated, “While we are appreciative of the financial help needed to repair and in some places replace the roof, we welcome volunteers and are pleading for a visiting psychologist to assess our children’s needs.”
The Marian House, located at 156 Henry Street in Port-of-Spain, was also a recipient of the Newsday fund. According to project manager, Judy Rampersad, the money will be used to repair the kitchen as well as purchase kitchen utensils. Acting director of the Credo Boys Centre, Sister Juliet Rajah, thanked Newsday and said they would be purchasing shoes for their boys to go to school. The principal of Paideuo Learning Centre, Judith de Verteuil, was all smiles when she received the cheque for her institution. Temporarily located at the Basilon Street Youth Centre in East Dry River, the centre aims to get children off the streets and help them to lead as normal a life as possible.
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