The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives yesterday handed over two washing machines and a newly installed water filtration system to the management committee of the Cheshire Home, Mahaica, which is home to 23 disabled persons.
“With the time and resources saved by the use of the washing machines for laundry duties, the staff at the Home should be able to focus more on the important aspects of child care and individual development needs,” said Raymond Drouin, Charge d’Affaires at the Canadian High Commission.
According to the High Commission, the items were handed over in demonstration of Canada’s commitment to supporting persons with disabilities and children with special needs. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives provided $1.5 million for the procurement and installation of the items.
“These children have a right and deserve adequate care and special attention. Their needs are unique and they are totally dependent on the staff, nurses and care-givers to meet those needs,” Drouin observed.
According to Joan Rodrigues, chairperson of the voluntary management committee, it was on June 16, 2009 that the committee met with Mrs Ann Green, who manages the Canada Fund for Local Initiative locally, to discuss the needs of the Home, especially with regard to improving the water system and laundry facilities.
This meeting led to the approval of the committee’s application for Canadian funding.
“We are grateful for the sterling support of Mrs Green who initiated the tax exemption applications for the water filtration system from Spads Inc and the two washing machines from Courts,” said Rodrigues.
She said that as a result of the new system, the water quality and quantity have improved, resulting in the work load of the laundry being reduced and better finished.
The management committee, administrator and staff of the Cheshire Home thanked the Canadian High Commission “for coming to our aid and positively impacting on the comfort and welfare of our residents in such an important area.”
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