The Orphans and Elderly Fund awarded EC$43,000 in cash and equipment to eight caregiver institutions in Grenada at a formal presentation on July 4 of this year. The Calliste Home for the Aged, Cedars Home for Battered Mothers, Dorothy Hopkin Centre for the Disabled and the Bel-Air Home for Children were presented with donations which included cash, electric beds, cribs, washing machines, televisions, refrigerators and a commercial stove. In addition, 12 year-old Ryan George was presented with an EC$3,000 scholarship towards his secondary education.
“To my little Ryan George, it is with great pleasure that I hereby present you with your scholarship,” commended Sister Francis Nelson, Chair of the Orphans and Elderly Fund. “I hope that you will put all that you have into your studies so that it will take you far places in life. It is also up to all of us in the community to help you through not only the next five years but also in years to come. Congratulations on your success thus far.”
Established by Chancellor Charles R. Modica in 1991 with the goal of raising EC $500,000, the Orphans and Elderly Fund has raised over EC$1.8 million over its 25 year history. Fund distributions have supported a variety of initiatives, including much needed building renovations for caregiver institutions, the purchase of medical equipment, and support for education programs in collaboration with the Foundation for Needy Students founded by their Excellencies Sir Daniel and Lady Williams.
“I want to thank Sister Francis and her team for graciously donating to these homes,” praised Mrs. Lima Frederick, Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Community Development. “Many of the people in these homes are people who’ve helped to build our country which we are now benefitting from today and it is good that we should appreciate them. This could not have been possible without you, the donors, and I hope that we will all continue to respond when Sister Francis calls.”
About the Orphans and Elderly Fund
Chartered to meet the needs of caregiver institutions throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, the Orphans and Elderly Fund has expanded to provide support to improving the quality of life of anyone living under destitute circumstances. The fund depends on private financial contributions and is supported by Chancellor Modica, the SGU Alumni Association, faculty, students, and foreign and local businesses and individuals.
By Ray-Donna Peters