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As a result of the 40 per cent
cut to its subvention, the NGO
Servol has been forced to consider
downsizing its current staff.
The NGO must either make
these adjustments or face dire
impacts to its operations.
The management of Servol met
with its staff at several locations
last week, to prepare them for sig-
nificant adjustments, including
retrenchment, and a 15 per cent
salary cut to remaining staff.
Servol only has enough money
to pay its full staff of nearly 800
people, until the end of Decem-
"They told us they only had
enough money in the organisation
to pay staff until December and
that meant some staff would have
to be let go," said one anxious
"I believe they were trying to
prepare people for being let go, so
we would have time to look for
other jobs, but it is still a shock to
people who have worked here near-
ly two decades."
Servol, which has been in exis-
tence since the 1970s, has been
involved in the education and
development of disadvantaged
youth for over three decades.
Executive director of the organ-
isation Allison Haines-Basalo
refused to disclose their financial
situation to the Sunday Guardian,
when contacted on Friday.
"We have not met with the
directors yet. We have met with
staff, and we gave them an idea
about the cut in our budget but we
have not given any details," Haines-
Basalo said in a brief telephone
She said the decrease in alloca-
tion to Servol Life Centres had been
significant, adding that the organ-
isation received 40 per cent of the
budget it was allocated last year.
Government made a budgetary
allocation of $4.5 million in the
2016 budget. The 2017 budget esti-
mates indicate an allocation of $2
While Haines-Basalo did not
deny that job cuts would be part
of the measures taken, she said dis-
cussions were ongoing internally.
However, Education Minister
Anthony Garcia said there had been
no talks with Servol on the issue
and he had not been approached
to discuss measures to alleviate the
"I am open to discussions to help
alleviate any problems but again,
I have not been engaged in any dis-
cussions," he said on Friday.
Garcia said everything would be
done so that "our children would
not suffer adversely"
Servol talks layoffs, salary
cuts with employees
CHARLES KONG SOO
Due to the overwhelming generos-
ity of its supporters and organisa-
tions Women in Action for
the Needy and Destitute
(Wand) will be able to
undertake several philan-
throphic projects through-
out the country.
This was announced by
the organisation s president
She was speaking at
Wand s 16th annual
fundraising Christmas luncheon at
The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-
Spain, on Friday.
Bocas-Ryan said "Our gala ball in
May of this year was very well attend-
ed and in addition to the funds raised
through ticket sales, raffle, auction,
and a private citizen s donation of
$100,000, we were blessed to receive
another donation of approximately
half a million TT dollars from The
Price Philanthropic Foundation out
of California in the US.
"These funds are being spent in
education. Fourteen community cen-
tres throughout T&T will benefit from
computer equipment through this
grant. We ve partnered with the Uni-
versity of T&T who will play
a key role."
She said Trinidad Systems
Ltd was playing a major role
in "overseeing the hardware,
delivering and coordinating
installation, and ensuring
She said The Ministry of
coordinated Wand s site vis-
its to the community centres and suc-
cessfully negotiated with Flow for free
service for one year to all 14 centres.
Bocas-Ryan said Wand will not be
able to complete this project without
the generous support of these organ-
isations and the project was due to
be launched on November 15.
She said central to the success of
this project was a pilot project which
the organisation initiated at the
Romain Lands/St Francois valley Road
Community Centre in Morvant.
See Page A22
Wand gets $$ support for projects
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