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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The Government recognizes that child
development lies at the heart of social
transformation. Therefore, the optimal
development of children is vital to building
an ethos of "Success for all citizens".
Ayanna Webster-Roy- Minsiter of State in the Office of the Prime Minis-
ter -Gender and Child Affairs, on the occasion of the Unite Against Child
Abuse Initiative- "Public Transport Drivers"
- August 2017
Four students from the Plymouth/
Golden Lane district received financial
assistance for back to school supplies
from their area representative, Marisha
The distribution took place at the
constituency office on Tuesday 21st
August. The four students, all girls,
scored the highest marks in the SEA
examinations in their respective schools.
Speaking with Tobago Today after the
distribution exercise, one parent Rahu-
ma Black expressed gratitude for the
"I was really pleased when we got
the call and I am very proud and happy
for the assistance because preparing a
student for secondary school is very
expensive. I am also happy that she
used the opportunity to talk to the girls
and really motivate them to go forward
and do their best."
Her daughter Rihanna Black, a former
student of the Plymouth Anglican
School, will start the next phase of her
schooling life at the Bishop's High
School in September.
Rihanna said Osmond told them to
remain focused on their goals and try
their best to make use of the opportu-
nities presented to them when they go
to high school.
The Area Representative said she had
to help the students as she wanted them
to have the tools to do well.
"As a former teacher, my love for
children ... is a major part of what drove
She added: "On a daily basis, I often
get visits from constituents seeking
assistance to source back to school items
and I decided to reach out to this group
too and assist them ... as a way to reward
them for their achievements as well."
In this period of declining revenue and the
resultant loss of jobs, there is no better time
to volunteer services to fellow men and coun-
t r y.Besides the emotional value of getting involved
in projects to take our minds off our current
situations, psychologists talk about the "feel
-good moments" we get from helping others
less fortunate than ourselves.
There are many organisations in Tobago who
actively seek help from the population. We
salute and commend all of them particularly
those in Tobago.
International groups like Environmental
Research Institute (ERIC), Trinidad and Tobago
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(TTSPCA), Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity,
operating with help from local volunteers, have
done a tremendous amount of work to propel
Also, there are many national volunteer organ-
isations such as the Trinidad and Tobago Can-
cer Society, Scotia Bank Trinidad and Tobago
Foundation and many other corporate groups
that assist citizens.
The indigenous group, Environment Tobago,
has also been at the forefront of environment
projects highlighting issues, offering solutions
and seeking international help on matters that
affect Tobago's resident's way of life. They drew
international attention to the nestling site of
turtles during the recent the Tobago Jazz Expe-
rience on Turtle beach.
ERIC, the Charlotteville group is also assisting
with the preservation of turtles. They have been
working with Turtle Village Trust (http://www.
turtlevillagetrust.org), a civil society organisation
that helps local communities with sustainable
development through turtle conservation. To this
end, from May to September, on a monthly
basis ERIC surveys eight reef sites -- four in
northeast Tobago and four in the southwest
region, to collect data on turtles.
Also worthy of mention is ERIC's recent
work giving tourists the opportunity to be part
of research on forest ecosystem and climate
This not-for-profit launched its "Forest
Check" programme with persons from North
East - Tobago and visitors from Italy, Canada,
and the US. It's this kind of project that not
only highlights and promotes sustainable tourism
but makes the effort entertaining.
ERIC has broken new ground with this venture
as it is said to be the only programme of its kind
in the world.
Apart from non-governmental organisations
the government to has seen the need to encour-
age persons to volunteer.
When prime minister Dr Keith Rowley took
office he called on citizens to renew the spirit
of volunteerism which once thrived in the coun-
t r y.In the end, it takes individuals to make up
the various groups that volunteer time and effort.
It's time we begin to help to preserve our way
of life for ourselves and future generations.
Why volunteer? One simple reason is that it
promotes our own well being.
Area Representative Morisha Osmond with recipients Roxanna Grant, Rianna Black, Kayla Robinson and Destiny Walcott.
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