The Ministry of External Affairs, International Trade, Civil Aviation and Diaspora Affairs has facilitated “a sizeable monetary contribution” to the Holy Family Children’s Home (HFCH) in St Lucia.
This represents the third largest donation towards a special cause by individuals in the diaspora in 2021, according to a stluciatimes.com report.
The donor is St Lucia-born Marjorie Duchel Zephrin who is now resident in Martinique. Martha Pierre, who made the contribution on her cousin’s behalf shared that Duchel Zephrin has been considering for some time, how she could contribute to the country of her birth.
“She sought the assistance of the consul in Martinique…to determine the most effective way and meaningful way as well that she could contribute to the welfare of children in St Lucia. It is on her behalf that I, as the oldest relative residing here, make this presentation of EC$30,000 to Sr Antonia David.”
Sr Antonia, Administrator of the Home expressed appreciation for the “timely donation” which will assist the Home in moulding productive citizens of St Lucia.
“To come to the point of choosing to give back to St Lucia and to give to children…these are the persons that will be taking care of us tomorrow. They will be the ones sitting here in the not so far future as the ministers and doctors and nurses doing exactly what Madam Duchel is doing. Thank you, Madam Duchel….” Sr Antonia said.
Via Zoom, Duchel Zephrin applauded the managers of the Home for the “wonderful work” they have been doing.
The cheque presentation was done in the conference room of the Ministry of External Affairs.
The HFCH is one of two institutions of its kind on the island that provides a unique service to abandoned, abused, and orphaned children in St Lucia. The Home’s mandate from inception is on providing a loving and caring home for children from birth to 10 years old.
It was founded in 1997 by the Archdiocese of Castries in collaboration with Good News Project Inc, from Wisconsin, USA and the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Delivrande, which operate and manage the Home with the help of a Board and administrative staff.