Persons Afflicted With Cerebral Palsy Get Assistance

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (GISL) -- The Ministry of the People and Social Development has assured its commitment to persons living with cerebral palsy with the handing over of agricultural tools and equipment to the Cerebral Palsy Parents Association at the Himalaya Club in Barataria earlier today.

The items handed over at the ceremony, spearheaded under the URP Social Unit of the Ministry will lend support to the unemployed parents of children with disabilities. Craft and other products made by the parents and children with cerebral palsy were also on display.

The event marked Government's support of projects to be implemented under a five-part business programme driven by President of the Association Chrystal Jones and facilitated at four locations in Cocorite, Gasparillo, Arima and Penal.

Those businesses will be operated under the management of the "For My Child Services Limited", registered by the parents of children living with cerebral palsy and  include farming, sewing, catering, welding and joinery.

In commending the commitment and strength of parents of children living with cerebral palsy , Minister of the People Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh noted that the initiative resulted in "a business that would prove to secure their financial independence and by extension the financial security of their families".

"The endeavors that we are privy to here today are a true testament of love, devotion and entrepreneurship. Eighty-four women took great initiative and decided they were no longer going to be afflicted by state grants or by their economic situations, "stated Ramadharsingh.

In noting that the 13th annual survey of early-stage entrepreneurship worldwide reported a marked increase in entrepreneurship globally, Ramadharsingh hailed the programme as innovative and those involved as "distinguished front-runners" in the country.

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