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Local

Mar/Apr 2017

www. EleutheraNews . com

Multi-Faceted Department of Social Services Gearing Up For Child Protection Month Activities BY THE ELEUTHERAN NEWS TEAM

(See schedule of events in April below): •

Senior Welfare Officer and Supervisor, Nickal Fernander, with the Department of Social Services in the Eleuthera District, announced recently that they were getting ready to host a series of activities during the month of April in recognition of ‘Child Protection Month’. Special guests, Pastor Gil Cox and Dr. Novia Carter from the National Child Protection Council are expected on island for the series of school visits planned.

April 25th - 10am - Visit with Preston Albury High School (with Pastor Gil Cox and Dr. Novia Carter - from the National Child Protection Council)Cookie sale day - each package helps to support a child - funds raised to go towards children living in various homes (Zion Children’s Home etc…)Pinning ceremony - of people within the community who have made a significant contribution - and who continues to pledge to do all they can to protect children within their community. April 26th - 10am - Visit with Central Eleuthera High School (with Pastor Gil Cox and Dr. Novia Carter - from the National Child Protection Council) and similar activities of cookie sales and pinning ceremony April 26th - 11am - Fun Day/Movie

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Day at Global Outreach Ministries with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from James’ Cistern Primary, P.A. Gibson Primary and Gregory Town Primary (children’s movie, and discussion about child abuse to aid in prevention) April 27th - 10am - Visit with Harbour Island All Age School (with Pastor Gil Cox and Dr. Novia Carter - from the National Child Protection Council) and similar activities of cookie sales and pinning ceremony April 27th - 2pm - Visit to Current Island - Current Island Primary and Zion Children’s Home April 27th - 6pm - Visit with PTA of the North Eleuthera High School (Parent’s Education Format)

Social Services hosts two major functions annually, including activities for ‘Child Protection Month’ during the month of April, and activities for ‘Senior Citizens Month’, celebrated in October. The Department plays a multi-faceted role within the communities across The Eleutheras. In an interview in March, Mrs. Fernander shed some light on just how many

areas her staff are involved in. “Social Services, basically, help people who are in need within the community,” she explained, “with key areas of concern being safety and sustenance.” The area of Community Support is one of the largest tenets of service in The Eleuthera District, shared Mrs. Fernander. This includes the ‘permanent food assistance’ program, mainly for senior citizens, as well as the ‘temporary food assistance’ program, encompassing younger citizens (under 60) in need. A ‘housing repair’ program also falls

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