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Government allocates money to children's homes for Christmas

Published:Saturday | December 23, 2017 | 9:40 AM
In this file photo children play in a bounce about.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says it will be disbursing approximately $18 million to Government-run children’s homes for Christmas.

Portfolio Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says this is being done to ensure that youth in State care are afforded the opportunity to share in the joy of the Yuletide season.

He made the announcement during the Ministry’s ‘Christmas Celebration’ cocktails and dinner, on Thursday.

A total of $1 million was presented to each of the five institutions represented at the function by wards and their caregivers.

These were Maxfield Park Children’s Home; Sunbeam Home for Boys; Mona Rehabilitation Centre; St Anthony’s Children’s Home; and St Mary’s Girls’ Home. 

Senator Reid has assured that the funds would reach the accounts of the other children’s homes before Christmas”.

Meanwhile, Senator Reid says the Ministry will be lobbying the Government’s provision of additional funding in 2018 to further boost support for wards of the State.