Wife of the President of Dominica, Mrs. Liverpool unveils Yes We Care plaque on June 22, 2009.

Government is putting more than $1 million into a program to look after Dominica’s elderly after foreign assistance has ended.

The government of Libya has supported the “Yes We Care” initiative for one year, but the program will carry on, according to minister for Community Development Gloria Shillingford.

“Right now the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is supporting the program under the ministry of community development, social services and gender affairs, with over $1 million for the next year,” Shillingford told state-owned media.

“We will review the program and continue with it,” she said.

Government launched the “Yes We Care” program in 2009, and said it was introducing the initiative in the midst of a worldwide economic downturn.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit had described “Yes We Care” as a major social initiative that will bring relief to the most vulnerable people in Dominica, the elderly.