Plans are in place for the establishment of a Kalinago Emergency Response Fund, Minister for Kalinago Affairs, Casius Darroux has announced.
Darroux said at the launch of Kalinago Week 2016 on Friday, that the fund will help senior citizens, those especially, who are in dire need of assistance.
“The Kalinago community, with little financial or economic activity going on, most of our individuals, especially our senior citizens who have worked to develop this country, but did not contribute to the social security, as we know, could not have the opportunity to gain some financial blessings to meet their daily needs or in terms of emergency,” he said.
“The Kalinago community and the rest of Dominica’s population, we are not spared by the non-communicable diseases and so this fund will be assisting them greatly in meeting their needs in terms of emergency,” the minister added.
Noting that over the years the government of Dominica has been “very friendly” to the Kalinago people, Darroux remarked, “It is not always fair that we depend on government for us to do what we would like to do, so we are taking a stand as a Kalinago people to establish this fund to ensure that we too can take care of our own Kalinago people.”
He said the health facility in Salybia was currently being upgraded to ease the movement from Salybia to Marigot and from Salybia to Castle Bruce.
Darroux, who is also the parliamentary representative for the Salybia Constituency, promised that his ministry will continue “to do all we can to ensure that the Kalinago people are well taken care of in terms of health, their social well-being, their economic livelihood…”
He encouraged the Kalinago people to be thankful to the other governments who undertook projects in the Kalinago territory, adding, “and we expect more works to continue.”