Dominicans have seen improvements their lives – Shillingford


Parliamentary Representative for the Wesley Constituency Gloria Shillingford has told Dominica Labour Party (DLP) supporters that Dominicans have seen significant improvements in their day to day lives as a result of government’s intervention.

Shillingford said the Yes We Care Program, which feeds several needy senior citizens on the island, is testimony to her statement.

She said the expansion of the public assistance program which assisted some two thousand persons last year is another factor.

Shillingford who was at the time addressing the DLP’s Delegates Convention in Grand Fond said further that, “its (Yes We Care Program) mission is to improve the quality of life to all members of communities, giving  special attention to the weak, physically challenged, elderly and vulnerable”.

She said that the program provides protection for eighty-three children from various kinds of abuse by locating them in the homes and placing them under the guardianship of caring and responsible foster parents.

She also pointed out that government is executing a number of projects under the Basic Needs Trust Fund Program which is currently assisting communities around the island in water supply, resource and health centers and the refurbishment of schools and roads.

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  1. ComeAgain
    February 15, 2011

    wel yes its a gud ting dey implemented Yes We Care but its d govern. duties 2 take up such programs like dese 4 our elders…wat about other tings in our society where its concerns..d level of poverty is indeed increasin..we need jobs 4 young plp..incentives 2 keep young plp off d streets and from drugs and violence and d list goes on…plz my fellow ministers lets nt 4get d other drastic issues around us 2day..but like i said its a gud statement but dnt 4get deres more 2 take up…

  2. barber
    February 15, 2011

    one would think that it is the responsibility of any government to provide for its citizens be it left or right winged. The role of the government of to protect and serve citizens in every way as laid down in the constitution of the said state. When a government does good things for the country it is never about political party or for the sake of party supporters. Being the government is serious business. One would not accept nothing but development and upward mobility for citizens. Improvement must not only come from a superstructural and infrastructural position but one would have been waiting to see the development of strong and rational minds that are bent toward critical thinking and non partisan ideologies. Improvement is serious business and it has nothing to do with Domino partner, kubuli drinking friend, party supporter or liming partner or party supporter. Let’s hear it from the people as regards improvement or for a want of a better word development. Only the citizens can say whether or not their lives have improved or not> In this regard it would be timely to conduct a survey so as to get a clear picture. When the government is doing good for the land we all shoudl support but when things are not good for the nation we all should object – not individuals – but the government! May God bless Dominica and the Government and Opposition

  3. Powil Pa
    February 14, 2011

    The lady Ministry is Social Welfare… So obiviously she dealt with areas where her ministry has done work…

    Instead of sitting on the sidelines… Get out there and start a little business… Do something so help yourself if you are such an intelligent able bodied individual…

    Start and fail… Then try again… And try again… Rome wasn’t built in a day!!!

  4. pat
    February 14, 2011

    ms shillingford, are you ok? you really need to have a psychiatric evaluation? period.

  5. dominica i come from
    February 14, 2011

    Life is tough for many people in the richest nation of the World
    we can all agree. But i do agree life of many people in Dominica
    has improved. alot more to do be done and can be done but we are all
    responsible to make our county better.Why are we putting down
    our beautiful island?. I agree life for many people have improved
    The infrastruture of the island is amazing. i love my Dominica
    go to another country and u will see how good we have it in Dominica

  6. From London The patriot
    February 14, 2011

    I wish I was in DA right now.

    Guys! I know that money is scarce in some hands in DA, but many of you are much better off than us in the (die- as- poorer). Some of us are catching hells out there right now. Many of us can’t even afford to visit our homeland because of our dire circumstances, much of it is poverty related.

    Please enjoy the God given gem of Dominica, and praise the Lord every day for DA.

    Better days are coming. Praise God. With God in it I tell you there is a future for DA.
    Let God do the intervention in DA.

  7. Concern Dominican
    February 14, 2011

    Well said. Gloria Shillingford needs to go back and do what she does best, (trying to teach).

  8. hmm2
    February 14, 2011

    Mrs Shillingford, are you saying that in order for me to see an improvement in my life as a Dominican i must be either old or needy, since you have based and judged the improved livelihood of Dominicans on the Yes we Care program?

    • concern gal
      February 14, 2011

      That is so right and I wish Gloria would stop think before she speak because she is useless look at what is happening in her Village she didnt even attented the workshop conducted by Tiyani Behanzin she coulnt face the truth all she does is make sure her pocket is full while the unemployed are suffering but it would up to the Wesley people to dethroned her she is just not the right person to represent anyone, and those are the folks who claim to be christian.

  9. Truth, Justice & Righteousness
    February 14, 2011

    Anybody who thinks that people’s lives are enhanced by receiving welfare has a problem.. There lies our problem!! Poor us! Welfare is the answer!! People need to be self sufficient, to prepare a future for themselves and their chioldren. not to be limited by a life on welfare..

  10. lets
    February 14, 2011

    Shillingford can you see clearly,haha just in marigot there over 145 persons and climbing on welfare wonder who you all speaking too maybe the the coconut trees!!

  11. Wongping
    February 14, 2011

    There is employment for these youths on the projects in Possie.

  12. sweet lifer
    February 14, 2011

    Boss not little improvement nah! I have two cell phones, both black berries. My friends in the US have one cell only. I have cable, thanks to affordable Marpin. One of my friends in the US cannot yet afford cable. Hahahaha. I getting barrel twice a year from the same friends that always complaining about how it cold, and the bus not coming and they have to work two jobs. I myself working ministry from 8-4pm and then after is home sweet home or sewo.
    I have a washing machine…my friends in the US going laundromat. Look kicks. I have my ride – they have to take bus/subway. Just now I going to build my house on a little piece of land granny give me. One of the same friends, renting a room for years in a dumpy basement in Bronx. I was there last year for my usual 6-week vacation in New York. I see it for myself. Me, I not leaving D/a for nobody.
    Boy life good in D/a.

    • dominica i come from
      February 14, 2011

      tell dem

      February 14, 2011

      May I suggest that you tell your friends not to send any more barrels, as they need it more than you.

      Do they know that you are mocking them.

      Yes life is extremely hard for some Caribbeans who emigrate to the US, UK or Canada. Ploughing through the snow is not easy. Wearing layers of clothing to keep warm is not easy.

      One day your friends WILL be in a position to return to Dominica. I returned from the UK and yes life is good in Dominica.

      • Dominican Star
        February 15, 2011

        I agree with Fed up Dominica. Sweet lifer’s friend should stop sending barrels,and use their money for the betterment of themself.

    • US
      February 15, 2011

      Sweetlifer, you decided not to leave D/ca after the US embassy turned you down so many times. You could try harder to conceal your envy.

  13. Help the PM>
    February 14, 2011

    The lives of the people in your Constituency Wesley would improvement significantly if you had the backbone to fight to have the 50 room hotel remain on the North East. You’re as weak as you look. They elected you and when you had to stand up and fight for them, you allowed the other members to move the jobs to Portsmouth. The young, strong, healthy and unemployed in Wesley and Woodfordhill need to earn a living. But again we never had any high expectation of you.

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