St. Maarten Prime Minister holds discussions on addressing social issues

POSTED: 06/18/12 12:49 PM

From left to right Aida Holaman, Joy Arnell, Pyt Lucas, The Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Angela Dekker St. Maarten representative of USONA and Peter Mazereeuw program manager SEI (DCOMM Photo)

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams was presented a copy of the Integrated Neighborhood Development Program last week and was given a presentation on its contents by Mr. Pyt Lucas of For a Change Unlimited. The report included information on the social makeup of the various districts and communities on St. Maarten.
Information was given on the general population description in the various districts; the population makeup in terms of birthplace in the various districts; the gender and age bracket of citizens living in the districts. the religious makeup of those living in the various districts; education level; the differences between the neighborhoods based on income level; unemployment level in the different districts; access to medical insurance; housing; the availability of services; and parenting. All the data is based on extensive interviews which were carried out to gain information which now forms the basis of the Report;
During the presentation the prime minister discussed the various approaches her government can take in addressing some of the social issues outlined in the report. Discussions were also held on how foundations that are established to address social ills such as community centers should become financially self-sustainable and the possible funding opportunities that may become available through the newly established St. Maarten Development Fund (SDF).Wescot-Williams oversaw the official signing of its establishment on June 7.
The prime minister was also informed that information campaigns on the Integrated Neighborhood Development Program will be conducted in the various districts in the future.

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