GIS – 25 November 2013: The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China donated equipment to ten Social Welfare Centres during a ceremony held this morning at the Wooton Social Welfare cum Resource Centre in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Li.
Items donated comprise TV sets, which will be used for community shows, footballs for youth associations and tournaments and ping-pong tables, pads and balls intended for afternoon activities and competition, and school bags to be distributed to needy children in December. In addition, the Embassy is providing computers and printers that will be utilised both by the administration of the centres as well as for training of the community.
The 57 Social Welfare Centres operate under the aegis of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare. Their mission is to promote the well-being of community residents within three to five miles of the centres. The activities organised by the centre target different-age groups: children, youth, men, women, persons with disabilities, elder persons, families and other vulnerable groups.
The Social Welfare Centres provide capacity building programmes such as basic computer literacy, adult functional literacy, training course in home economics, dressmaking and crafts, among others. Library facilities and newspaper services are also available. To promote the welfare of community residents, the Centres offer keep fit and physical fitness activities and indoor and outdoor games.
As regards community service, the centres organise creativity activities for children during school holidays, intergeneration activities, TV shows for the public, group recreational programmes, community kitchen gardening, living values as well as family value programmes. In addition, the Centres propose hobby course in traditional music and dance and inter-centre/inter-region exchange visits and programmes.
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