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State of the Art Community Centre opened in Waterloo

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the opening of the new Community Centre at Waterloo on Saturday January 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm


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It is a pleasure to have you all here as we open the doors of this beautiful community centre. This is one of the new, vanguard community centres that we are opening through the Community Centre Construction and Refurbishment Programme.

This community centre and others like it across this country remind us of an undeniable truth: that when the men and women of Community Development are called to serve, they serve and they serve with distinction. As a former Community Development Officer myself, it is inspiring to see that the work of improving life in our communities, remain in very capable hands.
We know the challenges communities face. We know that the costs of renting a commercial facility, equivalent to this community centre, can be prohibitive. We know that without a common venue for community gatherings, group meetings, classes, and other community activities, social cohesion would remain an elusive goal.

As we open the doors of this community centre, we are also opening the doors of opportunities for the people of Waterloo and environs.

Waterloo is very fortunate to have a modern community centre like this one. It features an auditorium, a teaching kitchen, a classroom, a computer room with internet access, male and female restrooms, a gym, and an office. Added to the features of this Community Centre we have provided for you a range of furniture and equipment at a high cost to the tax payers. This centre is also equipped with an “inbuilt” Public Address System.

Government is pleased to endow the people of Waterloo with this new imposing Community centre. We trust that you will avail yourselves of its facilities responsibly and purposefully.
Exorbitant costs and long-distance logistics will become a thing of the past for Waterloo community groups. You will now be able to focus on the events that matter most: these are your meetings, your events, and other activities.

This community centre will serve over 900 families in the immediate environs. Undoubtedly, hundreds more from throughout Central Trinidad will be attracted to Waterloo, to access this affordable yet outstanding facility.

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Minister Baksh to open Waterloo Community Centre

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally open a new, vanguard community centre for the people of Waterloo and environs on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm. Located at the corner of Butler Village Street and Waterloo Main Road, the modern facility features an auditorium, a teaching kitchen, a classroom, computer rooms with internet access, male and female restrooms, a gym, an office and a built-in public address system. The building is also bespoke for the differently-abled and ready to serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster.

"Community centres assist in keeping the youth from getting involved in criminal activities because of the programmes that are conducted there,” villagers have been quoted as saying. Through its Community Education Programme, the Ministry of Community Development annually offers over 200 courses in skills that empower thousands of citizens from across the country to become either employed or self-employed.

The Community Centres Construction and Refurbishment Programme has also been credited with providing jobs to villagers and small contractors from the area where centres are built or refurbished.

Since taking office, Minister Baksh has opened the Guayaguayare Community Centre, the Preysal Community Centre, the La Seiva Community Centre, and the Union Village Community Centre.

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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Ministry’s Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development



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Minister Baksh to open Waterloo Community Centre

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally open a new, vanguard community centre for the people of Waterloo and environs on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Located at the corner of Butler Village Street and Waterloo Main Road, the modern facility features an auditorium, a teaching kitchen, a classroom, computer rooms with internet access, male and female restrooms, a gym, an office and a built-in public address system. The building is also bespoke for the differently-abled and ready to serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster.

"Community centres assist in keeping the youth from getting involved in criminal activities because of the programmes that are conducted there,” villagers have been quoted as saying. Through its Community Education Programme, the Ministry of Community Development annually offers over 200 courses in skills that empower thousands of citizens from across the country to become either employed or self-employed.

The Community Centres Construction and Refurbishment Programme has also been credited with providing jobs to villagers and small contractors from the area where centres are built or refurbished.

Since taking office, Minister Baksh has opened the Guayaguayare Community Centre, the Preysal Community Centre, the La Seiva Community Centre, and the Union Village Community Centre.

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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Ministry’s Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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Fire victims and senior citizens in Tobago receive NCSH grants for minor repairs

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, in conjunction with the National Commission for Self-Help Limited distributed 60 Minor Repair and Reconstruction Grants to flood and fire victims in Tobago on Wednesday December 29, 2010 at the Ministry of Works and Transport building at Shaw Park. A total of 40 hampers were also handed out to senior citizens and needy families in the sister isle.

In delivering the keynote address at the ceremony, Minister Baksh pledged to increase the amount of the Disaster Relief Fund and Minor Repair Reconstruction Grant, saying it was insufficient, especially in cases of natural disasters. However, he noted that the issue has to be taken to Cabinet. The MRRG currently stands at $10,000 and the recommended amount is $15,000. NCSH chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo made the opening remarks at the ceremony.