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Community Development Ministry commemorates International Volunteer Day

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the launch of the Ministry's International Volunteer Day Project at the Child Welfare League of Trinidad and Tobago on Belmont Circular Road on Monday December 5, 2011.

All protocols observed.

A pleasant afternoon to you all. This afternoon, we join with millions of people across the world to celebrate International Volunteers Day. This December 5th celebration began twenty six (26) years ago with the United Nations. But we know that volunteers have contributed to our country and our world for centuries.

Contribution of the Child Welfare League

In Trinidad and Tobago, we have quite a number of voluntary organisations and civil society groups who are led by relentless, dedicated volunteers committed to meeting local needs and strengthen communities. I want to invite each of these groups to use this day to promote the contributions they have made at the community and national level. The Child Welfare League is one of these long-serving organisations, founded on April 20, 1918. Over the past ninety three years (93), the league has advocated for the right of children through child care and parent education. Ninety three years of nurturing, guidance and education is indeed a commendable achievement. Letís give them a round of applause. The board and staff deserve commendation again for their work in sustaining this necessary non-profit organisation.
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Landslide in Sans Souci, one fatality suspected

General NewsA landslide has reportedly occurred in Sans Souci, leaving a few houses destroyed and one possible fatality.

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New Traffic Plans effective Monday December 5, 2011

General NewsNew Traffic Plans effective Monday, December 5, 2011.

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Minister Baksh addresses Mothers Against Drug Abuse

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Ministry of Community Development at a luncheon hosted by Mothers Against Drug Abuse at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce at Westmoorings on Friday December 2, 2011.

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Good Morning. Iím very happy to accept this invitation to brink remarks to you at the start of the Yuletide Season. Christmas is a season of festivity and celebration for many of us. But for other sections of the population it is the time of the year when many recovering addicts slip back into drug abuse. We know that when this happens, it doesnít only affect the individual. Entire families are impacted.

On May 5th, 2010, a group of seven individuals led by mothers joined forces to start Mothers Against Drug Abuse. The groupís intention was to provide financial assistance, counselling, therapy and other services to families affected by drug abuse, particularly mothers. Over the past eighteen (18) months, this organisation has held Drug Prevention Workshops at the Secondary and Tertiary Education Level and an information session on Drug Abuse in the Workplace. It is indeed commendable that retired and working professionals have continued to volunteer their time and expertise to this worthy cause.
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Ministry of Community Development engages Community Leaders

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The Ministry of Community Developmentís St Patrick District Office hosted the second and final of its Community Leadership Training sessions on Wednesday November 30, 2011 at the Guapo Community Centre, Point Fortin. Although the event was carded to begin at 10:00 am, leaders, members and representatives of community groups, CBOS, NGS and FBOs arrived at the venue from as early as 9.00 am to acquire information about the programmes and services offered by the Ministry of Community Development.

Host for the day, and Supervisor of the St Patrick District Office, Krishna Persad extended a warm welcome and gave a brief overview of the session which was entitled ďThe Way Forward 2012Ē. He stressed that as the end of the year 2011 was near, the session offered a good opportunity for reflection of the past fiscal period and the promise for improvements in the future.