The Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) recently brought together members of LIAT’s Cabin crew who have been helping to raise funds for the region’s most vulnerable children and some of the recipients of their efforts.
In October 2012, the FDCC and LIAT together launched the Sky’s the Limit inflight donation campaign where passengers on LIAT are encouraged to give their spare change towards the provision of early childhood development services for the region’s youngest and most vulnerable children. The funds will help the FDCC to keep their ECD projects going, in particular the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) and the Early Childhood Health Outreach (ECHO) project, currently available to thousands of families in St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
In early December, the FDCC arranged for members of the cabin crew who actively promote the Sky’s the Limit campaign and collect donations onboard LIAT to meet with some of the children and families who benefit from the RCP. The team spent a few hours with the families and RCP coordinators in the Anse Le Rey community in St Lucia, seeing and hearing firsthand how the project is making a difference to the lives of many families.
The LIAT crew also came bearing gifts for the RCP coordinators and encouraging words for the parents involved in the programme. According to the cabin crew members, seeing the children and meeting with the families involved gave them added impetus to further promote the Sky’s the Limit campaign and to raise as much funds as possible to strengthen and expand the programme.
Over 10,000 children have benefitted from the RCP project over the last 10 years. The FDCC is currently working to raise funds to ensure that the programme is sustained in the four current territories while being expanded into other Caribbean countries. FDCC officials explain that research has shown the RCP is one of the most cost-effective approaches to providing early childhood development services in this region. It currently costs approximately US$304 a year per child to maintain the project. END - NB: For further information or queries, please contact: Francine Charles –
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