The Child Abuse Prevention Unitweek has organized a week of actives leading up to the Universal Children’s Day on November 20 and is calling on the public to support.
The Unit’s acting coordinator, Nichole Toussaint John-Baptiste, said activities will begin on the 17th of November with a candlelight vigil in Roseau in support of victims of abuse.
“We are still working on the venue but it will be in Roseau from 6pm to about 8pm. There will have different presentations from different groups giving support to all the victims and all the survivors of child abuse,” Toussaint John-Baptiste stated.
She said on Monday the 18th of November, the division will hold a children’s forum where various schools will be doing presentations on different topics including rights and responsibilities of children, self-esteem and self-harm and social media and its impact on the youth.
On Tuesday the 19th there will be a consultation with practitioners of child protection involving all stakeholders and sectors such as the health sector, the police, the prison, Ministry of Education and the Social Welfare Division.
“They will be trying to do a collaboration to mend bridges and to see how Dominicans can move forward in making child protection more accessible.” Toussaint John-Baptisteshe explained.
On Universal Children’s Day, November 20, a mural will be unveiled at the Massacre Primary School where students will be given the opportunity to express themselves and to voice their opinions on child abuse through acting.
On the 21st of November, the Division will also hold a forum with school principals to discuss issues of children protection and on the 22nd , visits will be paid to the communities of Grandbay, St.Joseph and Grand Fond to give out information on laws regarding children’s protection.
The goal of Universal Children’s Day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.
BREAKING NEWS: Suspected case of Corona Virus in Jamaica
25 mins ago
January 28, 2020
There is a suspected case of the Corona Virus in Jamaica according to several Jamaican news outlets.
Reports coming out of Kingston is that there is a patient at the University of the West Indies hospital who arrived from China with the deadly novel coronavirus.
China’s death toll from the new viral disease is now at 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.
There were 1,771 new cases confirmed in China, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission.
Queen contestants Kimra Charles and Melanie Charles aim to use their platforms to make a difference
2 hours ago
January 28, 2020
Miss Dominica 2020 contestant Kimra Charles is using her platform -Breast Cancer in Men- to encourage them to get screened early for the deadly disease while Melanie Charles, also launched on Saturday, wants to be a voice for voiceless children.
Charles used her official launching ceremony last week Saturday to encourage men to do routine check-ups.
Charles who is sponsored by Maxroy Trading was launched in the park opposite Ma Boyd’s Bar.
“I want to draw to your attention to one specific strain of cancer that a lot of people are unaware of and that is breast cancer in men,” she said.
She said she is aware that some men are reluctant to do routine check-ups.
“But my platform I will be encouraging our men to be checked. A check today could save your boyfriends, your husband, father or son from a lifetime of pain,” Charles said.
According to Charles, over the past 10 years, reports showed that there have been four known incidents of breast cancer in men in Dominica.
“And I believe it is one too many,” Charles remarked.
Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Roseau North, Danny Lugay who also addressed the event is encouraging Dominicans to live a healthy lifestyle.
In direct support to Charles’s platform, Lugay said, “it will mean that when she goes to the school and the public when she speaks, she will have to speak of healthy lifestyle including diet,” he stated.
He also encouraged the consumption of more fish in the community.
“And one of the changes I would like to see is that Dominicans eat a lot more fish coming from the Fond Cole fishermen,” he said.
These lifestyle changes according to Lugay should also include exercise on a regular basis.
He also encouraged participants to enjoy the journey.
“Wearing the crown will be only temporary but the friendship forged among yourselves will be for a lifetime,” Lugay indicated.
Melanie Charles of Goodwill was also launched on Saturday and her aim is to become an ambassador for the voiceless children in society.
Speaking at the ceremony held at Lindo Park she said children are the most vulnerable in society and it is imperative that they start off on equal footing in life.
“Sadly, and for a variety of reasons many parents are not in a position to care for their children in the best possible way. And so, their living conditions are poor as well as their diet, hygiene and this goes on to affect their schooling, education and general, physical and mental health,” she told the crowd gathered.
Melanie said she feels extremely blessed to be able to say that she is part of a family who gave her a purpose and voice to be standing here this afternoon.
“I am no longer that shy girl that I once was. I want to place underprivileged children with loving, caring, responsible families right here on our island,” she said.