The United Kingdom (UK) has provided thousands of dollars in grant funding to Antigua and Barbuda, with the aim of improving the lives of persons living with disabilities.
This donation coincided with the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and it was made through the British High Commission’s office in St. John’s.
The grant of EC$27,333 was awarded to the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy, and it will reportedly go towards the development of an aquaponics system for the Ministry’s Centre for Persons with Disabilities.
Not only will it teach the users of the centre how to set up and operate such systems, but it will ultimately serve as a source of support and income for about 20 participants.
Resident British High Commissioner Lindsy Thompson says the grant comes at a most fitting time and is in keeping with this year’s theme: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.”
It also forms part of the United Kingdom’s belief in equality for all, she says.
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that marks this important development is expected to take place shortly.