Rainbow Children’s Home in Vieux Fort ready to take in children
Manager of the Rainbow Children’s Home in Vieux-Fort, Sandra Faustin, says the home which was officially opened a few months ago, is ready to accept vulnerable children.
According to Faustin, they are now awaiting the Department of Human Services to assist them in identifying vulnerable children in Vieux-Fort.
The home, the only such institution in the south of the island, cost approximately $400,000 and caters to nine children between the ages of three and 12. A significant financial donation was made towards its construction by the Jermain Defoe Foundation. The home is located on a portion of land at Aupicon, Vieux-Fort, which was donated to the Vieux-Fort Children’s Society by the former administration.
Jermain Defoe is an English footballer of Saint Lucian heritage. The Jermain Defoe Foundation is a UK charity organization that works with the Government of Saint Lucia and other organizations to support vulnerable children in Saint Lucia.
“There is a need for a children’s home in Vieux-Fort because there are children in the community who need the services we provide at the home,” Faustin told Loop News in an interview.
She said apart from the Department of Human Services, the police will also assist them in identifying vulnerable children in Vieux-Fort.
According to Faustin, she is a bit worried that they have not been able to accept children at this time but expressed confidence that they will be able to do so in a few weeks’ time. “We are eager to have the home running,” she said.
In an interview with several residents of Vieux-Fort, they say a children’s home is a need in the community, and have even identified certain areas where there are vulnerable children who are in need of the services the home provides.
“Bruceville (formally Shantytown) is the first place the home and the Department of Human Service should target,” a resident said.