Press Release:- Upon the request from Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) decided to support the project of SLBWA for promoting the social participation of persons with disabilities.
On 15th November, 2021, SLBWA and JICA Saint Lucia Office signed the contract agreement on the follow-up cooperation project for JICA’s past technical cooperation program.
This project was envisaged by Ms. Debora Pamphile-McLean of SLBWA who participated in JICA’s training program ‘Social Participation and Livelihood of Persons with Disabilities through a Community-based Inclusive Approach’ in 2018.
The main objectives of the project will be to implement a (1) national survey and registration on blind & vision impaired person, (2) COVID-19 awareness program to both blind & vision impaired person and general public, and the (3) improvement of educational environment of blind & vision impaired students under COVID-19 in order to orient and implement the support system adapting “new normal” for blind & vision impaired persons in Saint Lucia.
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On the occasion of the signing, Mr. Hiroyasu TONOKAWA, Chief Representative of JICA Saint Lucia Office, mentioned that this project is quite important considering the situation that blind & vision impaired person have been faced with.
In response to that, Mr. Anthony Avril, Executive Director, SLBWA expressed his gratitude to the support of JICA and commitment to complete the project successfully.