SERVICES PROGRAMMES THE MINISTRY OF WELCOME TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, GENDER AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

mission statement

The Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services is dedicated to serving vulnerable populations through advocacy, education, empowerment and enhancement of individuals, families and communities through evidence-based and customer-oriented programmes that promote equity, growth and development regardless of race and culture

“Achieving Social Justice, Development and Gender Equity through Community Development”

FEATURED SERVICES

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Counseling Services
gender
Foster Care Services
food
Food Voucher Assistance
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Medical Assistance

FEATURED programmes

BOYS’ MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

Objective

To actively engage men and boys in the Mentorship Programme from two additional schools.

Programme Description

The Boys’ Mentorship Programme, launched as a pilot at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School in July 2016 provides high risk adolescent males with viable alternatives to a life of anti-social behavior that could easily and quickly deteriorate into a life of criminality. The programme provides opportunities for the holistic development of adolescent males. Training is offered in life, social and technical skills. Utilising a collaborative approach, parents, school principals and school guidance counsellors are involved in monitoring progress of the participants. It is intended to expand to progamme to all public high schools in St. Kitts.

PROJECT VIOLA TEEN MOTHERS PROGRAMME

Objectives

  • To provide an enabling environment in which teenage mothers can complete their secondary education
  • To increase the participation of women and girls in decision- making at all level of development in public and private sectors

Programme Description

  • The programme gives teen mothers the opportunity to complete their secondary education after the disruption in their studies due to an unplanned pregnancy. It equips them with the necessary skills including personal and career development skills, job attachment, skills training, and a scholarshipprogramne. Project Viola is recognised by UNICEF as a best practice model in the Caribbean region.
  • Training of women and girls in leadership, governance and democracy.

SCHOOL UNIFORM ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME

School uniforms are granted to most needy families who foresee a difficulty in providing school uniforms for their child/children to attend school at the start of each academic year.

Applications MUST be completed by the custodial parent or legal guardian of the said child/children. The application process usually starts during May of each year. Both uniforms and school shoes are granted using a newly-established criteria that takes into consideration applicants’ level of need or deprivation.

Requirements for applications are as follows:

a. Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant

b. Pay Slip Child/Children’s Birth Certificate for first-time applicants

c. Correct Uniform Size(s)

d. Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc)

e. Acceptance Letter

f. Tuition Fee Payment Receipt

FOOD VOUCHER ASSISTANCE

A monthly food voucher is made payable to the head of a household for one (1) to two (2) years on behalf of the needy persons in that said household.

Vulnerability is measured in part by an income and expense analysis of the household. Where the remaining balance from the income is less than the minimum disposable income threshold, a food voucher benefit will be considered. The amount granted is typically based on the amount of dependents that require the assistance.

Vouchers are valued as follows:

  • For a family of one to two persons $200.00
  • For a family of three to four persons $300.00
  • For a family of more than four persons $400.00

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Pay Slip
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses including cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc.

It is important to note that a National Household Registry (NHR) Assessment will be conducted at the applicant’s home to further determine the household’s level of vulnerability.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Medical Assistance is granted to a citizen of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis who is unable to settle medical related expenses for primary, secondary or tertiary level medical care. It is granted based on the outcome of the applicant’s income and expense analysis.

The maximum payable benefit to an individual is $5000.00 USD.

Medical assistance is inclusive of the following:

  • Airline tickets for overseas treatments
  • Medication
  • Eye Glasses
  • Surgeries
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Mammograms

Requirements for applications are as follows:

  • Government-issued Identification Card (ID) of applicant
  • Copies of utility bills (eg. electricity, water) and other expenses (eg. cable, internet, hire purchase, loans, insurance, etc).
  • Quotation of requested medical service
  • Completed Medical Report form by applicant’s Doctor (forms can be collected at the Victoria Road Office in Basseterre)

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ADMINISTRATION

Telephone: 1 (869) 467-1020
Facsimile:  1 (869) 467-1552
Email: deptsdcga@yahoo.com 

DEPARTMENTS

Administration – 467-1020

Gender Affairs – 467-1397

Finance – 467-1276

Probation & Child Protection Services – 467-1311

Social Services & Community Development – 467-1314

Counselling Centre – 465-5000

Social Protection Implementation Unit – 467-1523

New Horizons Rehabilitation Centre – 662-5624

HOTLINES

Domestic Violence Hotline662-5492

Probation and Child Protection Services Hotline – 662-6833

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