December 17th for a Christmas party in their honour annually.
The yearly event was organized by the St.Kitts Rotary Club and the Ministry of Community Affairs, and was graced with specially invited guests and dignitaries.
Among them, was the Minister with responsibility for Community Affairs, the Hon. Rupert Herbert, who expressed to the paper that it made him feel really good to see the children at play and in retrospect; it reminded him of the games that he himself enjoyed when he was a child.
“These are the kind of things,” Minister Herbert remarked, “I think we have lost which cause other lifestyles that are not elevating such as gangs to emerge among our young people.”
Minister Herbert added that he would like to see such games resurrected among the nation’s youth.
He observed that it would take a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health, the community and the Ministry of Education to orchestrate such an atmosphere that would resurrect these games among young people and the benefits that can be acquired from such engagements.
Minister Herbert highlighted that the Ministry of Health support such activities since they serve to keep children healthy, active, and more tolerant of each other.
President of the St.Kitts Rotary Club, Mr. Denzil Crooke explained that the even has been sponsored by the club for many years since it is worthwhile and it brings happiness to the children.
“These are children,” stated Mr. Crooke, “who even though they were adopted, can know that they are very much loved and cared for by not only their parents and guardians, but also by us.”
“We want them to enjoy Christmas just like children who have wholesome families,” he remarked.
When asked what it was that made his club partner with the Government year after year to organize this event, Mr. Crooke revealed, “just to see the smiles on the children’s faces and the fun that they are having is most rewarding for us.”
“Real peace,” he said, “comes when we are able to provide a service to people who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
He concluded by encouraging the general public to support activities that are organized by St.Kitts Rotary Club since proceeds to activities such as these, “bringing smiles to people who we serve.”
The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick was also prominent among the invited guests at the gathering.
He expressed that this was one of the most successful programmes in St.Kitts and Nevis in terms of reducing the burden of violence against children.
“These children have been more or less abandoned by their natural parents and have otherwise been taken in by honourable people who have stepped forward to care for them,” remarked Dr. Martin.
“These folks,” emphasized the CMO, “should be highly commended by this country!”
“If not for these kind-hearted folks, many children would be continually abused which would be added to our basket of children with behavioral problems,” pointed Dr. Martin.
He also commended the Ministry of Community Affairs and the St.Kitts Rotary Club having the vision to see that prevention is better than cure.
“I look forward to see this yearly because I see some of the same children I had the pleasure of seeing as babies are doing quite well and some are even in highschool,” he expressed.
Dr. Martin concluded by encouraging the general public to rally behind foster parents and support them in every way that they need.
The Organization of the American States (OAS) Director, Mr. Starret Greene was also prominent among guests. He too in expressing his joy to be a part of the event described it as a wonderful experience to see children doing what they do best, have fun and be children.
“This is such a wonderful way to come together with the foster children and their parents and I am impressed by this to see the children running around and to hear their laughter,” remarked Mr. Greene.
He added that he felt very positive to be at the event with such a crowd.
He commended the social workers for the wonderful job they do in helping these children to realize their fullest potential, “because it’s all about nation-building.”
The party was graced with characters such Dora the explorer and the season’s favorite Santa Clause, who gave each child a gift that was unique to them.