The month which began on Mother’s Day, and will conclude on Father’s Day, and is being celebrated under the theme ‘Family time is Precious Time – Ensuring Work and Family Balance,’
The importance of a good foundation from which to tackle the challenges of life was highlighted by the minister when she participated in the first National Month of the Family in St. Kitts and Nevis, with the planting of a tree.
“Today, I celebrate National Month of the Family with the planting of a West Indian cherry tree, here at the Ministry’s Office on Victoria Road, as a show of the potential of gardening, both as an activity for families to engage in, as well as its potential to increase our national capacity to sustainably feed itself,” Minister Liburd emphasized then.
Sustainable development is high on the agenda of every country today. Governments, environmentalists, international organizations and researchers are all in search of the best ways one can meet their present needs without compromising their future generations.
“The key messages to be emphasized here are the eating of our local fruits and vegetables to keep our families healthy and the education of our youth about our local fruits,” Minister Liburd further noted. “We wish for our communities to plant trees to ensure that our land remains productive and that we have more fruits to eat.”
The tree planting took place on 29th May which was the day chosen by the Federation to carry out the UNESCO Environment Online (ENO) tree planting activity. Local ENO Coordinator Mrs. Jacqueline Christopher revealed that a total of 132 trees of 14 species were planted on this occasion, the majority of which are fruit trees.