In celebrating its anniversary, the foundation will be hosting a week of activities that also would benefit surrounding communities. This was disclosed by Officer Lauston Perciville, a member of Operation Future.
“The week of activities starts from Sunday 1st February. It begins with a church service, followed by school visits, then the Wednesday, we will be doing some community presentations where we will deliver 10 food hampers. Each hamper will represent a year that we have been inexistence. With the help of Social Welfare, we will pinpoint the persons who needs it most in the community,” said Perciville.
Currently, they are in the process of finalizing a rally for school children around downtown Basseterre, adding that there will be a cleanup campaign in one of the communities in St. Kitts during the week.
He did not disclose which community they will venture to for the cleaning exercise, because they do not want persons questioning why that individual community was chosen over others, Perciville pointed out, as he indicated intention to spend additional time in the schools.
“Because Operation Future is surrounding youth, we are trying as much for the week of activities to spend a lot of time in the schools. What we are going to do in the schools is find out from the schools what problems they are faced with right now, and we are going to speak on that,” said Perciville, adding, “Whether it be bullying, whether it be sexual abuse, whether it be gang violence or whether it be drugs, whatever the problems are in the schools, we will speak on that.”
Reflecting on the ten-year existence of the programme and the benefits that it has brought to the community, Perciville indicated that it is through foundations such as the one he is part of, that problems within the communities around St. Kitts and Nevis could be tackled.
“We see this as a beneficial component to the communities, because each community has its own problems. Once we can go into a particular community and assist in alleviating those problems that is where we know definitely that the community is being helped by Operation Future,” he pointed out.
Going forward he pointed to the establishment of centers in communities that they currently do not have offices.
“Each community has its own community center, so we want to start programmes like this right around the island, so that we would have persons within their own community being trained in their presentation and things of that nature.”