BASSETERRE: A youth rehabilitation centre in St. Kitts and Nevis has received a donation of US$300,000 for furniture and equipment.
The donation to the New Horizon Rehabilitation Centre “reflects the continued partnership between the United States and St. Kitts & Nevis, through the Humanitarian and Assistance Program of the U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),” said U.S. Ambassador to the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis, Larry Palmer.
Palmer made his remarks at a recent ceremony attended by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, Minister of Social Services and Community Development, Marcella Liburd; Minister of Public Works, Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Project Coordinator, Raphael Archibald; and other guests.
“Whether it’s helping to provide things like beds, desks, computers and security equipment to the facility today, helping to build law enforcement capacity, or advancing legal reform, we are all working together to reach people who are most at risk – from economic hardship or natural disaster,” said Palmer.
He said the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative – a partnership established between the U.S. and Caribbean states in 2010 – helps improve the safety of the region’s citizens through the promotion of social justice, justice sector reform and assistance to vulnerable populations.
“I must commend the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis for committing resources to develop this youth co-ed rehabilitation facility that will serve to protect vulnerable youth, and to offer a second chance to those who have run afoul of the law.
“We hope that your efforts here will lead to the effective and lasting rehabilitation of young offenders into productive citizens, and a stronger and more comprehensive juvenile justice system that reduces crime across the Federation,” said Palmer.
He said the donation of equipment to the Centre “is only part of our commitment to your efforts to address issues related to youth in conflict with the law”.
Palmer said the United States, through USAID’s Juvenile Justice Reform Program for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, will continue to support the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis in reforming the juvenile justice system.