United States Sends Humanitarian Assistance to St. Kitts and Nevis

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 16 2015 – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Denton programme, has delivered a humanitarian assistance shipment to St. Kitts and Nevis valued at USD$31,000.

Community Bikes, a not-for-profit organisation based in Hamilton, New York, donated the shipment that included bicycles and helmets for use by the St. Kitts Ministry of Youth’s “Cycle through Success” programme.  This programme provides access to bicycles as an incentive for at-risk youth to meet specific goals in areas that include academic achievement, personal responsibility, anger management, and conflict resolution.  This shipment also contained hospital supplies and equipment, school supplies, and musical instruments.  The recipients of the shipment included the Ministry of Youth, the Joseph N. France General Hospital, the William Connor Primary School, and the Cotton Thomas School for Special Needs students.

Mission Director of USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean Christopher Cushing commented, “The handover of this USD$31,000 humanitarian shipment highlights the commitment, dedication, and goodwill of several agencies and individuals from the United States Government, as well as the government of St. Kitts and Nevis. I also want to thank our dedicated Air Force officers, who ensured that the goods were transported safely and on time.

This shipment was facilitated through the Denton programme which is jointly administered by USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense.  The Denton programme allows donors to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods and equipment to countries in need.

Caption: Major Wayne Capps, Chief of Public Affairs, 315th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force (left), and Mission Director of USAID Eastern & Southern Caribbean, Christopher Cushing stand with the shipment of bicycles donated by Community Bikes.

Source Caribbean News services