Wife of The Bahamas Prime Minister Supports Sewing Classes in Over-the-Hill Community – Magnetic Media

Posted: July 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm

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#NASSAU, The Bahamas July 15, 2020 Wife of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Patricia Minnis has thrown her support behind the launch of a sewing programme under the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative, aimed at economic empowerment of residents.

The programme, which provides free sewing classes, waslaunched on Monday, July 13, 2020 at the Urban Renewal Centerville centre, Deveaux Street. Also present were Minister of Social Servicesand Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell; Samita Ferguson, ExecutiveManager, Over-the-Hill Unit, Office of the Prime Minister; and Kemie Jones, ProjectManager, Over-the Hill Unit, Office of the Prime Minister.

Mrs. Minnis,in her official function, Office of the Spouse of the Prime Minister,underscored the importance of the programme and other such initiatives.

She announced that July 20-24, 2020 her office will hold foodprocessing classes for women and girls to empower them to make a living.

Mrs. Minnis also envisioned plans to duplicate theseinitiatives throughout the Family Islands.

So we are swapping, switching and looking at various thingsthat happen in this, Over-the-Hill community to carry to other communitiesespecially in the Family Islands. They would love to see the sewing machines aswell as the food processing classes going to all our Family Islands, she said.

The Over-the-Hill Community Development PartnershipInitiative donated the 10 sewing machines to two Urban Renewal Centres Centreville and Bain & Grants Town as part of the launch of a suite oftechnical and vocational programmes in the inner city. These programmes are designed to attractresidents who are unemployed or with low incomes to entrepreneurship andapprenticeship. Residents are encouragedto contact Urban Renewal Centres to apply.

Another objective of the sewing programme is to providemale/female residents with opportunities to explore other entrepreneurial pathsto earn a primary or second stream of income and thus reduce poverty inequalitylevels and potentially reduce crime.

The key stakeholders are the Over-the-Hill Unit in theOffice of the Prime Minister, Urban Renewal, Department of Inland Revenue andthe Small Business Development Centre.

The sewing programme is part of components of theOver-The-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative launched by thePrime Minister in May 2018.

The Initiative is built around six key pillarsdesigned to fully restore the Over-the-Hill community communities. Thepillars are:

Social Empowerment

Economic Empowerment

Rejuvenation

Smart Technology

Green and SustainableTechnology

Programmes for the Youth and the Elderly

BIS Press Release by Lindsay Thompson

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