“…this is the last of what we would’ve expected…we are absolutely baffled…” – Anthony Avril, Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association [SLBWA] reacting to the discovery of an apparent break-in at the Sans Soucis headquarters in Castries.
HTS News4orce obtained footage of the break-in aftermath at SLBWA offices. The staff and private security pointed News4orce to suspected finger prints and damaged doors suggesting forced entry.
The SLBWA Executive Director did not report missing items following an initial assessment. Nonetheless, the incident has stunned the already beleaguered non-profit eye care institution. [Watch video.]
On July 23rd, the SLBWA made a public appeal for assistance due to dwindling financial resources. The SLBWA has warned they could be forced to close operations permanently if the financial situation does not improve. A SLBWA shut down could result in hundreds of eye care patients missing essential aid.