Anthony Avril, Executive Director of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association [SLBWA] has told HTS News4orce hundreds of patients are at risk of missing essential eye care in the coming months.
The SLBWA according to the Executive Director is broke. The SLBWA is a non-governmental organization [NGO] however, has relied on grants from the government, civil society and the private sector to sustain operations and services across Saint Lucia.
Despite plans to ‘significantly’ scale-down SLBWA operations to stave off a complete shutdown, the Executive Director explained even that may not be enough. [Watch video.]
The SLBWA has plans to make a final plea to avoid a possible shutdown. In the coming weeks, SLBWA intends to embark on a national ‘dollar drive’, urging the public to each donate at least $1.00 towards saving the visual aid institution.
The SLBWA was established by an Act of Parliament in 1972 and is currently headquartered at Mc Vane Drive, Sans Soucis Castries.