Residents of the George Charles Boulevard in Marchand, Castries now have access to needed public facilities.
On July 4th, the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund [SSDF] under direction from the Ministry of Equity and Social Justice with financing through the Caribbean Development Bank [CDB] officially opened the George Charles Boulevard public laundry and restroom facilities.
Allison Mathurin SSDF Executive Director noted,
“…it is a reminder that in 2017 right in the capital of Castries, we have need for that sort of facility…”
The low-income, George Charles Boulevard community is among the poorest in the capital. Parliamentary Representative for Castries East, Philip J. Pierre, remarked on the reported three  year life cycle to establish the project which arose out of years of pleading by George Charles Boulevard residents for improved living standards.
“…It was a facility that was requested by the people of the George Charles Boulevard because of the obvious issues as they relate to the disposal of waste etc. It was a facility that came after several meetings…I really want to thank the SSDF…the SSDF at the time was under tremendous pressure to get things done but decided that the George Charles Boulevard…was a priority…”
It is estimated that more than 250 people reside in the George Charles Boulevard, which comprises over 85 dwelling houses. Reportedly, a significant number of homes in the George Charles Boulevard are without running water and in-house bathrooms and toilets.
Equity Minister Lenard Montoute affirmed the need for the public laundry and restroom facilities for George Charles Boulevard residents and like communities across Saint Lucia. [Watch video]
The new public amenities outfitted with toilet and shower facilities were built to accommodate male and female, as well as handicapped residents in the George Charles Boulevard.
The CDB contributed a reported $700,000.00 or 95% of the financing toward the project.