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Contact:  Bynta Ernest


Thursday, June 16, 2011 – In an effort to support the flourishing agriculture program at the Bordelais Correctional Facility, the Taiwanese government has made a generous donation to aid in the rebuilding of  the  chicken farm  that was partially destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Tomas.


Earlier this week, Tawainese Ambassador to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Tom Chou, made a cheque presentation to Honorouble Guy Mayers, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security.


“My impression of this facility, is that it is very well maintained.  The reason why we are is to show our support for the skills training program. I believe you are aware that  the skills training facility is very important for the inmates after they leave Bordelais to restart their new lives.

“On behalf of my government I would like to express our strong support for those inmates who want to be better persons in the future.”


The chicken farm is just a small section of the wider agricultural program at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.


Meanwhile as part of the rehabilitation model that the Bordelais facility has adopted, a number of inmates has been registered to sit CXC examinations.   The farm is in part,  utilised by those inmates to complete the practical component of the CXC agriculture program. Minister Guy Mayers, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, highlighted the importance of the donation to the facility.


“As you have heard, we have twenty six students who are inmates who are sitting CXC exams this month. As part of the agricultural program, they are using the chicken production as their SBA. Therefore its important that we get this chicken coup back in operation as quickly as possible.


“With the cheque we will be receiving, we will be ensuring that a very important component of our agricultural and rehabilitation program of the facility will continue. We want to continue our program of agriculture at the Facility because it provides an avenue for the inmates to make good use of their time. We want to ensure that the inmates can use the farm as a means of learning a skill.”


Mr. Mayers also expressed government's continued support for the Bordelais  Correctional Facility's agricultural program, in the hope that the farm could assist  in meeting the food requirements of the facility.

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