The month of May in West Basseterre was one of community togetherness and bonding. Activities which were held over the course of two weeks within the area brought scores of members within each community together in a common place to share their views, have them heard and addressed and also fellowship with each other.
On Wednesday 25th May a special town hall meeting was held at the Bronte Welsh Primary School where the focus was on the much anticipated completion of the Boyds playfield. The majority in attendance were persons living in the Boyds & West Farm communities, who came to specifically hear of plans the plans for the area and equally share their ideas for the area. Hon. Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sports addressed the crowd and gave word that “the government is working to have the Boyds playfield ready for use before the end of the year as we know that this has been a long time coming.” Richards mentioned that the field is now in its grassing phase as work that was previously done was sub-par. It is expected that the playfield will also be home to a new basketball court, as well as a children play area. Persons attending the townhall meeting were also able to have some of their general concerns addressed by Minister Richards, as well as Mr. Duncan Wattley, Director of People Empowerment. Some of the issues ranged from land and house distribution, the need for a daycare facility in the area, employment for persons within the constituency and the urgent need for roads to be paved, specifically in the Boyds community. The townhall meeting was chaired by Mr. Samal Duggins who was also able to address some of the concerns directed to the panel.
The evening of Friday 27th May was a merry one, filled with good food, good music and good fun as the members of O.R.A.N.G.E (Organization Really About Next Generation Empowerment) and the West Basseterre Executive of the People’s Labour Party held a take-a-way dinner in St. Johnston Village. The fundraising event was supported by persons within surrounding villages and some others around the island. “The money raised from our take-a-way dinner will be used to support some outreach activities to be hosted by O.R.A.N.G.E within the West Basseterre area. We have already begun working and reaching out to persons within the community, trying to ascertain what some of their basic needs are and we will try our best to assist where we can,” said Samal Duggins, lead of O.R.A.N.G.E. Duggins and his team led a food drive on the following Saturday distributing food packages to persons within the community. With a smile on their faces, the persons in receipt of the packages expressed their gratitude to Duggins for his kind gesture.
During the month of June and the upcoming months, the people of West Basseterre will be seeing the faces of O.R.A.N.G.E more often has they have committed their time to uplift the lives of their fellow villagers. “We need to be the change we want to see in this world and O.R.A.N.G.E has vowed to make that change one village at a time in West Basseterre. We are a set of focused, committed, energetic and driven young people who will ensure that lives are changed for the better and communities transformed,” expressed Samal Duggins.