How many of us have had an experience where we had a car accident and that in spite of all the body pain and hassle, at the end of the day the cheque that the insurance gives to you cannot replace your car?
In the past, the PNM’s policy for the lives of our children was guided by a similar policy. Can anyone remember baby Marissa’s case which she needed funds for a lifesaving surgery? The PNM offered only $60,000 although they knew that the surgery cost a lot more. The end result is that the 9-month baby died. The family obviously did not have an extra dime to add to this yet there was not additional funds offered. To this date, that incident still boggles my mind.
Imagine at that time, government officials were flying all over the world on private jets with large entertainment budgets. There were also instances where a large sum of money was spent for a fete to open a bridge and 2 million dollars to purchase a national flag.
Thank god for the PP government’s Children Life fund. Now our young ones have hope!
It’s admirable that the PM Kamla put 10% of her salary in the Children’s Life fund for five years; her ministers put 5% of theirs while many others contributed. The fund saved the lives of more than 100 children to date.
These type of initiatives must be highlighted because of the positive impact that it makes to our society.