Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Foster Cummings, “kicked off” construction works for the Sevilla Transition Home for Young Women in Couva on October 31, 2022.
“The construction of this facility will assist in bridging the gap young women face when they come of age and are required to leave community residences. This Transition home will provide young women between 18 and 24 with supported housing for a two-year period while equipping them with the necessary skills and tools needed to transition into adulthood,” explained Minister Cummings during his feature address.
“Our Ministry intends to address the gender inequality that currently exists in Transitional Homes as well as, promote the upliftment of young women. The MYDNS is working to remove the systemic barriers that hold young women back from equal participation in all areas,” Minister Cummings added.
The Honourable Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister: Child and Gender Affairs who echoed these sentiments described the Sevilla Transition Home as the start of new era.
Also speaking at the event was Senator the Honourable Donna Cox, Minister of Social Development and Family Services who acknowledged the challenges associated with providing adequate accommodation and care facilities for the vulnerable and congratulated Minister Cummings on this achievement.
The project is a collaboration with the Rural Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (RDC). On completion, the Sevilla Home will house approximately 50 young women who will benefit from detailed Developmental/Care Plans for each resident.
The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service remains committed to bringing all stakeholders together to provide programmes and services that cater to the personal and professional needs of our youth.