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View Speech by Minister Stephenson 2019
Our mission is to facilitate social, cultural and economic development at the community level.
Our mission is to promote sustainable economic development by engineering and regulating a vibrant co-operative sector in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Our mission is to provide persistently, effective programmes and efficient services aimed at advocating equity in family relations, fostering the Rights of the Child, persons with disabilities, the elderly and enhancing the socio-economic development of all family members.
Our mission is to ensure that all citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have equal access to opportunities that will shape their social, cultural, spiritual, educational, economical and political development.
Our mission is to provide a caring environment in which boys 7 – 16 years old having familial, educational, social, emotional, and or behavioural difficulties can develop skills that would allow them to become responsible and productive citizens.


Hon. Orando Brewster

The Gender Affairs Division within the Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, etc., received items donated by the Fertilis Terrae organisation, which is an apolitical organisation that is based on Christian principles of charity and goodwill.


The items were distributed as care packages to adolescent girls under the teen Mothers programme, that was implemented by the Gender Affairs Division. The care packages included: toiletries, school supplies, baby supplies, toys and children books.  At a ceremony on Friday, 6th September, at the Ministry of National Mobilisation; Ms. Jennifer Bacchus, SVG Country Director, handed over the items, on behalf of the Fertilis Tarrae Organisation, while  Hon. Frederick Stephenso, Minister of National Mobilisation, accepted on behalf of the ministry and teen mothers. The handing over took place at the Minister’s office in Kingstown.

The initiative began following a story aired on API in September 2018. 

Members of staff of the Gender Affairs Division, including the Coordinator, Mrs. La Fleur Quammie-Harry, were present at the handing over ceremony. Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary, Communications Officer, and teen mothers.

Fertilis Terrae was established in 2017, with its main focus being "to model God's love".  Fertilis Terrae, of latin origin, means fertile ground or fertile soil.

The main activities of Fertilis Terrae are:

- Food security
- Business
- Disaster recovery
- Social welfare

The organisation solicited assistance both locally, and in the USA. The organisation's representative noted that this is a way to show the teen mothers' that God loves them, as well as their children.

The importance of the Ministry of National Mobilisation partnering with the Ministry of Education to see that no child was left behind was echoed by Hon. Frederick  Stephenson. He also thanked the donor organisation for their contributions to the teen mothers. He emphasised that the hallmark of a good government is one that takes care of children, young people, disabled and the elderly. He further urged the teen mothers to appreciate the donations that they have received.

One of the teen mothers also gave thanks for the donations. She is currently the head girl at the secondary school that she attends.




SOURCE: Information Technology Services Division (I.T.S.D)

Family Services Division

We Facilitate and identify alternative homes for abused children and the elderly.  Liaise with child care agencies, regional and International. Prepare social inquiry report for the Court and relevant international agencies.

Our Division is located in Pauls Avenue in the Co-operative Credit Union League Building. Find out more on what we offer

Contact Information

Permanent Secretaries
Ms. Catherine Defreitas 
PS For Housing and Informal Human Settlement
Location: Granby Street, Kingstown
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 4681

Mrs. Merissa Finch-Burke 
PS For Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, and Youth
Tel : (PBX) :(784) 456-1111, Ext : 3863


The Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Housing and Informal Settlement

Halifax Street Kingstown St. Vincent

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