The St Kitts and Nevis Government is sending a 20-foot container filled with personal items for its students in Cuba.
St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew presented the packed container to Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to St Kitts and Nevis, David Rivero Pérez yesterday.
The container was filled with the help of the government, the Solid Waste Management Corporation (SWMC), the CARE Foundation, the private sector, as well as parents of the students.
“We know that there have been some challenges for our students in Cuba, therefore, we have decided to step up as a government to make sure that our students are as comfortable as possible,” said Drew. “The Cuban Government is indeed doing its utmost best to make our students comfortable and have a good stay in Cuba and so we are doing our part as well… and have committed to make sure that we fulfil this.”
Drew, who is a Cuban-trained physician, said he understands the “needs that are there in Cuba” from experience and it was important for the government to assist the students.
“They are our future professionals, and they will come back to serve their country and I think that their country should make sure that they are well, in a country that is doing their best to take care of them,” Dr Drew added.
Drew thanked the Cuban Government, parents and all stakeholders who played a part in ensuring that the needs of the students were met.
The Cuban Ambassador applauded the efforts of St Kitts and Nevis to answer the call of the students.
“It is important to me to know and see the concern of the government supporting the parents of the students who are in Cuba with some challenges that affect not only the Cuban people but also the students who are there studying,” said Pérez. “It is good also to know that we have a donation from the Ministry of Health of medical supplies for the Ministry of Health of Cuba and we thank the Government and people of St. Kitts and Nevis for their solidarity with us. We want to express the commitment to continue collaborating in order to strengthen our ties.”
The care packages include water, personal hygiene products, dry food, medical supplies and batteries. (Loop)