St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Government is implementing a year- long project.
The Single Mother's Advancement and Resilience Training (SMART) to empower 100 single mothers.
SMART, was launched Thursday (April 6) in Basseterre with the St. Kitts Nevis Advocacy Consultancy and Training Services (SKNACTS) in collaboration with the St Kitts Nevis National Commission for UNESCO.
“More than 50 percent of our households are headed by single mothers and fathers play little or no role. Single mothers are forced to make a choice between spending time with their children and giving attention to their children or to do second jobs and work extra hours to sustain their families. Current trends and social behavior particularly continue an increase in the crime wave and are attributed to largely poor and ineffective parenting. The goal of this project is to improve the standard of living of single mothers and their family by promoting healthy lifestyles and empowering them for model parenting. The objectives are to empower single mothers to be more self reliant, to improve the parenting skills of participants, increase the income generating capacity of single women through academic classes and technical training and to promote self care and health conscious lifestyles among the participants,” consultant Terry Morris said.
Development Expert and Consultant Dwyennete Eversley also addressed single mothers who attended the launch of the project. Areas identified for empowerment strategies include basic English and Mathematics, Technical Skills Development Business Skills, Parenting Skills Sessions and Personal Empowerment.