President of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Tamita Griffith, today urged society to help her organization develop the minds of the nation’s children as she declared that not all young people were involved in negative practices.
She made the call while speaking this morning at the Mount Olive Holy Temple, where the recently installed executive of the YWCA organization assembled for service.
“I challenge persons in our country to highlight more of the positive work being done by our young people,” she said, after the new YWCA team was introduced and led in the pledge by past president, Marilyn Rice-Bowen.
“Not all of our young people are involved in illegal activities. Many have given their hearts and talents to God. They have acknowledged that God desires them to have a close relationship with him,” Griffith said, advising adults, “do not help in fuelling the existing pressure they are facing, especially now, to conform to negative standards of the world and to be accepted within society”.
“How can we empower women in our country if we do not reach out to young girls?” she asked.
Turning to the YWCA’s programmes, she reported that its social assistance activities were making a strong impact as she highlighted the success of the Breakfast Programme.
“Our Breakfast Programme, now in its ninth year of existence, started serving breakfast to less than 30 children a day during the school year. Today we now serve 1,352 children daily.”
Griffith however stressed that the organization needed more help from the community.
She urged Barbadians, “support our organization, become part of this movement that opens doors through which members can be of service to others.
“Participate in our programmes and activities. We can never refuse contributions, whether monetary or in kind for our programmes. Every little counts.”