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Under the ‘Roots to Self’ project, initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Overseas Employment Family Services Unit, several individuals are being assisted to become more self-reliant.
According to the Ministry’s annual report for 2009/10, tabled in the House of Representatives recently, the project assists dependents of migrant workers to become less reliant on remittances from these workers and to improve their standard of living.
“This was done by helping children to recognise the value of education, and adults to find or create employment for themselves, their adult children and, to a lesser extent, other members of the community,” the report read.
To date, the Unit’s social workers have identified 10 persons and are helping them with skills training, chicken rearing and pepper cultivation ventures.
In terms of skills training, two persons were assisted with registration for the HEART Trust/NTA programme, to pursue courses in cosmetology and mechanics. One person is also being assisted to register for Prospect College in Hanover.
For chicken rearing, six persons are currently being assisted to identify the space and resources to start the business, while one person, who has expressed interest in preparing and selling pickled pepper, is being aided to find a steady market for the product.
Meanwhile, during the year reviewed (2009/10), families of migrant workers continued to receive benefits provided by agencies that offer technical assistance, with a total of 161 persons receiving aid from different agencies.
Assistance was provided by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in the development of agricultural projects for these households. Individuals also received vocational training and certification from HEART Trust/NTA. The practice of self-reliance was reinforced through the enrolment of individuals in the Ministry’s Steps-to-Work programme.
The Overseas Employment Family Services Unit manages a social intervention programme that focuses on the welfare of the families of persons participating in the Ministry’s Overseas Employment Programmes. In cases where the families are deemed to be in need, they are referred to social programmes administered by the government for assistance.

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