As the Virgin Islands wraps up activities for Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said the observance reinforces the crucial need for us as a community to protect our most vulnerable and ensure that the well-being and future of our children continue to be at the forefront.
The month of April marks 20 years since the first observation of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month in the Territory.
This year’s theme is ‘20 Years of Prevention, Protection and Awareness’.
Staff of the Ministry of Health and
Social Development wore blue on Friday, April 28, 2023, for Child Abuse
Awareness and Prevention Month.
Rebuilding the Village
In a message on the Virgin Islands
Party 1971 Facebook
page on April 28, 2023, Dr Wheatley also said the Government will be working on “rebuilding the Village” where everyone looks out for the welfare of the child.
“As Premier of the Virgin Islands
, the role of us individually and collectively should focus on legacy building. The importance of investing time now, even as we work on rebuilding the Village which will shape them and the next generation for years to come.”
Dr Wheatley also said it is important to highlight the diligence of those professionals who work hand in hand “to build a better BVI - Building Together: Prevention in Partnership.”
Staff of Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA) dress in support of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month.