Church joins partners to empower Port Glaud families


Organised in collaboration with the Port Glaud district administration and MPower Seychelles, the project was launched officially on Monday May 7 at the district’s community centre by Designated Minister Vincent Meriton, who is also the Minister for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports.

Ambassador Marie-Pierre Lloyd, National Assembly member Sultanne Jacqueline, community development’s programme development and special events director general Sylvanne Lemiel, Port Glaud district administrator Maizy Port Louis, Pastor Abel Ntep, promoter of the project, and more than 45 observers also attended the launch ceremony.

Minister Meriton commended the strong partnership between the district and stakeholders and urged the observers to reflect on the beauty of God’s work around them especially in Port Glaud, a small district endowed with a lot of natural beauty and potential.

Ms Port Louis stressed on the district’s commitment to building partnership to tackle social ills in the Port Glaud community.  Ambassador Lloyd, founder member of MPower Seychelles, joined the initiative as partner to support the empowerment programme for the benefit of families in the community.

She highlighted the scope of family values by describing the importance of strengthening families of the 21st century.

“The family is also essential in ensuring people are strong in their commitments, and promote both social responsibility and solidarity. Given its vital importance, the family has priority over society and the state. Every social model that intends to serve the good of man must not overlook the centrality and social responsibility of the family. Public authorities must not take away from the family tasks that it can carry out by itself, or in association with other families. The state cannot/should not replace or substitute the family. It should however see how to strengthen it so that it remains the central and most fundamental unit,” said ambassador Lloyd.

Pastor Ntep, chaplain and pastor of the Port Glaud church, highlighted the project’s aim, objectives and the expected outcome.  He said that at the end of this project, which will run every Monday until September 2012, the 24 enrolled observers will be able to become mentors to help other families in the district.