Grand Bahama Children’s Home Officially Reopened

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Inclement weather did not stop the much-anticipated arrival from Nassau of the 30 children of the G.B Children’s Home on Friday, October 16, for the official reopening of the Home. As promised, Min. of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell accompanied the youngsters from the nation’s capital to Freeport, along with other senior government officials and chaperones. The Grand Bahama Children’s Home had been damaged by Hurricane Dorian over a year ago, and the children were moved to home facilities in New Providence while the GB Home was being repaired. It was a happy day to see them return to their familiar surroundings.

The reopening ceremony was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest; Minister Campbell; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis; Vice-Chairman of the G.B Port Authority, Sarah St. George; senior government officials and executive members of the Board of the Children’s Home.

Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest said it takes a village to raise a child, and the residents of Grand Bahama have lived up this saying over the years. With several boys as residents at the Home, he called on men to “step up” and find some time to spend with them. The load, he said, will not be heavy “if we all chip in.” Acknowledging the police officers present, he added that when he was a young man, the Police Force was continually active in Boy Scouts and it had a positive influence on those who attended. He then threw out a challenge for them to volunteer with the young boys at the Home. Minister Campbell said the government cannot do it alone and recognizes and appreciates the work done with partnerships such as the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. While in New Providence, the group was housed at the Ranfurly Home for Children, the Children’s Emergency Hostel, and Nazareth Centre. Following the remarks and ribbon cutting, there was an official tour of the facility.

More photo highlights below:

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest on Friday, October 16 urged men in the Grand Bahama community to step up and spend time with the young male residents of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home. This challenge was made during the reopening of the Homes. The 30 young residents returned to Grand Bahama, on Friday, from New Providence after 13 months. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

MINISTER FRANKIE CAMPBELL, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, accompanied the 30 children of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home from New Providence to Grand Bahama on Friday, October 16, 2020. The children had been moved to Nassau because of the damage caused by Hurricane Dorian over 13 months ago. Minister Campbell is seen addressing the small gathering during the reopening of the Home. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

As a result of inclement weather, the ribbon cutting for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home was moved inside on Friday, October 16, 2020. Shown from left are: Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis; Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; Mrs. Jean Hivert, Treasurer, Grand Bahama Children’s Home Executive Board; Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell; Vice-Chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Sarah St. George; and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

During the official reopening of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home on Friday, October 16, several Government Ministers are seen listening during the ceremony. At right is Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie Campbell who accompanied the children from Nassau earlier that morning; Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis; and Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson. (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)

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