Mural-painted bus shelter unveiled in Sarot/Belair community

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Castries, St. Lucia – The Sarot/Belair community witnessed a major developmental transformation as a groundbreaking project unfolded, reshaping the transportation infrastructure and empowering local entrepreneurs.

Unveiled on April 19 at the Sarot/Belair junction, the eye-catching, mural-painted, one-of-a-kind bus shelter features an elevated working space for three business owners and toilet facilities, marking a pivotal shift in the way that essential community development services can imbue pride, progress, and opportunity for economic growth.

“I have never been to this community but someone sent me a picture from which I conceptualized the idea for the mural. However, when I met with Perry Baptiste and we started to mingle with the people, our concept started to change,” said artist and CEO of Acid Creations, Ted Sandiford.

The Minister with responsibility for Housing and Local Government, Hon. Richard Frederick, highlighted the transformative impact that such community projects can have on the lives of residents.

“It is virtually impossible for any politician in any constituency to give everyone a handout, but community projects that impact the lives of a wider set of people invariably bring greater comfort.”

Hon. Shawn Edward, Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology, and Vocational Training, echoed this sentiment and emphasized the power of small gestures in effecting profound change.

“Sometimes, the little things we take for granted make a world of difference in the lives of others,” he said. Minister for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment and Parliamentary Representative for Castries South-East, Hon. Joachim Henry, highlighted the transformative and economical impact of the bus shelter project.

“This transformation contributes to community development. We have empowered people because how community residents take ownership of their livelihoods and become empowered is situated above. We have one hairdresser, two barbers, and a facility attendant to be paid. In all, we will employ four persons.”

The innovative mural-painted bus shelter serves as a beacon of progress and empowerment, providing enhanced transportation services and economic opportunities for local entrepreneurs. With its unique design and multifunctional features, the project exemplifies the community development mandate of the Ministry of Equity.

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