Minister De Weever donates puppets to Sister Basilia Center

In photo: Clients of the Sister Basilia Center along with Minister Cornelius De Weever, Mireya Torrenga-Maria, Activity Coordinator and Carlson Richardson, Department Manager of the Sister Basilia Center

Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever, during a recent visit to the Sister Basilia Center, daycare, residence and guided living facilities donated some puppets to add to their current program for their clients. The puppets are from "The Kids on the Block Inc.-a troupe of educational puppets"


"The Kids on the Block" concept is an internationally acclaimed program that offers programs on disabilities, visual impairment, medical differences; educational differences including learning disabilities and ADHD, and social concerns including sexual abuse prevention, and alternatives to violence.

"These puppets will add an additional twist that will be much enjoyed by the clients of the Sister Basilia Center and I am looking forward to attending their first puppet show," said Minister De Weever.

"We at the Sister Basilia Center are very appreciative of Minister’s De Weever’s donation. Besides the puppets, the minister also provided an instructional manual and examples of educational performances which we will use for upcoming theater productions. The clients and staff wishes to thank Minister De Weever for his continuous generous support," said Department Manager Carlson Richardson.

The Daycare or School teachers provide care for 35 clients of different levels of function. These clients are then placed in five different groups. At the center emphasis is placed on structuring clients in the following skills: academic, physical, social and self-help. The Minister was given the opportunity to visit all of these areas, such as the Angels, which is the children’s group; the Pacesetters, which are children with autism; Climbers, which is the lower level functioning group; Players, which is the mid-level functioning group and last the Smarties, which focuses on the higher-level functioning group.