Samantha N. Marshall was first elected to serve the people of St. Mary’s South in June 2014 and
was subsequently appointed the Minister of Social Transformation & Human Resource
Minister Marshall, is committed to ensuring that the social services within Antigua and Barbuda are
transformed in a way to ensure that those who are vulnerable, receive the required support from
Government to ensure a better standard of living for all.
In an effort to effectively serve the people of Antigua and Barbuda, the Ministry is being realigned
and modernized to ensure that better safety nets and support are established to assist the people
of Antigua and Barbuda.
Some of the programs include but are not limited to:
The Financial Empowerment Centre:- this was a pilot project between the Government of Antigua
and Barbuda and the Organization of American States (OAS). This project was initially to be
sponsored by the OAS for one year and as a result of its promising success for the vulnerable
within our society, the OAS extended an additional year’s support. The Centre offers advisory and
counseling services to our poor and indigent so that they can better manage their finances and
also assist them in being able to focus on improving their living standards by targeting more
sustainable employment or income opportunities. THIS IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND WITHIN THE
The modernization of the Department of Social Policy Research assistance to ensure more accurate
collection of data for the purpose of better analyzing and assessing whether programs are
effectively targeting the intended category of persons expected to benefit and the viability of such
Our Youth from poor and vulnerable homes, who were unable to sit all the required CXC/CSE
subjects are now given a Second Chance free of costs to sit subjects to either allow them to be
able to obtain better employment or to allow them the opportunity to gain tertiary education. This
program started in 2016 and today has grown from 175 to 525 persons within one year. The
classes are free and the costs of the exams are met by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda on
the recommendation of the tutors. Classes are offered at the Department of Youth Affairs and the
S.R.Olivia David Primary School.
Our Women and girls are often victims of sexual offences. The Directorate of Gender Affairs in
conjunction with the UN Trust Fund and UN Women were able to establish a Sexual Assault
Referral Centre (SARC) at the head office for the Directorate of Gender Affairs. At the SARC, the
facilities are provided for the initial interview with the Police, the examination, if necessary with
the Doctor, and counseling services. This is the first of its kind within the Region. The
Commissioner of Police has recently agreed to have an sexual offence unit stationed in the
Directorate of Gender Affairs to foster better relations with the Directorate as well as to ensure
more effective support services are provided to victims .
Within the Directorate of Gender Affairs, a data program which is built specifically for Antigua and
Barbuda to monitor reports of domestic violence or abuse has been established.
Often times when field officers from the Ministry of Social Transformation visit the homes of those
within varying communities, it is observed that their homes are in a state of disrepair and so the
Home Advancement Program for the Poor and Indigent (HAPPI) was introduced to improve the living
conditions of our vulnerable households.
Samantha Marshall as a representative for the people of St. Mary’s South ensure that within the
first year of her representation a fire station with a brand new fire engine was opened within
Johnsons Point Village so as to serve the Southern District. This was in the hope that we could not
only save properties but more importantly to save lives.
In the 2014 election campaign Samantha Marshall had committed to work towards acquiring a
hyperbaric chamber to save more of our fishermen who would suffer challenges in diving. She is
indeed happy and grateful that she was able to give support to the acquisition of one, by the
Calvin Ayre Foundation.
As their Representative, Samantha Marshall has had a long standing relationship with the sports
clubs/teams within the communities and continue to support them. This year Samantha Marshall is
the proud sponsor of SAP football team.
For years Urlings Play-field had been without lights and Minister Marshall was instrumental in
ensuring that the field has lights to allow for night events to occur on the play-field.
Likewise, work has commenced on the Sports complex in Bolans to have it upgraded to a more
modern facility to allow for more competitive games and games of international standard to be
played in the community.
There is much more work to be done within the community and Samantha Marshall will be
pressing forward to ensure that Bolans has a new clinic and the Johnsons Point Clinic be upgraded.
Also a new Bolans Police Station will be built, so as to better serve and provide security to the
residents of that community.
Lands have already been identified for the building of a community centre which will allow for
more community interaction and services to be provided to the constituents of St. Mary’s South.
Samantha Marshall stands committed to the people of St. Mary’s South and is confident that the
people of the South will grant her the necessary support to continue the progressive works.