Skateboard Park

Sector: Culture & The Arts

Country: Barbados

The Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development (MSCD), is the lead Ministry responsible for the conduct of the CALC (Country Assessment Living Conditions) in Barbados. The Ministry was re-named in October 2010, replacing the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment, Urban and Rural Development. Skateboarding is the 3rd most popular recreational activity for children between 6 to 18 years of age. It is a healthy, physical activity that anyone can enjoy and it provides a creative outlet that conventional sports do not.

Project Summary
By creating a Skatepark within the Wildey Gymnasium, St Michael it will provide the community as a whole with a recreational outlet that is safe, secure, interesting and fun. It will help the youth to build their social athletic skills with other like-minded youth. The Skatepark will not only benefit those in the community and surrounding areas but visitors who skateboard that visit the island as well as those who wish to learn about the sport.

Caribbean Policy Development Centre

Sector:Poverty Alleviation

Country:Grenada & Barbados

The Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) is a registered non-profit organisation established in 1991. CPDC serves as a regional umbrella NGO for organisations located across CARICOM and strong networking partnerships with organisations of persons with disabilities, artisans, micro entrepreneurs and human rights workers. Altogether, it serves seventeen regional, sub-regional and local NGOs in economic, social, and cultural areas in the Caribbean.

Project Summary
The project will be implemented by the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados and Grenada, through the Barbados Family Planning Association and Programme for Adolescent Mothers, targeting 75 young mothers. This Donation from the Trust will aid in addressing some of the negative consequences of teen pregnancy. It is intended to have a long term impact on the life chances of mothers and their children by providing opportunities for their advancement through education.

Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados – (Bus)

Sector:Health Care

Country:Barbados

Variety the Children’s Charity one of more than 50 ‘tents’ throughout the world, including Australia, France, Israel, USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa has been active for 80 years. Variety the Children’s Charity of Barbados was registered in November 1984. Their goal is to raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and mentally or physically challenged children in Barbados and the Easter Caribbean.

Project Summary
The Sunshine Coach Programme is one of the many programmes offered by Variety to the children of Barbados. The programme initially donates coaches to schools and institutions that cater for children who are mentally and physically challenged, providing them with much needed transportation to travel to and from school and other important appointments for therapy. The Sunshine Coach Programme falls under the “Freedom for Kids Programme”, which provides transportation as well as wheel chairs and other mobility devices for children. The donation of a bus from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will mean that up to 19 children per day will be transported to school or day care. The bus will be used to transport children to physiotherapy appointments on a weekly basis and will be used to take the children on special outings for social and educational events.

Barbados Council for the Disabled (Bus)

Sector: Health Care

Country: Barbados

The Barbados Council for the Disabled is a non-governmental umbrella body partnering with all sectors of the community and international agencies to effect change and champion the rights of all persons with disabilities, ensuring their full and effective integration into society. Their vision is the realisation of a society that values, respects, empowers, accepts and includes all persons with disabilities and the recognition of the council as a catalyst in this process.

Project Summary
The Barbados Council for the Disabled transports its clients to their various meetings, hospital appointments and extra-curricular activities. For over ten (10) years, the Barbados Council for the Disabled has been providing accessible transport to children with disabilities. The Maria Holder Memorial Trust’s donation of a bus to the Barbados Council for the Disabled will ensure that there is adequate transportation coverage for the various needs of the organisation. The bus will be used as a shuttle service for those persons with disabilities who cannot be facilitated by the Government owned buses. In addition, it will also provide transportation for visitors to the island who have become more aware of the services provided by the Barbados Council for the Disabled and are utilising its services more frequently.

Humane Organisation for the Relief of Suffering Equines

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The Humane Organisation for the Relief of Suffering Equines (HORSE) was set up in March 2013 by Monique Archer and others who are interested in animal welfare in Barbados and was registered with Corporate Affairs on 15 March 2013. The charity was set up mainly in response to the number of former race horses that are sometimes abandoned or kept in deplorable conditions.

Project Summary
The overall problem to be resolved is the abandonment and ill treatment of horses in Barbados. This project is primarily to rescue horses and will and endeavour to stop this practice by Education and awareness. The donation from the Trust will be used to assist the Humane Organisation for the Relief of Suffering Equines in their aim to provide a safe rehabilitative environment for rescued horses. The centre will be open to all children who are interested in horses and learning to ride who would not otherwise be able to afford riding lessons or to otherwise have access to horses. They are also aiming to establish a riding programme for the disabled in the future.

The Titans Aquatic – Lockers

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The Titans Aquatic Inc. was established in 2011 as a swim club and non-profit organisation working to develop and train young athletes in swimming. The Club operates at the Aquatic Centre, a centre offering a number of facilities for persons learning to swim as well as those who compete professionally. The Club itself caters to fifty-five people ages six years and up. However, the Aquatic Centre caters to all swimming Clubs, Schools, Camps and private individuals, both local and internationally. The Titans Aquatic Inc. has produced a number of National swimmers who have participated in regional and international swim meets. The Titans Aquatic Inc. is also a member of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association (BASA)

Project Summary
The Titans Aquatic Inc. would like to have a safe storage space for all swimmers to utilise and have a secure location for their personal items. The Trust will be providing storage lockers in both the male and female changing rooms as a means of having a safe, secure storage facility for users of the Centre. With the improved storage, the swimmers can now feel more secure in the environment while they enjoy swimming and may be able to encourage more users to the facility if the issue of non-secure premises was a previous deterrent. The increased access and utilisation of the pool will also have a benefit to those persons involved in swimming from a fitness perspective.

The Disaster Relief Fund 2014

Sector: Poverty Alleviation

Country:St. Vincent & the Grenadines

On 24 December 2013 St. Vincent and the Grenadines was affected by a storm which caused severe flooding and as a result 3.11 inches (79.22mm) of rainfall was reported by the Meteorology Office. Nine people were confirmed dead while three people were reported missing. There were fifty thousand people without water. The government declared it a Level 2 disaster. No warning was received, therefore, no response procedures were activated. Of the 109,373 people residing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 13,029 people have been directly affected in the disaster declared areas; 500 people have been displaced island wide; 200 in shelters.
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Project Summary
The Trust’s donation will provide medical equipment for the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital as there was a critical list for support in that area. A donation was also made to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross which will enable them to assist persons wherever needed.

UWI Open Campus – NGO Management Course

Sector: Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The University of the West Indies Open Campus was created to improve the service to the University and the underserved communities in campus countries that do not have access to the campus-based programmes and to provide flexible learning options. The Non State Actor (NSA) Panel is a mechanism adopted by the European Union, in order to ensure the participation of Civil Society, especially the NGOs in the implementation of the Cotonou Agreement.

Project Summary
The Maria Holder Memorial Trust collaborated with the Non State Actors Panel of Barbados and the University of the West Indies Open Campus for the provision of partial training awards for the continuation of a certificate in NGO Management for the next three years. The course is intended for persons who serve as staff and volunteers in the NGO sector, community service and civil society sectors. The main objective of the programme is to contribute to the development of the human resources capacity of the sector through training and development.

Jabez House

Sector: Education & Training

Country:Barbados

Jabez House is a registered Charity established in July 2012. Its mission and mandate is to offer its clients economic empowerment through educational and vocational training. Their target population is female Sex Workers.

Project Summary
The programme is in three components and is expected to train 24 female sex workers in various skills over a two year period along with establishing and maintaining relationships with sex workers through an outreach programme. At least fifty at risk young women will also be educated and mentored through a programme in collaboration with the Government Industrial School

Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic

Sector: Education & Training

Country:Grenada

The Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic (LACC) is a service delivered through the Grenada Community Development Agency (GRENCODA) and has been in existence since 1987. LACC is a multidisciplinary Clinic, which offers a wide range of services, including legal representation; public education; advocacy; legal research and counselling.

Project Summary
The purpose of this funding is to assist with Psycho-educational programming geared at responding to gender based violence. This will encompass a group counselling programme for women, who are or have been in an abusive relationship, designed to provide them with information and skills to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their children; a court referred programme for men and a programme that caters to young men who come into conflict with the law while attending school or young people out of school who are 18 years old and younger

Partners for Peace – UN Women Multi Country Office, Caribbean

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Antigua & Barbuda

The United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The main roles of UN Women are to support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms; to help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it and to forge effective partnerships with civil society and to hold the UN system accountable for its own commitments on gender equality, including regular monitoring of system-wide progress.

Project Summary
This project is implemented in Antigua and Barbuda in collaboration with UN Women Multi Country Office for the Caribbean and the Directorate of Gender Affairs. The aim of the programme is to implement pilot community based interventions for young men and women around understanding and tackling the root causes of gender-based violence as well as the development of effective communications and advocacy skills in support of ending violence against women and girls in Antigua and Barbuda.

Friends of the Care Project

Sector: Health Care

Country: Antigua & Barbuda

Friends of the Care Project is an independent NGO established to help improve the facilities and specialist therapy provided at the Care Project. The Care Project is currently housed in the pediatric ward at the old Holberton hospital which is a government facility which provides a home and basic care for a number of people with severe mental and/or physical disabilities. Many of the residents have essentially been abandoned by their families and range in age from 8 to 48. Currently there are 14 residents.

Project Summary
Friends of the Care Project are seeking to build a new home for the children who are currently living on a ward at the Old Holberton Hospital. It is anticipated that the new home will house approximately 25 (inclusive of the current 14) children upon completion and will provide residents with a safe, secure and comfortable home designed specifically for them.

St. John’s Hospice

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Antigua & Barbuda

The St. John’s Hospice is a charitable Not for Profit organisation based in Antigua & Barbuda and is part of the worldwide St. John Association dating back many years. The St. John Hospice opened its doors on 1st January 2012 and currently operates from the Gwenneth O’Reilly Ward at the old Holberton Hospital providing palliative care to those who are terminally ill and require 24 hour round the clock care.

Project Summary
The St. John’s Hospice seeks to ensure that persons who are terminally ill are afforded the opportunity to die with dignity and compassion in a tranquil environment, cared for by professionally trained staff.  The Maria Holder Memorial Trust’s donation will assist with increasing the cover of certified nursing staff, through further education which will improve the standard of care provided and the provision of functional hospital beds.

The Speightstown Enhancement Fund

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The Speightstown Enhancement Fund Trust was registered as a Charity in 2012 and aims to provide support and raise funds to commission the painting of a trompe l’oeil mural on the sea wall in Speightstown, St. Peter.

Project Summary
The expected result of the Trust’s donation will be an enhanced area around a key piece of Art in Speightstown that will enable better access and visibility to the public and to school children in Barbados. This mural will also contribute to the enhancement of the Speightstown area by providing an educational and pictorial history of Barbados for both locals and tourists.