National Tennis Centre

Sector: Education / Culture and Arts;

Country: Barbados

The Barbados Tennis Association Inc. (BTA) is a non-profit organisation whose principal activity is the development and promotion of (lawn) tennis in Barbados.

Project Summary
There are a number of tennis programmes currently run by the Barbados Tennis Association Inc. that assist with the development of tennis among the youth. The Trust will assist through the provision of four (4) additional courts and enhanced facility, which would allow for the expansion of programmes. The provision of the additional courts would also place Barbados in line with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Standards to host more regional tournaments.

Cancer Support Services

Sector:Health Care

Country: Barbados

Cancer Support Services is a registered Charity (No. 316), which was founded and registered in 1996. It was formed primarily to assist patients with cancer and their immediate families. The organisation is committed through a spirit of volunteerism to the care of persons with cancer and to bring comfort to the affected relatives and dependents. Over the past nineteen (19) years, Cancer Support Services has supported and delivered programme initiatives that address the fundamental needs of those affected by cancer, including patients and family members.

Project Summary
The donation provided by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will enable Cancer Support Services to continue to provide aid under three of its key programmes, particularly in the areas of Counselling, Support and Training; At Home Hospice Care and Prevention and Early Detection – PSA Screening.

GRENCODA II

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Grenada

Grenada Community Development Agency (GRENCODA) is a non-governmental development Agency committed to the development of Grenada’s rural communities. The Agency, located in Gouyave, St. John (one of the rural parishes located on the West Coast of Grenada), exists “to provide guidance and support to rural individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of life. It does this by encouraging people’s participation in community based initiatives, which will build self-reliance particularly among small farmers, low-income workers, women and youth.”

Project Summary
The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will fund three components of a project that focuses on both children in School and within the Community and out-of-school youth through various initiatives. The project titled ‘Capacity Enhancement of Rural Children and Youth’ will be implemented over a two year period engaging children and youth between the ages of 7 and 28 years.

Legal Aid and Counselling Clinic II

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
This second project will move beyond psychosocial services provided in the initial funding provided by the Trust and will focus on other interventions to also benefit people in the community and complement the work of the Organisation that is being conducted. This project links with their mandate to create greater public awareness on Gender Based Violence and sensitise communities, which is seen as a preventative component whilst also sharpening the opportunities for effective strengthening of the agency’s advocacy for social justice. The psycho-educational work will continue and be extended to cover a child support mediation programme and a substance abuse programme for the youth.

C.E.E.D

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The Community Education and Empowerment Development programme was founded following the findings of a Needs Assessment Survey which was conducted by Dadrina Emmanuel through the National HIV/AIDS Commission.
The main objective of this programme is to establish, operate and promote education, empowerment and development for maginalised groups in Barbados. This is specifically for persons who are maginalised based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, physical disability or HIV status but not limited to other marginalised groups such as sex workers and drug users.

Project Summary
CEED has established an Educational and Empowerment Centre in Reed Street, the City to assist in the provision and promotion of community specific projects and programmes. It provides sensitive educational and empowerment initiatives to develop persons from marginalised communities using alternative learning systems through offering on site basic literacy and skills building initiatives and vocational training to encourage self-sufficiency.
The pilot phase of this project was funded by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust for two years (2013-2015) and the Trust has just approved funding for two additional years (2016-2018).

Queen Elizabeth Home for Children

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Grenada

The Queen Elizabeth Home for Children is the oldest children’s Home in Grenada. It was founded by a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need to help the island’s destitute and uncared for children. The group formed themselves into a Children’s Home Advisory Board to raise funds for the stated purpose through voluntary contributions. The Home has been opened since 1964 and is overseen by a Board of Trustees.

Project Summary
The Home has been previously funded by The Maria Holder Memorial Trust for many of its worthwhile initiatives with the most recent being the acquisition of new bus which will help to transport the Children of the Home to and from various activities. The main objective will be to provide safe and reliable transportation for the children at the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children.

Buckley’s Preschool

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Antigua

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, cognizant of the findings of research as it relates to the stimulation given to children in their early years, has embarked on a programme to provide universal early childhood education. This stand was taken so that the disadvantaged and disposed children in Antigua and Barbuda will have opportunities to be exposed to the appropriate stimulation in their early years. With this in mind, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will embark on a project that will see the construction of a two-storey building which will be located in Buckley’s on land owned by the State.

Project Summary
The building will house a model Early Childhood Centre on the first floor and administrative offices and adult training facilities on the second floor and will offer the following:
• Day care services for 10 children aged 0-2 years.
• Pre-school services for 30 children aged 3-5 years.
• Certificate training in Early Childhood Education for 160 Early Childhood Practitioners annually.
• Workshops for parents of Early Childhood learners.
• Research in the area of early childhood learning and early childhood programme development.
• Administrative support for the Early Childhood sector.
As part of its commitment to Early Childhood Education programmes, The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will be partnering with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Antigua to ensure that the need for education of children in the early years can be adequately met.