Autism Project

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Tortola, British Virgin Island

The British Virgin Islands is part of the British Overseas Territories in the Leeward Islands. The Ministry of Health and Social Development (MHSD) is the overarching administrative body with respect to delivering the Government’s health and social policy agenda.

Project Summary
Assistance from the Trust aided in the development of an Autism Programme in the BVI. With the implementation of the programme it is anticipated that a wide range of services required by persons with autism will be available in the Territory. Professionals, parents and caregivers will be given the requisite training to address the needs of these persons, thus enabling the Government of the Virgin Islands to fulfil its obligations in caring for persons with disabilities. Refurbishment of the Autism Centre will be a key project component.

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ministryofhealth@gov.vg

Youth in Agriculture

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Youth in Agriculture Programme was the concept of Undene Whittaker, The Advisor on Poverty Eradication and the Millennium Development Goals. The participants in the programme are engaged in agriculture, both theory and practical. These sessions are conducted by Extension Officers from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Project Summary
This programme provides agricultural training to the Youth in the programme who are mostly unemployed or at risk Youth who benefit not only from the Agricultural aspect but also from the core values systems introduced as part of the programme. Participants are educated in both crop and animal husbandry as components of the programme.

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Family Heartbeat Ministries – Youth Pulse

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

Family Heartbeat Ministries, the “birth parent” of Youth Pulse, celebrated its tenth anniversary in November 2009, having been conceptualised and established specifically to empower families. This nongovernmental organisation was founded on November 1st 1999 and officially launched on March 11 2000.

Project Summary
The launch of a joint media campaign and school initiative which collaboratively targeted individuals between the ages of 9 and 21. This programme offers the provision of practical tools to avoid moral pitfalls for the youth, which would lead to an increase in the awareness of the effects of sexual promiscuity and bullying among primary and secondary school students and would enhance their ability to make more informed decisions.

hgriffith@familytheartbeat.org

Project Hope

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Antigua & Barbuda

Project Hope is a registered “Not for Profit” Corporation under the laws of Antigua and Barbuda. The Project Hope Community Resource Centre is the St. Johns’ Rural East Community. Project Hope launched its pilot programme in July, 2006 with the maxim “Together We Can Make a difference”.

Project Summary
The Trust provided funds for a summer camp with wholesome social and educational activities during the summer vacation.

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projecthope@candw.ag

More Than Words Programme

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) is a registered Non-Profit Organisation #13986 and a Charity #371. The More Than Words programme is a caregiver training program developed at the Hanen Centre in Toronto, Canada which is being delivered through the Barbados Council for the Disabled.

In December 2007, Sue McMillan a Speech Language Pathologist with 15 years’ experience partnered with the Barbados Council for the Disabled to provide direct therapy and individual and group based caregiver training to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Project Summary
The Trust’s donation provided the More Than Words programme with the opportunity to enlighten parents, caregivers and teachers on how to become the primary facilitator of their child’s communication and language development, thereby maximising the child’s opportunities to develop communication skills in everyday situations. More Than Words addresses the needs of both non-verbal and verbal children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders is on the rise making this programme crucial as it teaches families and caregivers how to communicate with Autistic children.

Cancer Support Services

Sector:Health Care

Country:Barbados

Cancer Support Services is a Charity (No. 316) which was founded and registered on 17 April 1996. The organisation is made up of an Executive Committee, a Board of Trustees and has a membership of 104 persons who work on a volunteer basis, visiting patients at home and in hospital and assisting with outreach and fundraising programmes.

Project Summary
The donation received from the Trust will allow Cancer Support Services to continue to address the fundamental needs of those affected by cancer, including patients and family members. Of particular interest are the children of the patients who have died or continue to suffer from cancer. Persons affected by cancer and their families will be provided with the required care and support thus enabling to have an acceptable quality of life and respect for their dignity.

cancersupport@caribsurf.com

Wheelock

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Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Higher Education Development Unit (HEDU) within the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has responsibility for facilitating and strengthening operational structures, policies and procedures across the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Barbados Community College and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. Wheelock College is a private institution located in Boston, with a long-standing public mission to improve the lives of children and families globally.

Project Summary
The funding of this project will promote an opportunity to fill a critical gap in specialised teacher training and improve competency in early childhood education. The project provides training for twenty-five teachers in Barbados thereby impacting on their schools by providing guidance to their peers and reaching hundreds of students upon completion of the programme. There will be an increased capacity for delivery of graduate programmes by Erdiston Teachers’ Training College and strong relationships formed and increased knowledge by the partner institutions (HEDU, Wheelock College, Erdiston Teachers’ Training College and Barbados Community College).

 

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados

Sector:Health Care

Country:Barbados

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados was founded on 18 April 1985 under the Companies Act 1982 of Barbados (Registered Charity No. 269) and under the Charities Act 1979. The Foundation is committed to being involved in many lifestyle initiatives and is preparing to embark upon an aggressive and intensive external and internal marketing effort in 2012. This is being done in an effort to increase public awareness of the Foundation and the services it provides to its Stakeholders in the prevention and rehabilitation of heart disease. Since its inception The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados has developed and currently has in place two major long-term programmes. (Cardiac Disease Prevention & Rehabilitation Programme and Emergency Cardiac Care Programme)

Project Summary
Through the grant provided by the Trust to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados, they will have the funds to enhance and develop the Cardiac Disease Prevention & Rehabilitation Department as well as the procurement of essential and vital equipment for the Emergency Cardiac Care Department which would be beneficial to the Foundation’s clients. The Heart & Stroke Foundation will educate Barbadians on Emergency Cardiac Care and actions to be taken in times of emergency, prevention of heart disease and afford those persons in need with the opportunity to receive cardiac rehabilitation.

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ceo@hsfbarbados.org

Spectrum Possibilities

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

Spectrum Possibilities is a Charity founded by Deborah Thompson-Smith and Larry Smith a couple with a child diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. In an effort to understand the disorder the couple started by researching the condition which revealed the following. “Autism is not necessarily an incurable disorder; this according to doctors who specialise in biomedical treatments, the functioning and abilities of autistic people can be improved once the medical disorders that underlie their behaviours are treated”.

Project Summary
The Trust donated funds to Sponsor the Autism One/Spectrum Possibilities Autism Conference in Barbados held in November 2011, the first of its kind for the region. The aim of this conference was to spread awareness through the conference which would introduce several new therapeutic and treatment options for families with a loved one on the Spectrum by bringing together some of the leading clinicians and therapists.

Six Nursery Schools Project

Sector:Education & Training

Country:Barbados

The Maria Holder Memorial Trust in partnership with the Government of Barbados has undertaken to provide (6) Six additional Nursery Schools in fulfillment of the Governments “Early Childhood Education in Barbados” mandate.

Project Summary
The Trust will to construct six Nursery schools situated in areas of most need to ensure maximum benefit to children aged 3 – 5 years old. The schools will cater to up to 150 pupils and will be designed to provide the best facilities for Nursery Education in Barbados.