Technology Services for the Blind

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The National Disabilities Unit (NDU), the government agency which addresses disability issues was established on 3 December 1997. The organisation provides various services for persons with disabilities. The Agency’s primary mandate is to facilitate, advocate and promote the advancement and empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in order to ensure equal opportunities for integration and participation in all aspects of community living. It’s vision is to be the central agency promoting the rights and catering to the needs and concerns of Persons with Disabilities.

Project Summary
Funding assistance from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will ensure more persons from the blind and visually impaired community have access to up to date technology which will assist with learning and studying. This project will provide training and equipment for the unit to be able to advise and provide IT services to the blind and visually impaired. Approximately 50 people will be exposed to the new technology, which would otherwise not be available to them and will improve their quality of life.

GRENCODA

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 started in 1985 The office is located in Gouyave, St. John – one of the rural parishes located on the West Coast of Grenada.

Project Summary
Funding from The Maria Holder Memorial Trust will assist with the GRENCODA Youth and Children Empowerment Programme (GYCEP), which seeks to engage at least 400 children in a practical life skills programme during the summer 2015 holiday period.  GYCEP is a human resource development programme conceived specifically to engage rural children and youth in three (3) rural parishes of St. John, St. Mark and St. Patrick. Fourteen (14) communities within the three (3) parishes will be involved in the programme.

Island Academy International Scholarships

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Antigua and Barbuda

Island Academy International School was founded in 2001 and is a non-profit organisation. The school was founded to fill a need to offer students in Antigua and Barbuda an alternative world-class educational platform. The founders envisioned a school which would cater to the needs of Antiguan and Barbudan students, as well as those from their expatriate community. This was accomplished by developing a curriculum aimed at introducing the International Baccalaureate Programme as the anchor through which the vision of the school would be realised.

Project Summary
In 2009, after much planning and hard work, Island Academy was approved as an IB World School.  This designation allows Island Academy International School to be the only school in Antigua and Barbuda that offers this prestigious programme, recognised by universities around the world.  Today, Island Academy is one of the premiere educational institutions in Antigua and Barbuda, which serves students from Kindergarten through Grade 13.  It is co-educational with 230 students and is known for the diversity of its student population with representations from India, England, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Peru, Ireland, Russia, and USA in addition to those born in Antigua and Barbuda.

Higher Education Development Unit/Wheelock Teachers Training College

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

The Higher Education Development Unit, within the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has responsibility for facilitating the strengthening of 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 the Wheelock College Centre for International Programmes has been delivering internationally-validated degree programmes designed to develop competencies in early childhood, elementary and middle school education.

Project Summary
This project facilitates the training of fifty (50) teachers through Wheelock College. This would allow for twenty-five (25) teachers to be trained each year for the next two years, thereby ensuring a cadre of fully trained early childhood educators. These teachers would impact their schools by providing guidance to their peers upon completion of this programme.

Pinelands Creative Workshop – Youth Beyond Expectations

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) was established in 1978. They endeavoured to use culture to change the negative image of their community, whilst providing alternative activities for residents.

Project Summary
This project represents a blended programme that takes into consideration the creative, academic, social and technical development of young persons. It is a fusion of culture and social development and will expose participants to various aspects of the arts as a pathway to career development and artistic expression – Afro-Caribbean dance forms, technical theatre; vocals development; Drumming; Keyboards Guitars and various string and wind instruments. In addition to the artistic development, there will also be academic support and social development skills geared at building confidence, enhancing attitudes; conflict resolution; anger management, communication and team building skills; career and life coaching and critical thinking skills.

I Am A Girl Barbados

Sector: Education & Training

Country: Barbados

I AM A GIRL Barbados is a registered charity which was officially launched in 2014. The purpose of the organisation is to contribute to the continual progression of girls.

Project Summary
This project for young girls will focus on one Primary and one Secondary School in the first instance for the implementation of their After School programme and will also provide an opportunity for girls up to age 17 years to be engaged in a creative activities during the Easter and Summer holidays when meaningful activities are usually sought for young persons. Drama therapy and mentorship will be common threads throughout the project to empower the girls and offer them an alternative form of self-expression. This project aligns with the Trust’s strategic goal of education and training and helping those who are vulnerable.

Operation Triple Threat (O.T.T)

Sector: Education / Culture & Arts

Country: Barbados

Operation Triple Threat: Sing. Dance. Act. (O.T.T) is an intensive performing arts programme designed for students between the ages of 7 and 21, inspired by the noticeable need for training for Barbadian youth to become what the entertainment industry calls a ‘triple threat’ – someone who is skilled in each of the three disciplines of singing, dancing and acting.

Project Summary
Operation Triple Threat (O.T.T.) seeks to change the landscape of the performing arts community so that people can have access to the knowledge, expertise, training and guidance required for young artists. The Trust has partnered on this experiential theatre arts project that aims to empower and build the capacity of economically disadvantaged youths between the ages of 7 and 21 years, who would not otherwise be able to partake in such activities, so that they may develop musical theatre appreciation in an inclusive environment that enables them to enjoy, learn and discover the world of the Arts.

More Than Words (MTW) 2015-2017

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 by Sue McMillan through the Barbados Council for the Disabled. Ms. McMillan is a Speech Language Pathologist with 15 years’ experience in providing direct therapy and individual and group based caregiver training to children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Project Summary
The Maria Holder Memorial Trust has pledged its continued support to this critical programme for a further three (3) years. The More Than Words programme provides parents of children with autism and teachers with the requisite training in the application of specific strategies to facilitate development of the child’s communication, play and social skills and provides parents with a number of strategies that can be applied in their daily interactions with their children. The programme will provide training to a total of six (6) families, two (2) staff from the Violet Gittens Children’s Home and eight (8) children.

Dominica Red Cross Society

Sector: Disaster Relief

Country: Dominica

The Dominica Red Cross Society is part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 190 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers.

Project Summary
A donation was made to the Dominica Red Cross to render immediate assistance to the people of Dominica following the recent damage and destruction that was inflicted on the island by tropical storm Erika.