AUC gives grants to 11 organisations | THE DAILY HERALD


CUPECOY–American University of the Caribbean (AUC) School of Medicine will be giving grants to 11 local organisations today, Tuesday.

AUC’s parent company Adtalem Global Education and its institutions in the Caribbean invest more than US $250,000 annually in island community organisations and programmes.

One of the foundations that will receive a grant is Artcraft Café Foundation/The Waste Factory, which is a space for creating art and souvenirs from Sint Maarten’s waste. The Waste Factory offers volunteer and work experience to youth, elderly, and persons with disabilities. The Foundation will use the Community Commitment Grant to purchase a 3D printer to create moulds to make products from plastic, a bottle cutter and reference books.

Also receiving a grant is Community Outreach Mentorship and Empowerment Foundation (COME). The COME Center provides a holistic, therapeutic, and conducive learning environment for individuals in the community. A focus of the center is to implement sustainable initiatives geared towards meeting the socioeconomic and educational needs of the community. The Foundation will use the Community Commitment Grant to support the addition of a weekend literacy programme.

Diabetes Foundation of Sint Maarten will also receive a grant. This Foundation delivers a diabetes awareness programme through weekly glucose testing/blood pressure measuring. The Foundation also conducts diabetic foot evaluations, which AUC students participate in. The Foundation will use the Community Commitment Grant to organize a second conference on diabetes and to purchase cholesterol test strips for more regular testing.

I Can Foundation will also receive a grant. The Foundation provides foster care for children with goals of fostering strong and capable human beings, assisting families/parents who are in critical and needy situations with the care and rearing of their children, equipping children with skills to strengthen their social development, and guiding children in seeking understanding to love themselves, the society and the world at large.

The Community Commitment Grant will be used to purchase new storage containers to replace containers destroyed by Hurricane Irma and provide safe, secure, and efficient storage of supplies/equipment needed to care for the 20 children in a home. AUC will also work with I Can Foundation as they build a programme to support children as they transition out of foster care at age 18.

K1 Britannia Foundation, which provides opportunity for youth under the jurisdiction of the Court of Guardianship; Mental Health Foundation, which offers psychiatric and psychological mental health services to residents of St. Maarten and neighbouring islands and Positive Foundation, which seeks to stimulate, educate and activate the consciousness of our community on aspects of self-responsibility towards health improvement, will also receive grants.

Also getting grants will be Safe Haven Foundation, a confidential, non-profit organisation that offers free shelter, counselling and supportive services to women and their minor-aged children who are the victims of domestic violence; St. Maarten AIDS Foundation, which seeks to prevent the transmission of HIV and other STIs and reduce their negative impact, including stigma and discrimination, while providing compassionate care, practical support services, and advocating on behalf of those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS; St. Maarten Nature Foundation, which works to preserve and enhance the natural environment of St. Maarten through proper management, education, public awareness, law enforcement, scientific research and monitoring related to all aspects of the terrestrial, wetland and marine surroundings and Windward Island Emergency Medical Services, an EMS training organisation that delivers training in First Aid, CPR/AED, EMR (First Responder), EMT and any related pre-hospital care and provides the community with a team of volunteers that displays readiness to serve in the event of a disaster.

Source: The Daily Herald