Sommers on children support trip to Holland

Sommers presents a poster to Doran-York and Busby at St. Maarten House.


THE HAGUE–Foresee 4C Foundation founder and digital education advocate José Verschueren-Sommers is in the Netherlands drumming up support for education projects at home in St. Maarten. She has also put emphasis on the schools’ situation and that of the children post-Hurricane Irma.

  One of her stops took her to St. Maarten House in The Hague where she discussed her goals with caretaker Minister Plenipotentiary Henrietta Doran York. She presented Doran-York with a poster created from drawings and poems created and written by children about their hurricane experiences.

  The poster will be “proudly displayed … for all to see” in St. Maarten house, said Doran-York.

“This poster depicts the resilience of the youngsters of the island and the coping mechanisms.”

  Verschueren-Sommers has already met with representatives of Den Bosch Municipality, members of the Diocese and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to discuss plans to assist a primary school.

  Supported by RebuildSXM Foundation representative John Sandiford, Sommers gave a presentation on the situation at the schools and the ways support can be rendered to improve the situation.

  Director of the Minister Plenipotentiary’s Cabinet Irene Simmons and Kelly Busby of the Cabinet’s Public Relations and Protocol Department followed the presentation via teleconference in the new media room of St. Maarten House.

  She also met with the Missing Chapter Foundation and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) representatives about possible projects to alleviate the astute needs of children in St. Maarten.

  A session was also held by Sommers with Global Designathon, an annual global design technology event for primary school children. St. Maarten did not participate in the event this year due to Irma. Plans are in motion for participation in the 2018 event.

  Sommers also held a meeting with Samenwerkende Fondsen (in English: Cooperating Foundations) with as main objective of Irma relief funding of social NGOs.

Source: The Daily Herald