Sponsor a Child in
Dominica / St. Vincent
ChildFund came to Dominica / St. Vincent: 1985
Population below poverty line: 30%
News about Dominica / St. Vincent
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Our work in the Caribbean takes place in Dominica and St. Vincent, two small island nations between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, north of Venezuela. While the beauty of these tourist destinations is stunning with inviting blue waters and lush tropical greenery, life is frequently tested not only by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and volcanic activity, but social and economic challenges that also are constant threats.
Inadequate income, minimal job opportunities, domestic violence and violence among the youth are some of the challenges. Other challenges include educational underachievement and lack of sufficient child and youth-centered activities.
Tiny Hands Great Minds
This is one of the broad umbrella programs offered in the Caribbean. Geared toward children 0-5 year old it encompasses the Roving Caregivers Program and Early Childhood Development.
“While the beauty of these tourist destinations is stunning … life is frequently tested.”
The Roving Caregivers Program includes activities geared toward early child stimulation and development, which are conducted at home by visiting facilitators or volunteers through child/parent bonding sessions. The program also includes parent education, income generation, health and nutrition and youth development programming.
Quality ECD enhancement incorporates capacity building in teaching methodologies, provision of child-appropriate learning materials and resources and access to learning centers.
Let Children Be Children
The second broad program area focuses on education for 6-14 year old children. A key component is a focus on Child Friendly Schools for both elementary and secondary levels. These schools enhance the learning capacity and development of life skills through relevant and appropriate learning methodologies. Children are encouraged to actively participate. They are provided opportunities in the arts and use of technology.
Child-Community Engagement supports children safe spaces, children associations, youth groups and activities in multi-media, photography, story writing and telling and radio programs.
Sponsor a child in Dominica / St. Vincent and make a difference in a child’s life.
The third broad program area is geared toward youth 15-24 years old. One program, Gateway to Positive Living, offers education and awareness campaigns on adolescent reproductive health, teen parenting, rights on personal health, making healthy choices, relationship building and STD and HIV/AIDs.
A second project focus, All We Need Is Love, includes activities on leadership, personal development and goal setting. It also focuses on behavior modification, mentoring younger children, opportunities for entrepreneurship and advocacy to influence change in policies that promote the wellbeing of children and youth in the Caribbean.