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SHADE HOUSE MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING FOR YOUTH IN ST. KITTS AND NEVIS

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on behalf of the St. Kitts and Nevis Agricultural Youth Forum and the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) requested the assistance of FAVACA to provide training on shade houses and protective agricultural technology for extension officers, farmers and students. IICA recently provided two shade houses to two secondary schools as part of their program in technology and innovation.

NICARAGUA CATTLEMAN'S ASSOCIATION RECEIVES NUTRITION AND FORAGE MANAGEMENT TRAINING

The Cattleman's Association of Nicaragua (Comisión Nacional de Ganaderos - CONAGAN) held their third Congress from July 23-25, 2012. The Congress brings together over 400 participants including leading dairy experts from both the public and private sectors from across Central America and hosts forums on milk and meat production, food processing, markets and a variety of other topics.

PROTECTED AGRICULTURE MANAGEMENT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Greenhouses and protected agriculture have increasingly been established in the past several years and expanded vegetable production has created more opportunities for residents of San Jose do Ocoa, Dominican Republic. Fundation Sur Futuro and the Association for the Development of San Jose de Ocoa (Asociación para el Desarrollo de San José de Ocoa - ADESJO) requested training on protected agriculture, disease management, irrigation best practices, and temperature and soil management.

AGRIBUSINESS TRAINING IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Many farmers in St. Kitts & Nevis are relatively new producers having taken up this occupation after the closure of the sugar industry. Monitoring and recording their production is not something farmers are accustomed to doing and the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Department of Agriculture in St. Kitts are jointly requesting farm management and cost production training for farmers in St. Kitts and Nevis.

FAVACA VOLUNTEERS HELP TO IMPROVE DAIRY HEALTH IN NICARAGUA

The Cooperative of San Fracisco de Asis (Cooperativa San Francisco de Asís), the Cooperative of Masiguito (Cooperativa Masigüito) and the Cattlemen's Association of Camoapa (La Asociación de Ganaderos de Camoapa - ASOGACAM) are several dairy associations in Nicaragua that have been noticing a reduction in milk production and quality. Dairy producers believe this reduction is due to inadequate nutrition levels and general bovine health.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN COLOMBIA

Maria Jose Fletcher and Merecedes Lorduy of VIDA Legal Assistance hosted Colombian Fellows Narda Berardinelly and Marianita Montilla, participants of FAVACA's U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Colombia Professional Exchange program. As follow-on training, Fletcher and Lorduy traveled to Colombia on June 24-July 8, 2012.

 

AGROTOURISM GROWS IN ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

In order to further promote tourism in Antigua and Barbuda and develop the agro-tourism industry, the agro-tourism sector began collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry of Tourism requested FAVACA's assistance to provide training to groups in the tourism and agriculture value-chain in Antigua and Barbuda. Dr. Lori Pennington-Gray, Professor and Researcher at the University of Florida and the Director of the Tourism Crisis Management Institute, traveled to St. John's, Antigua June 24 - July 1, 2012.

EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION TRAINING IN DOMINICA

The Achievement Learning Centre of Dominica seeks to provide high quality education and training to teachers and staff while creating a supportive and nurturing community for parents. In order to further promote these goals, an expert was requested to provide instruction and practical lessons in early childhood intervention. The Centre has a particular focus on families with children with developmental delays and autism.

FORAGE MANAGEMENT IN NICARAGUA

The dairy industry is a major driving force in the Nicaraguan economy, yet the industry encounters production challenges in milk quality and quantity during the dry season. To achieve higher nutritional rates throughout the year, dairy farmers need to better manage the production and conservation of forages. The Foundation for Development (Fundacion Para el Desarrollo - FUPADE), and the Lacteos Nicarao and San Felipe Cooperatives requested training in tropical forage management.

SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES CREATE JOBS IN HAITI

The mission of 100k Jobs Haiti is to transform Haiti's 40 largest cities and create 100,000 sustainable new jobs in Haiti by 2020 by building the capacity of existing Haitian businesses, creating new strategic alliances, and encouraging Haitian businesses to purchase locally. 100k Jobs Haiti requested FAVACA's assistance to develop an online strategy to create awareness among donors, international organizations and businesses.

HAITIAN HOTELS IMPROVES HOSPITALITY SERVICES

Haiti's current hotel room capacity is under 1,000 rooms in comparison to the neighboring Dominican Republic with 50,000 rooms. In the coming years, Haiti's hotel room capacity is set to grow by 300%, with several international hotel chains investing in the country. The demand for supervisory and line employees trained in food and beverage, housekeeping, property management, customer service, and other hospitality and tourism areas is on the rise.

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT TAKES HOLD IN ST. LUCIA

Sacred Sports Foundation is a nonprofit organization in St. Lucia dedicated to turning the dreams of Caribbean youth primarily between the ages of 6 to 23 into reality through sports. Sacred Sports Foundation is involved in a range of social and sport youth development programs and healthy lifestyles initiatives aimed at assisting a broad range of disadvantaged Caribbean communities.

VALUE ADDED BEE PRODUCTS HELP JAMAICAN BEE INDUSTRY

The Jamaica Federation of Commercial Apiculturists Ltd (JFCA) is a producer's organization owned, controlled, and managed by bee farmers. JFCA's main objective is to facilitate growth, expansion, and development of apiculture in Jamaica through large scale commercial bee farming enterprises. The organization is in the process of expanding into value-added products like creamed honey, beeswax, candles, soaps and other cosmetic products.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING IN COLOMBIA

PROPAIS, the Institution for the Development of Microenterprises, strives to support the development of the microenterprise sector, strengthen economic recovery and promote mechanisms to support the displaced population, women heads of households, young entrepreneurs, and citizens in the process of reintegration in Colombia. PROPAIS requested FAVACA's assistance to provide experts in the areas of strategic marketing, management best practices and micro-franchising.

HOSPITALITY TRAINING IN HAITI IMPROVES HOTELS

The Karibe Hotel, located in Petion-Ville Haiti, is one of many local hotels investing in improving its operations. The development of Haiti's tourism industry will be an important factor in the country's overall sustainable development and improvement in the Haitian economy. In order for the Karibe Hotel to increase business and customer satisfaction, the hotel sought improvements in the level of service of the Food and Beverage, Maintenance, and Housekeeping departments.

SHELTER MANAGEMENT TRAINING WELL RECEIVED IN BARBADOS

The Barbados Professional Women's Club (BPW) was established in 1966 and strives to improve and advance the status of women in economic, civil and political life by removing discrimination, offering occupational training and education, improving of the position of women in business, networking among women's organizations, supporting member businesses, and presenting women's views to national and international organizations and agencies.

ORGANIC CERTIFICATION AND MARKETING IMPROVED IN DOMINICA

Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement (DOAM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and the Dominica Ministry of Agriculture has been developing a local and organic food system for the island - a model for replication throughout the region - and educating policy makers and farmers on the benefits of organic farming. DOAM approached FAVACA for experts in the production, certification, marketing and distribution of organic products grown in Dominica.

GRANT WRITING TRAINING IN ST. KITTS

The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, established in 1988, serves a large cross-section of post secondary and adult students in St. Kitts and Nevis. While currently a community college, CFBC aspires to expand to university status. The aim of CFBC is to foster the development of responsible self-sufficient citizens by delivering a range of professional, academic, and vocational courses and programs that will promote graduates to make lifelong positive contributions to their communities.

BAHAMAS YOUTH LEARN ENTREPRENEURISM SKILLS

Young people around the world have been disproportionately affected by the global economic crisis. Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the Caribbean. In the Bahamas the youth unemployment rate is a shocking 34% - compared to 14% unemployed youth globally. Firms in the Caribbean cite a shortage of skilled labor as the number one constraint to increasing economic growth and competitiveness.

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF NONPROFIT IN COSTA RICA

In the past 46 years, the Costa Rican Demographic Association (Asociación Demografica Costarricense - ADC) has served thousands of Costa Ricans and helped transform Costa Rican society's awareness of reproductive and sexual health issues. While the organization has been successful, ADC requested the assistance of FAVACA to strengthen their governance infrastructure and understand best practices of recruiting and retaining volunteers.

COLOMBIANS POST SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MEDIA TRAINING

FAVACA veteran volunteer, Ann Marie Warmenhoven traveled to Bogota and Cali, Colombia, May 30-June 10 to lead a series of workshops to review nonprofit organization's social media strategy and provide tools for greater visibility. While in Bogota, Warmenhoven worked with Solidarity Organizations (Organizaciones Solidarias), the Colombian Institute for Family Well-Being (ICBF), Nativa ONG and Maroon Movement (Movimiento Cimaron) in Bogota.

HOTELS IN SURINAME INCREASE GUEST SATISFACTION

Suriname's tourism industry has been growing steadily as guests from around the world visit to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful scenery. With the increase of international tourists with high expectations in quality and comfort, Surinamese hotels need to build their capacity to meet these demands. Unfortunately most hotel staff has not been formally trained in hospitality management.

BARBADOS NGOS PLAN STRATEGICALLY

The Caribbean Policy Development Center and the Barbados Youth Business Trust are two prominent NGOs that provide assistance and technical support to NGOs and the public in Barbados. The two organizations asked FAVACA for help in building the capacity of their members to develop strategic plans, results-based management, project planning, and project management.

PORT-DE-PAIX JOURNALISTS LEARN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

The Association of Haitian Journalists (AJH) provides training and resources to increase and improve the standards of journalism throughout Haiti. Journalists in the provinces rely on the capital for their news stories; therefore, they have little experience and knowledge on writing an investigative series for media outlets.

HOSPICE TRAINING IN ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

The House of Hope Society's main aim is providing hospice care to persons living with HIV/AIDS. They have been expanding their services to meet the needs of bed-ridden patients. The volunteer caregivers provide companionship for patients who are often isolated from their community with counseling, medical visits and care giving such as basic hygiene and provide relief for family caregivers.

BEEKEEPING BY-PRODUCTS CREATED IN THE SOUTH OF HAITI

Established in 2003, the Coalition of Progressive Youth in Mathurin (Regroupements des Jeunes Progressistes de Mathurin - REJEPMA) is a group of fifty young Haitian professionals trying to improve economic opportunities for the rural community through new methods of farming and economic literacy. An area of particular emphasis has been the improvement and growth of beekeeping.

CARPIN IMPROVES POISON INFORMATION TO THE JAMAICAN COMMUNITY

Each year the Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) holds their poison prevention week. The first few days of poison prevention week are dedicated to outreach programs geared to inform the public on specific poison information. While CARPIN's poison prevention week is successful, the organization wished to reach more of the Jamaican population and update its outreach with the most recent scientific information; therefore CARPIN requested the assistance of FAVACA to provide experts to help train staff and participants on poison prevention.

CROP BUDGETING TRAINING HELPS GUYANA HYDROPONIC VEGETABLE PRODUCERS

Under a Partners of the Americas "Shadehouse Production and Marketing Project," at least 200 home-based hydroponics vegetable producers and at least 20 low cost, small scale commercial hydroponics shadehouse vegetable producers are receiving technical assistance in hydroponics vegetable production. Using the hydroponic technique, it is possible to produce fresh, healthy vegetables in small spaces at home, often making use of discarded material, which if not used would have been garbage.

TOBAGO SHEDS SOME LIGHT ON SOLAR ENERGY

The Empowerment Foundation of Tobago (EFOT) was established in 1997 to provide the unemployed, unskilled, disadvantaged, young persons, single parents, and women in Tobago society with basic computer training and life skills. The organization expanded courses to include computer literacy, video programming and production, Auto Cad, basic literacy, computer literacy for the blind, carpentry, plumbing, and construction.

GONAIVES RECEIVE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM TRAINING

The Association of Haitian Journalists (AJH) aims to increase the capacity of journalists in Haiti by providing training and resources to increase and improve the standards of journalism in the provinces. Typically journalists in the provinces rely on the capital for retransmitting news and have little experience and knowledge in writing an investigative series for media outlets.

DOMINICANS LEARN ORGANIC COMPOSTING

The Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement (DOAM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sustainable development of the local organic industry in Dominica, together with the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI), an organization that provides for the growth and development of the agricultural sector in the Caribbean through science, technology, innovation, informational resources and sustainable natural resources, approached FAVACA for assistance.

LEGAL AID CLINIC AND HAITIAN LAWYERS RECEIVE NEEDED GUIDANCE

The town of Jérémie is approximately 100 miles from the capital of Haiti. Since the 2010 earthquake, the population of Jérémie has increased from those individuals whose homes and businesses were destroyed in the capital. The increase in population adds to already overburdened institutions providing healthcare, education, justice and other services to local residents. Severe overcrowding affects prisons around Haiti including the prison in Jérémie. Many prison inmates are pre-trial detainees or persons confined beyond their sentences.

HORTICULTURE TEAM HELPS IMPROVE YIELDS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Development Association of San José de Ocoa (Asociación Para el Desarrollo de San José de Ocoa - ADESJO) and the Foundation for the Future (Fundación Sur Futuro) have constructed greenhouses to grow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other high value vegetables.

BEEKEEPING BY-PRODUCTS LEARNED IN HAITI

For the past several years, Makouti Agro Enterprises has been striving to increase the capacity of beekeepers throughout Haiti and has met great success with increasing honey production for many beekeepers. While beekeepers have increased the amount of honey they are producing each season, some by-products such as wax are being discarded or underutilized.

SPECIAL EDUCATION STRENGTHENING IN DOMINICA

The Achievement Learning Centre (ALC) located in Roseau, Dominica is an educational facility that provides high quality education and training to teachers while creating a nurturing and supportive community consisting of highly skilled staff. ALC works with children with disabilities, those who have been referred from regular class setting, and the parents of children with disabilities to provide each student with the necessary skills and education so that they can make a meaningful contribution to society.

COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM DEVELOPED IN HAITI

In order to keep pace with the needs of increasing international tourists, Haiti has been improving infrastructure and services with new hotels breaking ground and the hospitality school recently reopening. The Haitian Ministry of Tourism requested assistance from FAVACA to develop best practices in community-based tourism.

HOSPITALITY INCREASES SERVICES IN HAITIAN HOTELS

Eric Favier traveled to Haiti March 26 - April 4, 2012. While in Haiti, Favier worked closely with the kitchen staff at the Oloffson Hotel. Favier made recommendations to the staff on offering new dishes, ensure a clean and sanitary working environment and provide excellent customer service.

BEEKEEPING EXPANDED IN NICARAGUA

Currently, beekeeping is a very lucrative alternative for many small farmers in Nicaragua and the amount of investment required for apiculture is much less than in other agricultural activities. The environment is favorable for producing organic honey, which is in high demand in the international market; yet, there is a lack of knowledge regarding apiary management, extraction costs and honey packaging, and a high level of Africanized bees limiting beekeeping development in Nicaragua.

NATIONAL RARA BAND OFFER ALTERNATIVE TO TROUBLED YOUTH

Rara bands are a form of social commentary and political protest and have been widely practiced in Haiti since the late 18th century. This tradition continues today and offers vulnerable, marginalized youth alternate activities to participating in gangs.

FUNDRAISING AND ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY-BUILDING IN COLOMBIA

The Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF - Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar)provides for the welfare of Colombian families with an emphasis on early childhood development. ICBF strives to combat nutritional deficiency and the disintegration and instability of the family, and provides a range of other services to children, mothers, and senior citizens.

HOSPITALITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN ST. EUSTATIUS

The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) was founded to promote tourism development on the island and to persuade the island Government to place a greater priority on tourism through more adequate funding and effective promotion in key markets. STDF aims to ensure quality tourism products by introducing and controlling the minimum standard requirements and prepare future generations to take on greater responsibilities in the tourism sector.

DAIRY INDUSTRY INCREASES KNOWLEDGE IN REPRODUCTION

To help provide training to veterinarians and cattle farmers in dealing with birthing problems (dystocia), Dr. Harry Momont, Clinical Associate Professor of Theriogenology at the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Nicaragua

QUALITY OF HONEY ALL THE BUZZ FOR HAITIAN BEEKEEPERS

The quality of the honey greatly depends upon its bottling and Makouti Agro-Enterprises is have limited knowledge of the bottling, honey processing and storage. Impurities have been found within the honey and the moisture content in the honey is extremely high after harvesting. Makouti Agro-Enterprises requested an expert to train beekeepers on improving the quality of honey, reducing the moisture content found in the honey, help in filtration methods during processing and other important factors to improve the bottling and processing of honey in Haiti.

ANIMAL HEALTH INCREASED IN HAITI

In Bas Groman and in much of rural Haiti, livestock can compose of nearly 50% of farmers' incomes, yet the health of these animals is often poor and farmers lose a significant proportion of their investments when livestock die. To improve the health of animals in the community, FAVACA recruited an expert to provide an assessment of the current state of livestock in Haiti by evaluating local food sources and making recommendations to increase livestock nutrition.

AVOCADO PRODUCTION IMPROVED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Fruit production, avocados in particular, is a huge agricultural industry in the Dominican Republic. Avocados are produced for local consumption and international export with the best quality produce exported out of the country. While the industry is quite large, the quality of produce could be improved with small changes by farmers and post harvest handlers.

CANAL SYSTEM IN HAITI IMPROVES ACCEES TO WATER FOR AGRICULTURE

The agricultural community of Bas Groman is nestled in the plains of the Cul-de-Sac region of Haiti. The plain has two main tributaries the Rivierre Blanche (the white river) and the Rivierre Gris (grey river) along with a natural spring Souce Zabeth (Spring Zabeth) which allows several thousands of hectares of agricultural land to be irrigated. Due to years of neglect and increased deforestation, sediment has built up in the canals not allowing water to flow to Bas Groman and other areas of the Cul-de-Sac.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING FOR COLOMBIA

First time FAVACA partner, La Red, located in Tulua, Valle de Cauca, Colombia works throughout the Pacific Coast to provide capacity building and leadership training to small grassroots organizations. The organization was started by a group of teenagers that felt youth needed more opportunities to participate and a greater voice in their communities. Seventeen years later, La Red has become a leader in innovative engagement for marginalized communities throughout the region.

BEES TAKE TO THE SEAS IN ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) provides cooperation, innovation and specialized knowledge to contribute to the competitive and sustainable development of agriculture in the Americas and to improve the lives of rural dwellers in their member countries. In 2006, Bo Sterk, a private beekeeper from St. Augustine, traveled to St. Vincent where at the time only 26 hives existed on the entire island due to heavy losses from a Varroa mite infestation and honey was not found in local markets.

ANGUILLA HOSPITALITY SECTOR RECEIVES TRAINING IN LEADERSHIP

Tourism has been an economic stable for much of the Caribbean. Competition for tourists, in particular repeat visitors, is especially dire during economically hard times. Like much of the Caribbean, Anguilla is dependent on the hospitality and tourism sector for much of their economy activity. The country offers a variety of food services from casual to fine dining; however, most persons in the food service industry have been promoted to supervisory positions based on their technical skills rather than their leadership abilities.

FLORIDA VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE SOLAR ENERGY TRAINING IN HAITI

Jobs in the construction and energy field have the potential to rise dramatically in the coming months and years and IOHD requested the assistance of FAVACA to meet the current and future needs of these two industries by providing training on entry level solar design and installation courses to cover the fundamental concepts and theories of photovoltaics.

LEPIDOPTERA PEST IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP IN GRENADA

For the past several years, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has been providing a series of trainings to increase capacity in identification of pests of economic and quarantine importance. Outbreaks of pests in the Caribbean region threatens and in some cases hinders the food security of the Caribbean Region especially since these invasive alien species are not able to be identified and therefore treated by farmers or pests experts in each country.

GUYANA AQUACULTURE INCREASE STANDARDS

The name Guyana comes from an Amerindians word meaning "land of many waters" due to the wealth of lakes and rivers throughout the country. The topography of the northern coast of Guyana consists of low marshy plains and waterways. Due in part to the abundance of fresh water, the aquaculture industry in Guyana has become increasingly competitive on the world stage and is quickly becoming a leading industry in the country. Yet, due to the relatively quick growth, there are no procedures or standards to ensure quality from one aquaculture businesses to the next.

DOMINICA RECEIVES TRAINING IN HORTICULTURE

Over the past year, FAVACA has collaborated with the Caribbean Agriculture and Research Institute (CARDI) on food security issues in particular increasing the production of vegetables. Greenhouse and shadehouse production of vegetables is a new and growing industry in Dominica and farmers need practice in all aspects of the production cycle in particular for solanaceous (tomatoe, potato, pepper) and brassica (broccoli, turnips, cabbage) vegetable production.

WOMEN FARMERS OPEN NEW MARKETS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Small farmers across the world face difficulties accessing markets that will provide them a fair price for the produce they sell. The Asociación Para el Desarrollo de San José de Ocoa, is an association of women vegetable producers who maintain several greenhouses across the region of San José de Ocoa just outside of Santo Domingo, also have difficulties accessing markets beyond their traditional local buyer. Produce is often sold at set prices and are often well below actual market value since many of their members and the extension officers who work with the association don't have the knowledge of how to access new markets.

STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR FARMERS IN COLOMBIAN COFFEE TRIANGLE

In July 2011 the "Coffee Triangle" of Colombia was recently designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. "The Coffee Triangle is one of the most beautiful regions in Colombia featuring nature, parks, art, coffee culture, and adventure sports" according to Proexport Colombia, the country's tourism promotion agency. Within this region, the Chamber of Commerce of Pereira and the Association of Coffee Farmers of Pereira (ASOCAFES), wishing to take advantage of this unique tourism opportunity, requested FAVACA send an expert to help design a strategic plan to promote tourism to that area.

PETAVY TEACHERS LEARN HOW TO TRAIN ON HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

In 2010, the Ecole La Dignité hosted two FAVACA volunteers who met with parents and students to provide information on HIV/AIDS prevention methods and provided a general understanding of the transmission of the disease. Over the course of the year, Ecole La Dignité recognized that most students understood the training and had a much better understanding of the disease but with new students coming into the school each year, Ecole La Dignité sought the assistance of FAVACA to provide training to teachers on HIV/AIDS prevention to allow them to continue to teach prevention methods as well as important information on the transmission and characteristics of the disease.

POULTRY NUTRITION AND FEED INCREASED IN HAITI

Once known as a center for piracy in the Caribbean, Ile de la Tortue, an island off the northern coast of Haiti, was once inhabited by a settlement of French pirates and a settlement of British pirates who for the majority of the 16th century used the island to attack Spanish galleons and merchant ships. The once bustling port full of unsavory characters, Ile de la Tortue is now composed of fishermen and farmers and dependent on the mainland for much of their needs. A local cooperative of farmers along with support from a US based nonprofit organization called Coops4Haiti, Inc, are set to find ways to infuse economic growth on the island.

SPECIAL EDUCATION IMPROVED IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS

The Cotton-Thomas Comprehensive School provides training and education to children with disabilities. In 2009-2010 the school produced a special education curriculum but teachers are struggling with breaking down the activities into simple tasks and the administration would like to put procedures in place to monitor the curriculum and to make suggestions about teaching special education.

AMERINDIAN COMMUNITY IN GUYANA DEVELOPS COSMETIC PRODUCTS

In the remote tropical forest of Guyana, the Amerindian population known as the Three Brothers Community have been producing Crabwood oil from Crabwood tree seeds (Carapa guianensis). The oil is reputed to be an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial as well as being very high in Vitamin E and effective in repelling mosquitoes. The community wanted to utilize the oil in cosmetic products, however they have little experience creating cosmetic and consumer products with broad appeal and requested assistance from FAVACA.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RECEIVES VALUE CHAIN TRAINING

The Association for the Development of San Jose de Ocoa (Asosciacion para el Desarrollo de San Jose de Ocoa) {ADESJO} and the Foundation for the Future (Fundacion sur Futuro) are comprised of several women vegetable producers growing peppers, cucumbers and other high value perishable items. Once these women harvest a particular vegetable product, they generally sell their harvest to a local buyer at a set price regardless of the time of year or the current value of the particular vegetable.

HAITIAN COMMUNITY RECEIVES PIGEON PEA TRAINING

The small agricultural community of Bas Groman located just outside of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti use to be a sugarcane stronghold when the Haitian American Sugar Company (HASCO) had a refinery outside of Port-au-Prince and employed most of the farmers in Bas Groman. HASCO maintained irrigation canals and provided inputs such as fertilizer to farmers to ensure bountiful harvests. When HASCO closed in 1987, their support for clearing irrigation canals and farm inputs ceased.

DOMINICA IMPLEMENTS NEW POST HARVEST TECHNIQUES FOR TUBERS

Agriculture is important to the economy of Dominica and contributes over 10% to GDP. Root crops are a key component of the agricultural thrust. The main market has been for fresh trade however with increased production and increased quality standards there is the need to improve harvesting, post harvest handling and curing techniques of root tubers. The Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in Dominica requested an expert to provide training on improving post harvest techniques specifically focusing on the curing of sweet potatoes, yams and cassava to upgrade the quality of the product going to the market and extend the shelf life of the tubers for the small farmer and trader.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS REDUCES PESTS TO INCREASE SWEET POTATO PRODUCTION

For the past several years, the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) has been participating in the CARICOM Regional Transformation Program for Agriculture and has the lead responsibility for the development of the regional sweet potato industry. The program aims to increase the commodity value chain to improve the production, productivity and value added products. Recently farmers in St. Kitts and Nevis have seen a decrease in sweet potato production due to the sweet potato weevil Cylas Formicarius. In some cases damage is as high as 70-80% and which results in severe revenue loss to the farmers.

COMPOSTING HELPS ORGANIC FARMERS IN DOMINICA

For the past three years, FAVACA has been working with the Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement (DOAM) to help improve and strengthen organic agriculture in Dominica. While organic agriculture in Dominica is growing in popularity, farmers have found it difficult to transition their fields and maintain production levels. It has also been hard to preserve the fertility of the soil without using chemical fertilizers. Realizing these difficulties, DOAM requested FAVACA's support to provide training in soil nutrient management for tropical organic crop production systems.

DOMINICA IMPROVES HIVE PRODUCTION AND PEST MANAGEMENT

Through a sustained program of apiary trainings in Dominica over the years FAVACA experts have provided the inspectors of Pure Blossom Hives and others instructors in the beekeeping industry on queen rearing. After several years of practicing and implementing the new techniques, the amount of hives on the island has increased significantly. Pure Blossom Hives requested the assistance of FAVACA to follow up on the training to provide experts on how and when a hive can be divided into two hives and the queen bee can be removed and transported across the country to expand the population.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING IN HAITI EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES

Small and medium enterprises have been identified as a key component in stimulating the economy in Haiti and providing much needed jobs. With an entrepreneurial spirit, formal training in small business development and access to capital, Haitians throughout the country have the ability to start their own businesses. The Camille and Sulette Merilus Foudation for Haitian Development (CSMF), a nonprofit organization with the aim to increase economic development in Haiti, hopes to create investment opportunities and stimulate job growth throughout Haiti through formal business trainings.

BEEKEEPING CONGRESS ESTABLISHES RESEARCH CENTER IN GRENADA

The sixth annual Caribbean Beekeeping Congress took place in Grenada May 23-27, 2011 bringing together beekeepers from the Caribbean and Latin America to discuss the progress of beekeeping across the region. A variety of technical papers were presented during the conference by leading experts in the field of beekeeping.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS DEVELOPS GANG VIOLENCE REDUCTION PLAN

The Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis has launched the Violence Prevention Project whose aim is to ensure a peaceful atmosphere in schools while maintaining the twin-island federation's performance in education. Five schools are involved in a one-year pilot project - Verchilds, Cayon, and Basseterre High Schools and the Charles E. Mills and Charlestown Secondary Schools, which will include an assessment of the schools' climate, risk behavior and needs.

DOMINICA LOOKING TOWARDS ORGANIC STANDARDS

The Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement Incorporated (DOAM) has been working to promote the development of organic agriculture on the island since 2005. FAVACA with support from the Jimmy Buffett Singing for Change Foundation and Tony Kleese of Eastern Carolina Organics have been helping DOAM increase their capacity to provide organic agriculture on Dominica. Kleese developed Eastern Carolina Organics which focuses on helping protect high quality farmland through stimulating agricultural entrepreneurship.

BEEKEEPING INSPECTION SYSTEM SOUGHT IN HAITI

Beekeeping and honey production in Haiti has always been a small market enterprise but in the past several years, beekeeping is quickly becoming a major industry where selling honey and wax products are increasing revenues for families. Beekeepers in Haiti have no inspection criteria or way to categorize hives to help them with the identification and treatment of disease and pests. Makouti Agro-Enterprise's long term goal is to create an inspection system which will be available and utilized in all major honey production centers throughout Haiti.

GOVERNOR'S HURRICANE CONFERENCE AND HAITIAN MAYOR
EXCHANGE

FAVACA in coordination with the Florida League of Cities organized a delegation of five Haitian government officials to travel to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to participate in the 25th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference and the Haitian Mayor Exchange and Civics Training on Monday May 16th.

PROTECTED AGRICUTURE IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Farmers in St. Kitts and Nevis are looking to increase their yields in vegetable production and have been introduced to protected systems as a new technology to help further increase production levels. Vegetable production is highly sought and farmers are able to obtain a good market value throughout the year on their produce however yields are unpredictable and often unable to keep up with demand; therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture of St. Kitts & Nevis along with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) requested assistance from a FAVACA expert to provide training in protected agriculture management to increase vegetable production on the islands.

SHADE HOUSE TRAINING IMPROVES VEGETABLE CROPS IN GRENADA

The use of shade houses to produce vegetable crops (mainly lettuce, tomato, and sweet pepper) is relatively new in Grenada and therefore farmers are not experienced in this sector of agriculture. The use of shade houses has its own management issues which are quite different from the management of open field farming.

SOLAR WORKSHOP CREATES VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN TOBAGO

The Empowerment Foundation of Tobago (EFOT) was designed to address basic skills and computer training for the entire island of Tobago with its central focus on the unemployed, unskilled, disadvantaged, young persons, single parents and women of Tobago society. Courses are provided in small appliance repairs, food processing, and video programming and production, Auto Cad, basic literacy, and computer literacy especially for the blind.

WOMEN COOPERATIVES GROW IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Association for the Development of San Jose de Ocoa (Asosciacion para el Desarrollo de San Jose de Ocoa) {ADESJO} and the Foundation for the Future (Fundacion sur Futuro) have been working with cooperatives made up of women farmers who have established greenhouses to increase the number of vegetables produced in the country. Extension agents continually work with the cooperatives to provide valuable training to ensure a healthy harvest; however, extension officers often lack the resources to train these cooperatives effectively.

FIREFIGHTING SKILLS ENHANCED IN NICARAGUA

Established in 1936, the Volunteer Firefighters of Managua (Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos) of Managua is comprised of a coalition of firefighters who volunteer their time to provide emergency services throughout the capital. The organization is not supported by government funding, equipment is severely limited, and most of the equipment is provided from sources outside of Nicaragua. Access to formal training, such as how to properly enter a building or how to tactically set up when arriving at a fire, is needed.

FARMERS LEARN GREENHOUSE TECHNOLOGY IN DOMINICA

CARDI/ Dominica requested a follow-up to the visit by Dr. Moore and Ms. Fisher to train participants on greenhouse technology with particular emphasis on the Ministry of Agriculture's extension staff. The requested training focused on the use of tools such as pH, light and EC meters; soil testing; compost testing for nutrient content; fertilization (types & proper use); determination of fertilization requirements for optimum growth in vegetable greenhouses; bedding plants especially related to solanaceous & brassica vegetable production as well as lettuce production; and soil pasteurization.

HAITI RECEIVES COMPOSTING TOILET TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

GrassRoots United works in disaster affected countries to provide health and medical programs, alternative building projects focusing on promoting environmentally friendly facilities, and volunteer opportunities to individuals looking to provide assistance. GrassRoots United has increased their efforts to provide better sanitation and public health options after the 2010 earthquake and have been partnering with GiveLove to construct composting toilets.

THE INSTITUTE OF FAMILY WELL-BEING RECEIVES STRATEGIC PLANNING TRAINING IN COLOMBIA

The Institute of Family Well-Being (Acción Social, Instituto de Bienstar Familiar) {ICBF} in Bogota, Colombia is a public service institution committed to the comprehensive protection of at-risk families and children. Additionally ICBF processes domestic and international adoptions, provides welfare services, and has offices in every department of Colombia.

CURRICULUM DEVELOPED FOR THE EDUCATION SECTOR IN HAITI

The Fund for Social and Economic Assistance (FAES) has been working on behalf of the Haitian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training for over ten years in the development of educational infrastructure through the implementation of various programs including the Local Development Program, the Basic Education Program of the Government of Haiti, the Program of Emergency Reconstruction for Educational Establishments, and the Support Program for the Reconstruction of Educational Facilities.

MARKETING TRAINING FOR SOCIAL BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS

Alejandrito Corazon is an organization who works to provide health care and heart surgery to children from all over Colombia, who without their support, would not receive necessary life saving surgery. Alejandrito Corazon created a social business, Heart for Change, to help fundraise for their cause. One method that Heart for Change uses to generate funding is to provide summer internship experiences at a cost to youth from around the world with the profits going directly to assist Alejandrito Corazon.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN HAITI

Since the 2009 training, VVHF has created several small gardens where they have been raising vegetables to provide 520 children with nutritious meals each day. Currently, production is not able to meet the demand for feeding 520 children and VVHF has asked Roy Beckford, University of Florida Lee County Extension Agent, to provide a training from March 21-27, 2011 on how to plan for increasing production and how to use their local resources to achieve that goal.

BARBADOS RECEIVES DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING

The Association of Professional Social Workers (BAPSW) strives to be a voice of the social work profession and to act as an agent of change effecting social policy and development by providing high quality professional services through education, advocacy and alliance with all sectors of society.

STRATEGIC TOURISM PLAN IN NICARAGUA DEVELOPED

The Association of Hotels and Restaurants for the Development of Tourism in Bilwi (Asociación de Hoteles y Restaurantes para el Desarrollo Turístico de Bilwi) {ASHORDES} is an association of tourism service providers that cares for the common interests of tourism by providing training programs to their members to better serve domestic and foreign visitors and who strives to increase the economic development of the local community.

GRENADA FARMERS LEARN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE TECHNIQUES

The commercial and semi-commercial production of vegetable seedlings in nurseries is a vital aspect for the sustainable development of the vegetable subsector in Grenada. This activity is still relatively new to Grenada and therefore upgrading seed production and managerial technical skills of nursery operations can play a significant role in improving vegetable production in Grenada.

FOOD SAFETY ADDRESSED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Food security has become a major focus for many countries in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic has been making major strides to increase the number of vegetable producers providing quality produce to the tourism and domestic markets.

AVOCADO PRODUCTION INCREASED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

In recent years, the Dominican Republic has made a push to compete internationally on fruit production especially in the production of avocados. The Dominican Republic's unique climate and topography allows producers to be able to grow tropical varieties of avocados and another smaller variety which only grows in a Mediterranean climate which can be found in elevation in the Dominican Republic.

DAIRY MANAGEMENT IN NICARAGUA IMPROVE PROFITS FOR DAIRY FARMERS

The profitability of dairy farms is not always clear because there is a lack of adequate control and accounting systems (incomes and expenditures) leading to uncertainty among producers of knowing which dairy activities yield profits and which activities do not. Proper dairy farm administration requires skills in accounting but also an understanding of the whole production system and how to make best use of the natural resources.

GRAIN STORAGE IN NICARAGUA HELP DAIRY FARMERS

The dairy value chain in Nicaragua depends on milk production based on tropical fodder of grains and legumes. The peak growing season for these crops coincides with the rainy season (May - November) during which time they are available for dairy production. However, reduced rainfalls during the dry season (December - April) negatively impact dairy production and cattle health due to the lack of high quality feed.

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM ENACTED IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

For nearly ten years, the Directorate of Gender Affairs has collaborated with the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and Americas (FAVACA) on curbing issues of domestic violence in Antigua & Barbuda. Through numerous trainings from FAVACA experts in the field, the Directorate of Gender Affairs has been able to enact legislation to help prosecute domestic violence offenders while also putting into place a comprehensive program of action to deal with domestic violence.

ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF VALUE CHAIN IN NICARAGUA

The dairy sector in Nicaragua is a growing industry in Nicaragua and one that has the ability to increase their market share both domestically and internationally. Yet, the dairy industry has significant challenges to overcome in order to become an industry leader in dairy production and products.

INTEGRATED FARMING INCREASED IN GUYANA

The Institute for Private Enterprise Development (IPED) has been executing an Integrated Farming Model for Poor Farmers Project, which is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Currently there are nearly 200 farms practicing some form of integrated farming (a practice of farming which combines several farming activities on small farms and rural households) with duckweed production, bio-digestion of animal/plant wastes, fish farming or all three in some cases.

CAPACITY BUILDING FOR FIFTEEN ORGANIZATIONS IN BOGOTA

With the support of FAVACA, Fundacion Sentires hosted the Organizational Strengthening and Resource Development Workshop at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia from November 19-21, 2010. Approximately 30 members of the non- profit community and other organizations that develop and implement social programs across Colombia gathered at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies about Development (CIDER) for a 3-day workshop to network and build fundraising, project management, and financial accounting skills, and more.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERT COLLABORATES WITH FUNDACION APRENDO

Fundacion Aprendo hosted an organizational development workshop from November 7th-10th 2010 in Barranquilla, Colombia. Hugo Cardona of Core Strategies for Nonprofits and originally from Colombia presented to a group of 5 different organizations on financial accountability, project management, and fundraising. The workshop provided the skills requested by the Fundacion Aprendo, a Barranquilla- based organization with over 25 years of providing therapy and educational opportunities to special needs children.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOCUS OF CAYMAN ISLANDS COLLABORATION

Department of Commerce and Investment is partnering with the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) to enhance the skills and knowledge of start-up and existing business owners. Currently business counseling and training are offered through a small business development center (SBDC) however the current staff cannot keep up with the demand.

FRUIT FLY INFESTATION CONTROL TO ALLOW FOR EXPORTATION OF FRUIT FROM GRENADA

The Ministry of Agriculture of Grenada and CARDI hope to develop protocols for hot water treatment of golden apple fruits (Ambarella, Spondias cytherea,) to allow for export into markets such as the US and EU. Their efforts have been hampered for the past 6 years because Grenada has been dealing with a new invasive species, the West Indian Fruit Fly (Anastrepha oblique), which has infested much of the golden apple fruits and the fruit is therefore unable to pass USDA guidelines for exportation.

PROTECTIVE COVERING MANAGEMENT TRAINING TO IMPROVE VEGETABLE CROPS IN DOMINICA

Dominican farmers have a large stake in vegetable production many of which are grown in protected agriculture systems such as greenhouses or shade houses however yields have not produced the expected results as in other islands. The current practice of growing the crops directly in the soil as if they were grown in the open field have resulted in the build-up of soil born pests and diseases forcing many farmers to plant in pots which has its own challenges.

THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY REDUCED IN THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN

In an effort to protect the Eastern Caribbean from invasive Heteroptera pests threatening over 90 species of plants including legumes and vegetables, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) requested FAVACA's assistance to train farmers and extension agents on identifying and eliminating these pests.

PETAVY STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

Ecole La Dignité opened its doors to the children of Pétavy, a small village near the town of Cayes Jacmel on the southeast coast of Haiti, in 1999. Initial funds and space only allowed for one classroom and nine children to attend. Each year the school has garnered more support and now teaches a total of 267 students from grades K-6 and has plans to add grades 7-8 next year.

TRACTOR TRAINING TO IMPROVE FARMING FOR LOCAL FARMING COOPERATIVE IN GRENADA

A new and young set of tractor operators have been assigned to operate the Grenadian Ministry of Agriculture's Tractor Service to plough land for farmers; however these young operators have little or no formal training in the safe and efficient use of tractors to perform these land preparation tasks.

SCHOOLS IN NORTHERN HAITI RECEIVE TRAUMA CARE AND COPING LESSONS

Lycée Charlemagne Peralte de St. Raphael is a public high school located in the rural agricultural town of St. Raphael dedicated to the academic excellence of their students and has been recognized as a high achieving school in the north of Haiti due to the success rate of students passing the high stakes baccalaureate exam.

FINANCIAL PLAN GUIDES GREENHOUSE OWNERS IN FINANCIAL MATTERS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

For the past several years in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Agriculture and agricultural associations across the country have seen an increase in the demand for fresh produce especially with a growing tourism industry.

JAMAICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS INCREASE CAPACITY AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Since 2000 the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has been spearheading reform in deaf education through the implementation of a bilingual approach. These efforts have been positively impacting the thirteen schools for the deaf on the island.

ADVANCES IN PASTURE FORAGE IMPROVES DAIRY FARMS IN NICARAGUA

The dairy value chain in Nicaragua is based on milk produced from tropical forage that has its growing cycle and development coincide with the rainy season (May - November), which in turn effects the growth during the dry season (December - April). When the waters levels diminish the pasture and forage reduce drastically, affecting milk production and cattle health.

NUTRITION STANDARDS INCREASED FOR LIVESTOCK IN HAITI

Livestock in Haiti is an additional source of income for families and often considered a Haitian's piggy bank since these animals are sold when families need to send their children to school or pay for a major expense. A relatively recent addition to many households is the domesticated rabbit since rabbits breed quickly and offer a source of protein.

POST HARVEST PRODUCTION IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Farmers in St Kitts and Nevis have been trying to grow onions and white potatoes for a number of years but the quality of the produce is often poor which can be attributed to the post harvest problems (soft rot in white potatoes and improper curing in onions).

VETERAN BEEKEEPER IMPROVES CONSTRUCTION IN HAITI

Beekeeping in Haiti is a growing but still underutilized industry in Haiti. Beyond the immediate benefit of pollinating agricultural fields, beekeeping creates a cottage industry where beekeepers can sell honey and secondary bee products like candles and waxes adding much needed income.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT IN ST. KITTS & NEVIS

Several major pests have caused major crop losses to farmers across the two islands, including cabbage loopers, aphids, whiteflies, and especially the diamondback moth, according to the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) St. Kitts & Nevis as well as the Ministry of Agriculture.

COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES IMPROVED IN HAITI

Haiti was the subject of intense, international media interest in the days and weeks following the earthquake, and the Haitian Ministry of Culture and Communications fielded the vast majority of those inquiries, conducting as many as 40 interviews a day.

AGRIBUSINESS TECHNIQUES TO INCREASE PROFITS IN GRENADA

Farmers in Grenada operate with scant knowledge of production costs or profitability. At times they repeat crops without knowing the impact on their bottom line, or if their cash, time, and efforts could generate greater profits with other products.

SPECIAL NEEDS CENTER RECEIVES TRAINING IN EQUINE ASSISTED THERAPY

Special needs children in Nicaragua have limited access to therapies or activities with the exception of Los Mimados, a horse therapy center located in the heart of Managua that treats more than 300 children per week. The children ages 2-18 receive free physical therapy treatment both in the traditional sense and also by touching, riding, and enjoying horses.

GREENHOUSE MANAGEMENT INCREASES CROP VARIETY IN ST. VINCENT

The growing season for vegetable production in the Caribbean is generally quite limited with some varieties being grown in the colder months. The short growing season forces hotels and restaurants to purchase vegetables from outside of St. Vincent and farmers are forced to lower their prices for vegetables to remain competitive with imports.

POST HARVEST TRAINING FOR CACAO FARMERS

The cacao farmers in Masatepe were lured into the cash crop of cacao several years ago with aspirations to reach the growing market for organic chocolate lovers. They began planting and have overcome many obstacles but they lacked the technology and skills to bring their small farms to a more profitable level.

ENGINEERS HELPING TO REOPEN UNIVERSITY IN HAITI

The State University of Haiti [Université d’Etat d’Haïti] (UEH) traces its origins to the 1820s with the establishment of the law school and the medical school. Since that time, the university has added a variety of other departments and institutions in Port-au-Prince and across the country.

NICARAGUANS RECEIVE DISASTER RESPONSE TRAINING

The Volunteer Firefighters of Managua (Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos) of Managua was established in 1936. These volunteers have years of experience in disaster response but have minimal formal training. In light of the earthquakes around the region, the firefighters sought formal training in first response to supplement their experience in disaster response and wanted an opportunity to learn about new technologies and training techniques.

Guyana Community Improves Natual Oil and Soap Production

The Three Brothers Community in Guyana, an Amerindian community located near the Waini River, produces a natural oil and soap from oil extracted from the seeds of the Crabwood tree (Carapa guianensis). Its oil is thought to have therapeutic value and is reputed to be an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial as well as being very high in Vitamin E.

Six Provide Trauma Care in the Central Plateau

Following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, Hosean International Ministries (HIM) opened their complex in Pignon to house, feed, and educate over 350 people seeking refuge from the disaster. While many of the initial needs for food and medical attention were being met, founder of HIM Caleb Lucien noticed that many of the refugees especially the youth were potentially suffering from post traumatic stress.

Government Building Assessed by Structrual Engineer

Long-time FAVACA partner and Haitian Minister of Tourism, Patrick Delatour, now head of the Haitian Commission Responsible for Shelter Building and Reconstruction Planning, requested assistance from FAVACA.

Registered Nurse and Trauma Counselor Provides Immediate Relief

Following the devastating January 12th earthquake, veteran FAVACA volunteer Lory Servil, North Miami, provided her psychiatric nurse experience to benefit numerous domestic and international organizations providing care to the injured.

Nutritional Standards Improved in Haiti

Since 1979, Village of Vision for Haiti Foundation (VVHF, a non-profit organization, has served the growing need for education and care of preschool and school-age children of working families at Lamardelle, a small Haitian city located near the Dominican Republic border.

BEEKEEPING EXPANDED IN HAITI

Veteran volunteer Bo Sterk, St. Augustine, returned to Haiti November 14-22, 2009 to provide a variety of trainings to the Regroupements des Jeunes Progressistes de Mathurin (REJEPMA) located in Plaisance de Sud in the Nippes Department. Forty participants learned the integral aspects of bee colony and hive maintenance.

National Heritage Park Established in the Bahamas

Dr. Keith Tinker of the Bahamas Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMC) is the principal heritage conservation agency in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It is committed to the preservation, interpretation and promotion of nation monuments, historical sites, museums, artifacts and eco-facts, which acquire national importance, and inspire public interest by reason of their historical, archaeological, anthropological and/or paleontological significance.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING IN ANTIGUA

The Directorate of Gender Affairs is committed to building a country in which women and men enjoy their full rights as individuals and are equal partners in shaping the economic, political, social, and development of their country.

FIRE SAFETY IN HAITI

The Hotel Villa Creole was established in 1948 in Petion Ville, Haiti. The hotel employs 155 people to oversee 70 rooms. In the past, FAVACA has provided fire and rescue training to hotels in Port-au-Prince and Petion Ville but many of the employees who partook in the training have not used the training often or due to the high turnover rate in the hospitality sector, have not been trained in fire and rescue safety.

HISPANIOLA YOUTH LOG-ON TO NEW SKILLS

For the past several years, the Levi-Strauss Foundation and FAVACA have provided small grants and short-term technical assistance to build the capacity of local institutions who work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the free trade zone located on the border region of Ouanaminthe, Haiti and Dajabon, Dominican Republic.

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS PREVENT GANG ACTIVITY

The SRO program is the link between crime prevention in communities and crime prevention in schools. FAVACA, the Ministry of National Security and COMET held the training in Ocho Rios, Jamaica September 24-27, 2009 to train best practices in dealing with the prevention of youth gang activities.

REGIONAL LEADERS BENEFITS FROM PEST WORKSHOP IN GRENADA

Due to globalization and the increase in seaborne trade throughout the Caribbean, agriculture and other industries are under increased threat from coleopteran pests (e.g. beetles) and other insects. Infestation from these insects could decimate crops, paralyze the agriculture industry, halt construction, and cripple other industries.

STATIA BEAUTIFIES ISLAND FOR TOURISTS

For several years, and with the help of FAVACA, the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) has been pioneering the tourism industry on the small island of St. Eustatius, commonly referred to as "Statia". Since 2007, FAVACA has provided a number of trainings for the Foundation notably, food and kitchen sanitation, innovative methods to improve guest satisfaction, and new cooking techniques resulting in a number of exciting dishes being offered.

In U.S., young Haitians mobilize to help their nation

Lawrence Gonzalez wants to invest his energy, sweat and time in Haiti. And he believes he has found just the way to do it: Create a corps of Haitian students in the United States to work on service projects in the Caribbean nation.

CREATING A BUZZ ABOUT BEEKEEPING IN DOMINICA

Beekeeping in the Caribbean has suffered great setbacks in the past several decades due to the introduction of Africanized bees, the Vero mite, and habitat loss due to man-made and natural disasters.

33rd ANNUAL MIAMI CONFERENCE ON THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA

The Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA), are pleased to invite you to be a part of our 33rd Annual Miami Conference on the Caribbean and Central America, taking place from November 30 - December 2, 2009, at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

FAVACA VOLUNTEER BUILDS THE CAPACITY OF A HAITIAN NGO

The Institute of Interuniversity Research and Development [Institut Interuniversitaire de Recherche et Development] (INURED) was created to promote and institutionalize social research and post-graduate training in partnership with academic and non-academic institutions in Haiti and elsewhere.

NICARAGUAN WEBSITE DESIGN LINKS INDIGENOUS WOMEN TO NEW MARKETS

The Association of Indigenous Women in the Atlantic Coast (AMICA- la Asociacion de Mujeres Indigenas de la Costa Atlantica) is an indigenous women's group which promotes the integral development of indigenous woman, the defense of their rights, the participation of woman in the decision-making process in their communities, and the integration of indigenous women into economic activities.

TWO HAITIAN HOSPITALS RECEIVE ADVANCED LIFE-SUPPORT TRAINING

FAVACA in collaboration with the Haitian Resource and Development Foundation (HRDF), a nonprofit organization helping with the development of Haiti, and the International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC), shipped a variety of emergency room medical equipment to the Hospital de L'Universite d'Etat d'Haiti, commonly known as the General Hospital located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

EVACUATION PLAN AND FIRE SAFETY FOCUS FOR CAP HAITIAN HOSPITAL

Servicing a large majority of the healthcare needs in the Northern part of Haiti, the Justinian Hospital in Cap Haitien, Haiti is a vital resource for providing much needed medical services for a large sector of the population.

< 4th ANNUAL POISON CONTROL CONFERENCE A SUCCESS IN JAMAICA

The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is an organization with the goal of increasing awareness throughout the Caribbean on poison and poison prevention strategies.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED RECIEVES COMPUTER TRAINING IN BARBADOS

The National Disabilities Unit works 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 in Barbados.

NICARAGUAN NGO RECEIVES TRAINING ON BUSINESS PLANNING AND AGRICULTURAL MARKETS

Fundacion Fenix is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) located just outside Managua whose main objective is to develop activities and programs to prevent drug use amongst children and teenagers as well as the promotion of the integral development for vulnerable groups. Fundacion Fenix has been working to develop sources that can provide a secure form of funds for their outreach program.

DOCUMENTARY ON COLONIALISM CREATED IN GRENADA

Dr. Oliver Benoit, Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences at St. Georges University requested an expert to provide a lecture on the legacy of colonialism in Grenada to students in a Caribbean Identity and Caribbean Issues & Perspectives class. Veteran FAVACA volunteer Valerie Scoon, a faculty member at Florida State University's College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts and President and CEO of True Vision Productions, shared excerpts from a documentary she has been creating on colonialism from several previous FAVACA missions.

GANG VIOLENCE REDUCTION STRATEGY

FAVACA in conjunction with United States Agency for International Development's Community Empowerment and Transformation (COMET) project and the US Department of State's Narcotics Affairs Sections from Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic held a regional gang violence reduction strategy workshop and study tour May 5-7, 2009 at the Mayfair Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida.

FLORIDA NGO BROKERS SHORT-TERM AID

Julienne Gage, a freelance journalist and broadcast news producer based in Miami, published an article on the value FAVACA brings through short-term aid projects.

FUND HELP FOR CARIBBEAN

The year 1982 was a critical one for Florida. The economy had sagged as part of a national recession. As Florida continued to absorb the tens of thousands of Cuban refugees who had arrived from Mariel in 1980, new waves of refugees arrived on our shores to escape the political instability of a communist regime in Nicaragua and the poverty of Haiti. Many Floridians with skills, experience and, sometimes, roots in the Caribbean were eager to help.

HAITIAN HOSPITAL RECEIVES EMERGENCY ROOM EQUIPMENT

Over 2 million people live in the Port-au-Prince and Petion Ville area of Haiti and until recently there were no emergency rooms or ICU units to support any of the population living Haiti.

SECONDARY TEACHER TRAINING SEMINAR

Pwof Ansanm, a nonprofit organization in Haiti, supports programs and individuals whose mission it is to improve Haitian education through teacher training, curriculum development and material development. Pwof Ansanm holds biannual trainings for secondary teachers and requested the assistance of FAVACA to provide experts who could provide lessons in democracy (civics) and children's rights program, and provide organizational development expertise.

LOCAL NONPROFITS RECEIVE BOOST

The Family and Parenting Center (FPC) is a small nonprofit organization in Jamaica that ensures that facilities across the country are utilized for the empowerment of individuals, families and communities with psychological and social needs.

Honduran Micro-credit foundation opens new revenue streams

The Adelante Foundation of Honduras is a micro-credit lending organization that supports women in rural areas of northern Honduras. René Lincona, Executive Director of the foundation sought assistance in overhauling and rewriting their business skills lessons to improve the content and impact for their 5,000 clients.

Guyana Receives At-Risk Youth Development Training

Partners of Americas has been working in Guyana for several years implementing a program called Educare which provides educational and work development programs for at-risk youth. Educare has had some great success implementing these programs however Educare feels there is a need for some of their youth counselors to be trained in good counseling skills to enable them to reach out to more of the youth in their programs and help to work on issues that are affecting the youth.

International Firefighting Assistance

International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA) is a non- profit organization that provides humanitarian assistance, support, education and training to firefighters and emergency rescue workers in underprivileged countries.

FAVACA Teams with Choukoun

FAVACA has teamed up with Choukoun, a micro-business organization aimed to combat poverty, by providing microloans to entrepreneurs creating small businesses aimed to benefit the community of Deschapelles, Haiti. Donations can be made through FAVACA to support the efforts of Choukoun.

Rebuild Haiti Video

On November 14, 2008 in the Fellowship Hall of Coral Gables Congregational Church, FAVACA participated in a joint fundraiser for Haiti.

FAVACA Article in the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare

An article was recently published in the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare looking at the satisfaction of past FAVACA volunteers and FAVACA regional partners. FAVACA was rated very high in satisfaction from both volunteers and partners.

Haitian Teacher Training Focuses on Planning Skills

The International Coalition is a small nonprofit organization with members in both South Florida and in the Northwest Department of Haiti working to help provide education to children in Mare Rouge and just outside of Mole Saint Nicolas. Education is a priority for nearly every Haitian however the cost of schooling is often a deterrent as well as the poor quality of schools across the country.

Hospitality Center in St. Eustatius Cooks up a Training

The St. Eustatius Tourism Center recently constructed a hospitality school which trains recently graduated high school students to become formalized with the necessary skills to enter into the hospitality industry. The department which focuses on food services at the Tourism Center expressed their need for an updated and improved curriculum.

The Bahamas Responds to Emergencies and Disasters

The Bahamas Responds to Emergencies and Disasters Hurricane Ike passed through the Bahamas in August 2008 and caused millions of dollars worth of damage to the infrastructure of the islands as well as a great deal of physical damage to the local population. The National Emergency Medical Service, which provides all emergency services in the Bahamas, contacted FAVACA to help train emergency personnel on new techniques to drive emergency vehicles during times of disaster as well as methods to evacuate people from an emergency situation in Grand Bahamas and New Providence.

Belize Receives Elderly Care Plan

The National Council on Aging (NCA) is in the final year of their 5 year plan and contacted FAVACA to find an expert who could help to evaluate their success in implementing the plan. The volunteer was also requested to work with NCA’s staff and board members to develop another 5-10 year strategic national plan on aging. 2007 FAVACA Volunteer of the Year, Martha Pelaez of Miami Florida, agreed to provide the requested training and offer her suggestions in designing and implementing a new strategic plan.

Greater Miami Chamber Salutes International Business Leaders

Today, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presented the second annual International Business Leadership Awards at the Hilton Miami Downtown hotel. Awards were presented to companies that engage in international business or activities that support international business development in Florida.

Rebuild Haiti: MISSION POSSIBLE

On November 14, 2008 in the Fellowship Hall of Coral Gables Congregational Church, FAVACA participated in a joint fundraiser for Haiti. All proceeds were donated to support the efforts of three leading south Florida international organizations to provide urgently needed assistance to those affected.

Guyana Beekeeping Conference

Guyana once had a thriving beekeeping operation and use to be one of the leading honey producers in the Caribbean. Docile Italian Honey Bees thrived in the region creating bountiful honey and easy to manage hives; however increased shipping to the country brought Africanized bees to the country in the mid-1970s.

Haitian Studies Association Conference

The twentieth annual Haitian Studies Association Conference took place November 6-8, 2008 at Club Indigo in Montrouis, Haiti. The Conference features a variety of roundtable discussions and presentations by leading Haitian and Haitian-American experts as well as other experts with an interest in Haiti.

Haiti in Crisis

Haiti still reeling from the effects of Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike an estimated 600 people have died and more than 70,100 others across the country are homeless. Hurricane Hannah slowly made its way across Haiti dumping down rain on an already saturated country causing damaging floods and dangerous mudslides.

Barbados Nonprofits Receive Training on NGO Strengthening

The recent worldwide food and energy shortages have increased the need for social services on the island of Barbados and around the globe. During times of difficulty, citizens flock to the social service sector to receive the services that citizens are unable to afford and governments are unable to finance.

Autism Gains Public Attention in Jamaica

In the past three years, the matter of Autism and developmental and mental health disorders has just begun to gain public attention in Jamaica; however, there is a major lack of knowledge on how to treat the issues relating to autism.

Rum Cay Students Document the Cultural History of the Island

The Caribbean is known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and relaxing atmosphere which draws tourist from around the world. However with number of tourist ever increasing, the islands have begun to escalate the amount of development projects in order to capture more and more of the tourism market. With expansive development projects, often times mean the loss of components of the islands heritage and local histories.

Conference tackles Jamaican gang violence
The South Florida Times, August 8,2008

MIAMI — In an effort to improve the social and economic climate in Jamaica, agencies from the tropical island and the Sunshine State will collaborate to tackle the rampant gang violence in the popular tourists’ paradise.

Jamaican Cops Get Advice from U.S. Colleagues
Miami Herald, August 08, 2008.

Jamaican police officials gleaned law enforcement tips from South Florida authorities as part of a trip aiming to help them curb gang violence on the island.

IICA Saitn Lucia and Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Forestry address food safety in pig production, IICA ECS News, September 2007.

Local Doctor Travels to Guyana to Teach, The Star Newspaper, July 1, 2007.

C.A.R.E. and SLHTA Collaborate to Provide Culinary Workshop, The Voice, May 26, 2007.

Investment Bureau Holds Business-Coaching Course, Cayman Net News, May 7, 2007.

Chief Fire Rescue Officer Commends Search and Rescue Team, ZIZ RADIO and TV News, February 15, 2007.

Crime, violence can aggravate behavioral disorders in children, Jamaica Gleaner Online, May 22, 2006.

Jamaica Turns to CARD FAVACA for Expertise with Autism, USF Department of Child & Family Studies News, May 2006.

Workshops for Honey bee Keepers, St. Vincent Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, January 2006.

CIIB/FAVACA Small Business Workshops, January 25, 2006.

Workshops target small business, Caymanian Compass, January 31, 2006.

Americas Relief Members give recognition to Relief Organizations for humanitarian efforts during 2005 hurricane season, CDERA News Center, December 13, 2005.

Governor Jeb Bush Team to visit Prime Minister Douglas, chamber officials next week - St. Kitts & Nevis GIS, October 2, 2003

NEMO Continues Training of Members - National Emergency Managment Press Release, September 29, 2003

NCSA arming children to fight drugs - September 24, 2003, The Barbados Advocate

Scientist ventures abroad to volunteer- July 28, 2003, Tallahassee Democrat

Alzheimer's seminar well supported - July 18, 2003, Jamaica Gleaner

Haitian exporters look to shelve wares,woes - July 13, 2003, The Miami Hearld

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