Drama Making A Difference
Drama Making A Difference based in Trinidad and Tobago was founded in 2007. D’MAD strives to initiate change towards the building of a better Trinidad and Tobago. With this sub-grant, D’MAD promoted multi-sector collaboration, which contributed to the development of technically sound policy affecting the alternative care of children without parental care, through the establishment and operation of a network of civil society organisation. Furthermore, they initiated advocacy-based options that encouraged public support for the system of family-based care.
Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago
Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago is committed to making decent shelter a matter of social conscience and national action since 1997. As such, their project sought to empower persons facing discrimination in Trinidad and Tobago (persons with disabilities, persons living with HIV/AIDs, and Lesbian, Gays, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) persons) by improving their access to land and affordable shelter.
Jabez House was founded in 2012 after engagement and dialogue with female sex workers in Barbados who expressed a desire to have a programme which allowed them to ‘go back to school’ and address other areas of concerns rather than just HIV and testing. Jabez House used this subgrant to fight stigma and discrimination experienced by female sex workers while facilitating their access to economic empowerment opportunities.
Living Water Community
Living Water Community was officially declared a charitable organisation in 1983. The aim of this NGO is to “Love and Show the world how to love” in Trinidad and Tobago and across the region. Their project aimed to ensure that asylum-seekers and refugees were able effectively to contribute to, and participate in decision-making processes that affected their lives and that their self-protection capabilities were nurtured. Additionally, Living Water Community sought to build the capacity for and foster partnerships between civil society stakeholders and states in the Caribbean to effectively advocate for and protect refugees.
National Centre for Persons with Disabilities
National Centre for Persons with Disabilities was founded in the 1950s in Trinidad and Tobago, and today it serves 250 trainees, with physical, visual, development and learning disabilities and hearing and speech impairments who are between the ages of 14 to 45 years. With this subgrant, they created awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) among the disability community (inclusive of parents, guardians, caregivers, social workers, special education teachers, varying clinical support personnel). The project sough to get the voices of the disability community to lobby on behalf of themselves to encourage the government to move beyond ratification of the UNCRPD and to work towards its implementation.
Productive Organisation for Women in Action
Productive Organisation for Women in Action is a community-based organisation in Dangriga, Belize that began in 2003 with the focus of providing support for women living in abusive relationships. With the aid provided through this sub-grant, POWA developed and advocated for Human Rights and Gender-Based Violence through the training of women and youth groups in Southern Belize focusing on indigenous marginalised communities. Through the strengthening of women and youth knowledge of human rights, gender-based violence and advocacy. It is envisioned that these groups will then have the capacity to train others, and develop and support networks to address ongoing issues such as inadequate service for survivors of gender-based violence and other violations of human rights.
Portmore Self-help Disability Organisation
Portmore Self-help Disability Organisation is a registered non-profit charitable body which was founded in 2008, to improve the quality of lives for persons living with disabilities in Portmore, the wider St. Catherine and Jamaica. Through their subgrant, they sought to empower persons with disabilities (PWDs) to live a full and normal life by providing access to information about the rights, responsibilities and entitlements (services) that are available through various governmental and non-governmental to PWDs, locally, regionally and internationally. In addition, they advocated for adequate infrastructure towards greater accessibility for PWDs and to improve communication between PWDs and parents, guardians, caregivers and general stakeholders.
Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM)
Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) was formed by the Maya and Garifuna communities in southern Belize after they discovered that the government had turned their ancestral lands into a park and planned to drill for oil without their knowledge or consent. They formed the organisation to serve as their intermediary to negotiate with the government on a park co-management agreement. With this sub-grant, SATIIM was able to strengthen the voice of Mayan communities in Belize to advocate and lobby to codify their customary resource management into a Maya Forest Act.