The USAID-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions project hosted a number of capacity development workshops and organizational assessments as part of its project activities. These areas include: Advocacy, Proposal Writing, Leadership, NGO Management and Financial Management to name a few. Below is a list of success stories which showcase the various beneficiaries of this project.

Barry Lovelace – Environment Tobago

Environment Tobago is an environmental nongovernmental organization (NGO), established in 1999 and registered under the Trinidad and Tobago Companies Act of 1995. As a proactive advocacy group, Environment Tobago rallies the public to engage in environmental stewardship, conservation, and sustainable development. The organization has over 100 registered members, managed by an elected board of directors, three salaried staff members, one on-the-job trainee expected to join the team soon, and occasional volunteers. Most of its fieldwork is accomplished by volunteers and members.

Arnaldo James – I Am One

I Am One is an organization that helps provide education, safe spaces, and expressive platforms to help empower the marginalized lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (or allies) (LGBTQIA) community in Trinidad and Tobago. Since 2015, I Am One has worked tirelessly to support the LGBTQIA community via many outreach efforts and interventions. Despite the organization’s efforts, its capacity has fluctuated over the years. During 2018, it was apparent to the organization’s leaders that the sustainability of I Am One was at a crossroads and that they were in dire need of guidance.

Felicia Dujon – Caribbean Mentorship Institute.

Starting July 10, 2018, USAID Local Capacity for Local Solutions and the Caribbean Policy Development Centre in Barbados led a week-long advocacy workshop in Guyana. Geared toward regional nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), its purpose was to share technical skills and practical training on key advocacy principles. The workshop covered proposal writing, policy development, media engagement, finance, and research. The NGOs selected to attend encompassed a diverse set of mandates comprising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues; HIV/AIDS; the environment; and youth and citizen security.

Naeemah Hazelle – Advancement for Children Foundation

Now in its 10th year as a registered nonprofit, the Advancement for Children Foundation (ACF) of St. Kitts & Nevis has served as a grantmaking organization and has supported the projects of community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). These projects are addressing challenges in the following three areas: social protection, opportunities and diversionary programs, and skills training for empowerment and employment. All along, ACF has had well-intentioned goals, an organized governance structure, and local funding. However, ACF lacked the capacity to remain sustainable. The organization’s leaders knew that ACF needed make some changes, but they were uncertain how to proceed.

Sheddona Richards – Caribbean Youth Environment Network

In June 2018, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) project sponsored a scholarship for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to enroll in an NGO Management course (offered by the University of West Indies Open Campus) for leaders of organizations in the region. Among the attendees was Ms. Sheddona Richards, who has been a volunteer for several years with the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) organization in Grenada.