St. Benedict Day Nursery & Children’s Home

Furniture, Online Home Schooling, Inflatable Pools and Kitchen Wares brings joy and comfort to the children

In 2020, the Mustique Charitable Trust provided additional assistance to the home in way of furniture, online home schooling, inflatable pools and new pots for the kitchen. This was all done to increase the comfort and care for the children at the home.

Two (2) dining sets with seating for 18 persons and a toddler dining set with seating for six (6) children were provided. This now enables the children to be comfortably seated together for their meals and they can enjoy dining together for those special occassions like Christmas, Easter and birthdays. Some new pots were also keenly welcomed by the kitchen staff who are passionate about preparing tasty and nutritious meals for the children.

Classroom furniture was provided in way of 2 large study tables and 10 chairs, cupboards for books and learning resources and two (2) mounted blackboards. In addition to this, MCT funded a desktop computer system with the ABC Mouse online learning programme. This now enables the in-house staff teacher to have classroom setting for the home schooling of the eight (8) children who are unable to attend public schools. Uniforms were provided for the children and each day they are excited to have the opportunity to get dressed and attend home school classes just like the other kids.

The Trust also funded three (3) inflatable swimming pools which are a favorite of the children especially the physically challenged. Previously the home used a small open water barrel which accomodated one child at a time. These three (3) pools now provide spacing for all the kids to enjoy pool time together. The bonus is that the pools are not only used for playtime but are also used by the Certified Physiotherapist in his hydrotherapy sessions.

The Mustique Charitable Trust also continues to fund its Annual Grant which covers monthly groceries & toiletries, staff stipends, counselling and physiotherapy. We are elated that Sister Nyra was able to engage the services of a certified Counsellor and a certified Physiotherapist in November 2020. Sister Nyra has reported that both professionals are having positive results with the children.

These children are each unique in their own special way and The Mustique Charitable Trust is honored to contribute to making their lives more meaningful, comfortable and enjoyable

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Mustique Charitable Trust book programme

3,774 Students & 256 Teachers receive Mathematics, Language Arts and HFLE Textbooks & Workbooks

3,774 Students & 256 Teachers from 65 Primary Schools and 5 Special Needs Schools received core Textbooks and Workbooks from the Mustique Charitable Trust in response to COVID-19

August – October 2020

In a mainly tourism-oriented country, COVID-19 had a significant financial impact across most sectors in St Vincent & the Grenadines. Added to this issue, a major drought period occurred a few months earlier in the year with reported cases of farmers losing their entire crops. As a result, many parents and guardians lost their regular or expected cash flow designated for their children’s educational expenses. The strain was more so for the low income, poverty-stricken bracket of our society who were struggling to purchase even the required schoolbooks.

In light of this, the Mustique Charitable Trust took the initiative to undertake a major project to supply the Textbooks and Workbooks to Primary School students. The books were provided as a set, which consisted of the Textbooks and Workbooks for Mathematics, English Language and Health & Family Life Education.

Mustique Charitable Trust book programme

The selection process, carried out by a committee from each school, identified the “most in need” students from Grade K to Grade 6, who came from disadvantaged families affected by lost jobs or reduced income due to COVID-19 especially farmers, fishermen, street vendors and those in tourism.

The books were procured through a major local bookstore and a team of 12 unemployed young technical institute/college graduates were engaged to assist with the distribution of the books. This group really impressed with their professionalism and customer service. Parents were treated with dignity and respect and directed in an orderly manner regarding collection of their books. Disposable masks and hand sanitisers were provided on entry and social distancing protocol were observed. All parents/guardians provided identification and signed the student distribution list upon receipt of their books.

This project ensured that the selected “most in need” students were entering the school year with their required core books. Books were also provided to teachers as much needed Teachers Resources. At the end of the project, 3,774 students, 30% of the Primary School population, and 256 Primary School Teachers received full sets of books, with 18,424 books being distributed across 65 Primary Schools and 5 Special Needs Schools.It is hoped that the Principal and staff will retrieve the textbooks at the end of the school year to sustain an internal book Programme.

Although a challenging project requiring tremendous time and effort, the successful execution, monitoring and control of this project impacted the lives of thousands of less fortunate children who were provided with the necessary resources for an equal opportunity at a successful education.

Mustique Charitable Trust to the RescueRead the article in the Kingstown Searchlight

Mustique Charitable Trust book programme

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Mustique Charitable Trusts masks

5,500 Reusable Face Masks distributed in response to COVID-19 health protocols for Schools

5,500 Reusable Face Masks distributed in response to COVID-19 health protocols for Schools

August – October 2020

Mustique Charitable Trusts masks

In May 2020, the Board of Trustees of the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) approved a project for 5,500 reusable fabric face masks to be provided mainly to students in need. This was in response to the health protocols for COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health, which stipulated that students would be required to wear face masks when the school year began in September 2020.

Mustique Charitable Trusts masks
Mustique Charitable Trusts masks

The project was initiated during the lockdown period when most borders were closed and shipping logistics were challenging. As such, the face masks were 100% locally made, printed and packaged. MCT Office coordinated and oversaw the production, printing, packaging and distribution of these masks. A local face mask manufacturer was engaged who hired several seamstresses and tailors across St. Vincent & the Grenadines and even included some prison inmates. Two small local printing companies were engaged to print logos on the masks and MCT hired a small project team to package the masks. As such, the project provided a source of income for all involved during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Mustique Charitable Trusts masks
Mustique Charitable Trusts masks

A little over 4,000 face masks were distributed to the Primary School students and teachers during the Mustique Charitable Trust Book Programme where a face mask was included in every bag with the books. A further 600 masks was distributed to the 11 Secondary Schools with MCT School Meal Programme and Mustique Island was provided with 600 masks. The remaining masks were to be distributed to other MCT Grantees such as the children homes and Richmond Vale Academy.

Mustique Charitable Trusts masks
Mustique Charitable Trusts masks

Considering the limited resources available during COVID-19 lockdown period, all parties who contributed to the final product must be commended for their efforts. The majority of the finish product were of quality standard and the masks were completed and distributed to the students in time for the new school year.

Mustique Charitable Trust to the RescueRead the article in the Kingstown Searchlight

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UKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental Programme

12 Young Vincentians trained in Environmental, Ecological Farming and Climate Change Education

The UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust funded the Environmental Education Programme once again in 2020. This is the fifth year that the UKFMCT has collaborated with the Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) who successfully administered the fourteen-day workshop. The programme focused on training 12 young Vincentians on environmental protection, ecological farming and climate change education.

The objective was to bring about awareness to Vincentian youths about the impact of climate change and relevant adaptation techniques, increase the capacity of the local community to withstand the effects of climate change and environmental events and to improve nutritional and health outcomes.

UKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental Programme
UKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental Programme

The workshop included in-classroom theoretical training and practical hands on training at the RVA Climate Centre and Sustainable Farm along with major environmental site visits such as La Soufriere Volcano, Dark View Falls, Vermont Bamboo Eco Tourism Site and Chatoyer Garden.

One of the major focus areas in this year’s programme was “How to make a sustainable backyard garden” which was well received by the participants. The hope is this focus area will train participants to grow their own food for self-sustainability and possible income and to incorporate a healthy diet.

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UKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental Programme
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UWI Bursary Awards 2020

UWI Bursary Awards 2020

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UWI Bursary Awards 2020

Mustique Charitable Trust awards Three (3) Bursaries at the University of West Indies Open Campus for 2020-2021 Academic Year

A decade later after its inception in 2010, the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) continues its Bursary Award Program at the University of West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) with the following three (3) bursaries awarded for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:

• Corina Arrindell Bachelor of Science: Psychology with minor in Human Resources

Corina Arrindell

Bachelor of Science: Psychology with minor in Human Resources

Akeil Matthews, Bachelor of Science: Management Studies

Akeil Matthews

Bachelor of Science: Management Studies

Kennica Thompson, Bachelor of Science: Social Work

Kennica Thompson

Bachelor of Science: Social Work

This brings it to 35 Bursaries awarded since the inception of the MCT Bursary Award Programme in 2010 with 19 Graduated Awardees thus far receiving 8 First Class Degrees, 4 Upper Second Degree, 6 Lower Second Degrees and 1 Certificate.

This year, the recipients includes a young single mother pursuing Psychology whose concern is the abuse of children and teens, a young teacher from a rural school pursuing Social Work to help troubled teens and the disadvantaged and a young entrepreneur pursuing Management Studies to aid in his enterprising dreams.

A Handover Ceremony took place on Friday 2nd October 2020, where the laptops, which form part of the bursary, were presented to the Bursary Recipients. During brief remarks, Deborah Dalrymple (UWIOC Head of Site) thanked the Mustique Charitable Trust for their support over the last decade and highlighted that the MCT Bursaries are one of the most substantial bursaries at the UWI Open Campus. While Dularie Malcolm (MCT Administration Director) thanked UWIOC for their dedication and input towards the selection process and the Bursary Programme. She commended the Awardees and confirmed that they were each well deserving of the Bursary.

Akeil Matthews closed off with a “Thank You Speech” on behalf of all the recipients where he conveyed deep gratitude to The Mustique Charitable Trust for the opportunity afforded to them and promised to give their best efforts in honour of their awards.

Akeil Matthews, Bachelor of Science: Management Studies

MCT offers assistance to three UWI studentsRead the article

Bursaries for three Open Campus StudentsRead the article

Mustique Charitable Trust Announces its 2020/21 UWI Open Campus Bursary AwardeesRead the article on ANN

Mustique Charitable Trust awards Four Bursaries at the UWI Open CampusRead the article on News 784

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15,000 Lunches to Fifth Form Students in Response to COVID-19

15,000 Lunches to Fifth Form Students in Response to COVID-19

Mustique Charitable Trust Provides 15,000 Lunches to Fifth Form Students in Response to COVID-19

Fifth Form students returned to school on Monday 25th May 2020 to resume classes in preparation for their CSEC/CXC Examinations. In response to this and as one of their COVID-19 response project, the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) has come forth to provide lunches to Fifth Form students in need.

A letter was officially presented by Dularie Malcolm (MCT Administration Director) to the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information (MOE) represented by St. Clair Jimmy Prince (Minister), Myccle Burke (Permanent Secretary of MOE) and  Dixton Findlay (Deputy Chief Education Officer).

The letter advised the Ministry of the initiative taken by the Mustique Charitable Trust in supplying daily lunches for fifth form students in need at 26 Secondary Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines over the almost 5-week period for Term 3. The program is in response to the current COVID-19 issue and aims to provide daily lunches to approximately 40% of the Fifth Form student body. At the end of the period, a total of 15,000 nutritious lunches would be provided by the Mustique Charitable Trust.

At the presentation, the Minister commended and thanked the Trust on their initiative which showed their care for the students and advised that it was greatly needed at this time. In her speech, MCT Administration Director thanked all the Principals, Staff and Lunch Providers of the 26 Secondary Schools for their assistance in implementing the program. She also noted that an additional benefit of the program will be to generate some income for the lunch providers during this time.

MCT Active During CovidRead the article in “The Vincentian”

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COVID-19 Response Project – Rapid Test Kits

8,000 COVID-19 Test Kits Donated to Ministry of Health

Mustique Charitable Trust Donates 8,000 COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment; to Combat COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Project – Rapid Test Kits

The testing capacity for COVID-19 in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was boosted by the donation of 8,000 Rapid Test Kits from the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment (MOH).

The Handover Ceremony took place on Tuesday 19th May 2020 where Dularie Malcolm (MCT Administration Director) presented the eight (8) boxes of test kits along with a letter to Luke Browne (Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment). Cuthbert Knights (Permanent Secretary of MOH) and Elliot Samuel (Chief Laboratory Technologist) were also present at the handover of the test kits.

COVID-19 Response Project – Rapid Test Kits
COVID-19 Response Project – Rapid Test Kits

The Minister stated that the Ministry was very grateful for this donation which would go a long way in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. He indicated that the test kits would play a vital role in the monitoring and control of COVID-19 which forms a part of the Ministry’s strategy in dealing with the current pandemic.

MCT Administration Director conveyed that two fund raising events had already taken place since the onset of COVID-19, which is a reflection of Mustique’s care and concern for the people of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. She further added that the purchase of the kits was made possible by the donations from Mustique Homeowners, Guests & Friends of Mustique and the entire Mustique Community.

Mustique Donates Covid-19 Test Kits to Ministry of HealthRead the article on “Searchlight”

Ministry of Health received 8,000 Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits from Mustique Charitable TrustRead the article on “News 784”

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Marco Sodi Swim around Mustique for Covid-19

Marco Sodi's Swim around Mustique for Covid-19

Fundraising for The Mustique Charitable Trusts

“Thank you so much for all of the donations, they will make an enormous difference for St Vincents Covid-19 response. We have reached the target and even gone beyond! For those who are interested in an account of the swim, continue reading below.

I set out from the cotton house dock at 6am, joined by Katie Channon who bravely joined for the first leg and was planning on swimming in at L’Ansecoy. We started off with very calm waters, but as we turned the corner to Point Lookout the wind picked up significantly. The strong current and choppy waters we encountered there were the first of many challenges we would face! After trying to swim in to L’Ansecoy, with large swells and a current Katie decided to hop on the support boat to join Nadia and Joey. I had to stay close to the coast line to avoid the very strong currents until North Point. The swell was large with waves reaching between 6 and 10 feet, making it more challenging for the security boat to navigate. The thick sargassum seaweed made the next 1hr 30m very difficult to get through. Seeing my wife Ariane, Doctor Bunbury, Lotty and Marie France follow me by land was great. I also had three little silver fish start to follow me around North Point, and they stuck with me just under my belly for the rest of the entire swim.

Crossing Rutland Bay and Lime Kiln Bay was like swimming in a washing machine, the waters were very confused and choppy. Just off the Macaroni reef I spotted two large Barracudas who joined me for about 20 mins as I headed towards Rabbit Island. I was cramping quite a lot and my body was starting to feel the effects of the strong currents and large swells. As I was approaching Gun Hill Joey jumped in to join me which really lifted my tired spirits, the company was very welcomed indeed. As soon as we passed South Point, the waters changed quickly and suddenly the waves were on our side, pushing us gently past Obsidian Bay and towards Gelliceaux. After 5 hours supporting the Swim Katie got off the boat and safely swam into Gelliceaux. At Lagoon, 6 other swimmers joined for the last leg (1hr 30min) as I made the home run. The waters were very calm and a lovely change from the previous 5 hours of swimming. We came across, numerous turtles, rays and the wonderful coral formations along Brittania Bay passing Basil’s Bar (and all the while the three little fishies were still with me!) I got to the cotton house dock 7 hours after we had set off and was greeted with a much deserved cold Hairoun. Thanks to the wonderful Cuthbert Creese and Menilek Kirby for supporting me along the way and ensuring we were all safe.”

– Marco Sodi

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Marco Sodi Swim around Mustique for Covid-19
Marco Sodi Swim around Mustique for Covid-19

On May 1st, starting at the Cotton House beach, Marco will be leading a swim around Mustique island. It is a 17km swim, which we expect to take around 6 and a half hours. Marco will complete the whole swim and will have many individuals join him for different sections of the island.

The impact of Coronavirus to the Vincentian national health system and the knock-on effect to the tourist industry and economy will be dramatic. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and will be used in the first instance to help provide medical equipment, including masks and testing equipment for the wider St Vincent and the Grenadines community.


Re-Opening of North Union Secondary School Library

The Re-Opening Ceremony of the refurbished library of the North Union Secondary School took place on Tuesday 17th March 2020. The Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) provided a Grant to assist with the library’s refurbishment, which included locally made wooden chairs, a Jolly Phonics Kit, standing fans, curtains, a clock and a wall mural.

The ceremony also included twelve students trained as Librarians proudly receiving badges and a poem done by one of the student librarians, the performance was very indicative of the very talented and innovative students that are at the school and it served as reassurance that access to the new library will only take these students to greater achievements.

During their remarks, Mr. Ramsamooj (Vice Principal-North Union Secondary School), Mrs. Enna Bullock (Hands across the Sea Literacy Link) and the Head of the Literacy Department at the school, all conveyed their gratitude for the contribution made by the MCT. It was especially requested that their gratitude by conveyed to the Trustees.

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Brighton Methodist School Library Refurbishment

Brighton Methodist School re-opened its refurbished library on Tuesday 4th February 2020. The UK Friends of Mustique Charitable Trust (UKF) approved a Grant to assist with the library furnishings, which included locally made wooden tables & chairs and a wall mural.

A dance and drumming was performed by a group of students and 12 trained Student Librarians proudly received their badges at the ceremony. During the viewing, the students were very excited to have access to the new library and we hope it will help them to achieve greater things.

Brighton Methodist School re-opens their fully refurbished library

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Mrs. Bernadette Latchman (the Principal) and Ms. Yvette Pompey (Hands across the Seas Literacy Link) conveyed their gratitude to UKF and its Trustees for their contribution to making the library a success.

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