Roads, Building and General Services Authority (BRAGSA)

Relief Supplies

“Two (2) months after starting our distribution in the Red and Orange Zones, the Mustique VERF Distribution Team is still going strong and with anticipated relief supplies still coming in, we are dedicated to distributing these supplies directly to those most in need. It has been fulfilling and well worth the effort when our Distribution Team goes into the villages and see first-hand the gratitude of the villagers who feel valued that Mustique is coming directly to them to provide their supplies. Most distribution days, we are reaching 150-250 villagers and Mustique VERF distribution continues to be implemented in a fair, objective and orderly manner and focuses on the most in need, the indigent and the disadvantaged with no discrimination. We have gone to all lengths to get to these people. We have been to villages where the villagers have thanked us profusely saying “God Bless Mustique because everyone else has overlooked us”.

– Dularie Malcolm, MCT Administration Director:

In the past two months, we delivered supplies to 6,010 people and reached 18 villages in the Red and Orange Zones, which are still affected by the ash.

Below is a summary of what has been distributed:

Camping Cot
Camping Cot
Women's Clothing
Clothing donated by Tommy Hilfiger

CAMP MATTRESSES
1,372 Camp Mattresses distributed.

CAMPING COTS
2,016 Camping Cots distributed.

EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES
1,200 Student Educational Packages to children between 2-12 years old.
180 Educational Game Packs to teenagers 13-17 years old.
23 School Stationary Packs to 11 Secondary Schools and 12 Primary Schools.

LA BOTTEGA TOILETRIES
4,521 bags of toiletries distributed with just over 500 bags remaining. We have also provided bags of toiletries to road workers, utility workers and police officers in the Red and Orange Zones.

BOOTS UK DONATION OF HAND WASH & SANITISERS
Boots UK has donated 4 pallets of Hand Wash and Sanitisers which is hopefully scheduled to ship in the first half of August 2021. Once received, the Mustique VERF Distribution team will deliver supplies to 30-35 Health Clinics throughout St Vincent.

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Argyle International Airport

Heavy Duty Cleaning Supplies

With a major clean up required especially in the Red and Orange Zones after the volcanic eruptions, the UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust approved funding of a Heavy Duty Cleaning Equipment initiative. The following equipment has been procured to help selected organisations with national and community clean up:

  • 60 Water Pumps 7.0 HP with suction and lay flat hoses
  • 26 Single Phase Diesel Generators
  • 26 Tripod Site Light
  • 20 High Pressure Washers
  • 20 High Pressure Washers
  • 16 Wet & Dry Industrial Vacuums

Stickers displaying “Donated by UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust” were applied to the equipment. Residents are still awaiting the “All Clear” to return to the Red Zones on a full time basis. However, Roads, Building and General Services Authority (BRAGSA) in conjunction with National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) moved from the Orange zones to begin the major clean up in the Red Zones around mid-July.

Argyle International Airport
Argyle International Airport

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CW Prescod Primary School

Shower Facilities, Laundry Sinks and Water Tank Storage Platforms in 12 Schools

Mustique VERF is currently collaborating with the Roads, Building & General Services Authority (BRAGSA), to construct Shower Facilities with Wash Sink and Water Tank Storage Platform at 12 Schools that are used as evacuation centres. The schools were selected due to their large evacuee capacity and also their large student population that mostly come from low income homes.

The intention is to provide the facilities for the convenience of evacuees and also for the students upon their return to schools. On Tuesday 27th July 2021, MCTs Administration Director visited the sites of five (5) of the 12 Shower Facilities currently under construction. In spite of delays caused by weather and supply of materials, construction of the facilities have progressed well. A bonus of this project is that each site employs a team of 3-4 men who are grateful for the opportunity to work on the project. These first five sites are scheduled to be completed in the next 1-2 weeks. The following 7 sites are due to be completed in the next four months.

CW Prescod Primary School
CW Prescod Primary School

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Farmers' Tool Kits

One of the communities that has been hardest hit by the volcano is the farming community. Following discussion with local farmers, it was decided that tools are the most critical items required at the moment. MCT has designed and procured a tool kit, a collection of the key items identified by the farmers and between now and the end of the year will distribute these Farmers Tool Kits to 750 farmers from the Red and Orange zones. The tools have all been sourced and the first delivery is expected at the end of August.

Phase Two of our support will take many months and it is not too late to donate (details below) to help those in need rebuild their lives. We have received thanks and recognition for the work to date and may we thank you all again for your continued support.

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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

St. Benedict Day Nursery & Children’s Home - pool

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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.

UKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental ProgrammeUKFMCT 2020 Youth Environmental Programme
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

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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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