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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Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra

Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra – 24th Annual Summer Training Programme

Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra
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Participants learnt the history of steel pan, the art & skill of playing the pan and an introduction to reading and writing music. They also engaged in capacity building activities and educational and cultural trips where they visited sites such as La Soufriere Volcano, Geothermal Plant and Bequia.

37 children and teenagers ranging from 6 -15 years of age completed the programme and received their Certificate of Participation. The group was very eager to display what they had learnt during their training and performed three (3) songs at the Graduation Ceremony. The audience was pleasantly surprised by the level of their performance, which they acquired during just the six weeks in the summer.

It was apparent that the participants enjoyed the programme, which kept them engaged educationally and culturally during six weeks of their summer holidays.

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ASCOL - North Leeward Zone

Literacy Workshops for Teachers

ASCOL - North Leeward Zone
ASCOL - North Leeward Zone

UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust collaborated with Ascoll Institute of Learning to offer Literacy Workshops to 130 teachers in St. Vincent & the Grenadines during Summer 2019. Four 3-days workshops were held in the following zones: North Leeward, South Leeward, North Windward and South Windward.

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The workshops introduced teachers to the Interactive model, Phonics Based Approach to reading, synthetic approach, segmentation, syllabication, word rules, exceptions to the rules, phonetic symbols, letter sounds and their variations, conducting the informal reading inventory diagnostic test and reading intervention plan to the teaching of reading.

The intent was to bring about meaningful change with respect to teachers’ pedagogical skills in reading so they can meaningfully improve their students’ ability to read.

The teachers were impressed by the content of the workshop and were eager to return to school to impart the skills and techniques learnt at the workshops to their students.

With 130 participating teachers and an average of 35 students per teacher, means at least 4,500 students will benefit from the training provided by these workshops.

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UWI Bursary Awards 2019

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Mustique Charitable Trust awards Four Bursaries at the University of West Indies Open Campus for 2019–2020 Academic Year

The Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT) initiated its Bursary Award Programme at the University of the West Indies Open Campus (St. Vincent) back in 2010. The MCT Bursary provides each recipient with 60% of their academic fees along with a laptop.

The following four well deserving students were announced as the MCT Bursary Recipients for the 2019-2020 Academic Year:

  • Natalia Gill – Bachelor of Science: Management Studies-Tourism & Hospitality
  • Araya Horne – Bachelor of Science: International Management
  • Zaphia Joseph – Bachelor of Science: Management Studies-Tourism & Hospitality
  • Ashené Peters – Bachelor of Science: Social Work

The Awards Ceremony was held on Saturday 9th November, 2019. Deborah Dalrymple and Camille Lakhram of UWI Open Campus thanked The Mustique Charitable Trust for their significant contribution towards the academic endeavours of the selected students. Dularie Malcolm of The Mustique Charitable Trust thanked Mrs. Dalrymple, Mrs. Lakhram and UWI Open Campus for their support and dedication to the programme. She also reinforced to the bursary recipients to utilise the support program at UWI Open Campus when they face challenges.

Ikarmola LaBorde, former UWI Open Campus Graduate, Valedictorian and current Entrepreneur, was the featured speaker whose speech was very relevant and relatable to the recipients as she focused on time management and overcoming challenges. Since 2010, MCT has awarded 3-4 Bursaries each year with 17 MCT Bursary recipients having graduated thus far and receiving seven First Class Degrees, three Upper Second Degrees, six Lower Second Degrees and one Certificate. In addition, there are currently 14 MCT Bursary recipients pursuing studies at UWI Open Campus (St. Vincent).

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

Mustique Charitable Trust awards Four Bursaries at the UWI Open Campus StudentsRead the article on ANN

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Mustique Craft Fair 2019

Craft Fair – 2019

Mustique Craft Fair 2019
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Since 2016, UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust has been funding the Mustique Craft Fairs which takes place at Easter and summertime. The Craft Fairs afford the local street vendors, artisans and entrepreneurs of St. Vincent & the Grenadines the opportunity to display their crafts and goods to Homeowners, Guests and locals on Mustique.

Like all other years, 2019 Calendar included the Easter and Summer Craft Fairs. However, the Summer 2019 Craft Fair drew the crowd and for good reasons. Cotton House was gracious enough to accommodate the Summer Craft Fair which took place for the first time on the lawn in front its Beach Bar. The numerous white tents arranged on the crisp green lawn drew much attention. Vendors arrived early to set up their displays and by mid-morning, the Craft Fair was in full swing.

Mustique Craft Fair 2019
Mustique Craft Fair 2019

The Summer Craft Fair hosted 41 vendors, artisans and entrepreneurs who offered a wide range of goods including handmade soaps & body creams, local fruit wines, air-dried fruits & vegetables, leather slippers & sandals, recycled jewellery, vetiver grass products, bamboo products and much more.

A few young artistes performed at a mini concert held at mid-afternoon, which provided entertainment for shoppers as they peruse the goods offered at the Craft Fair.

The Craft Fair was abuzz with shoppers, many of whom gave positive feedback regarding the new location and layout on the Cotton House lawn. Vendors were also pleased with the new layout and location and most indicated that they received good patronage from the shoppers.

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Environmental Project Richmond Vale Academy, 2019

Richmond Vale Academy – Environmental Education 2019 Summer Camp

RVA Summer Camp 2019

For the fourth year, UK Friends of the Mustique Charitable Trust funded an Environmental, Climate Change & Biodiversity Education Summer Camp, which took place over a two-week period with camp members arriving at the Richmond Vale Academy on Sunday 21st July, 2019 and departing on Sunday 3rd August, 2019.

Theoretical and practical training on creating a sustainable backyard garden was added to the programme this year. The teenagers were educated on growing their own healthy organic foods and maintaining healthy diets. They visited various environments in St. Vincent and educated on the importance of protecting and conserving these environments.

RVA Summer Camp 2019

Graduation Ceremony took place on Saturday 3rd August, 2019 and diplomas for completed studies and planting action were presented to the fourteen (14) participants. Several of the participants expressed that it was a very interesting and learning experience and some participants even wanted to stay longer.

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