We have received a Matching Grant and are looking for $5000 in donations (which will be matched) by 12/31/19.
What is the St. Vincent Initiative?
We volunteer time to train local community members and professionals in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
SVG is the third poorest country in the Caribbean. 48% of the population lives on USD $2.72 per day. Many children are abandoned or abused and live in orphanages. Many more are traumatized due to multiple impacts.
There is one psychologist in the entire country.
There are too few counselors to meet the needs of the children, and systems are overloaded.
The Catholic Church is the leading NGO (non-government organization) providing social services in SVG. We were asked to help – namely, Jerry has been called and is building a team – by Bishop Gerard County of the Kingstown Diocese in SVG, which is the sister (or twin) diocese to the Diocese of Duluth, MN.
We believe that training local community members and professionals will make a long-term impact. Our philosophy is alike the saying, "give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime."
We've conducted a needs assessment with local leaders (2017). We have developed a plan to provide three layers of training for mentoring children and adolescents
We will hold the Kinship Mentor Training in February 2020. David and Karen Downing of Kinship Partners have volunteered to do this. We need transportation expenses.
We will have two people attend the Stephen Ministry Leadership Training. Jerry will attend with Collin Jackson, the local SVG coordinator for our mentoring programs. These are volunteer positions, but transportation, fees, and tuition are needed.
For more information on past accomplishments, see our webpage: https://cedarbrook.us/index.php/what-is-it