GrenVet Island Veterinary Services (GrenVet) began as a veterinary student’s (Heather Douglas, St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2006) love of Grenada and dream of giving back to the island by providing affordable veterinary care to Grenadian animal owners. This led to GrenVet being an MBA capstone project by Dr. Heather Douglas in 2011. In 2012, GrenVet, though not yet 501(c)3, hosted its first FREE veterinary clinic, and TODAY GrenVet is a 501(c)3 non-profit fulfilling Dr. Douglas’ dream of giving back.
In 2016, Dr. Douglas created the Youth Technology Improvement Program (YTIP) which gives back by empowering and educating Grenadian youth through computer technology. YTIP was born from a request to use St. David’s Catholic Secondary School’s athletic field for a veterinary clinic. When visiting the school, Dr. Douglas noticed a computer lab with just 5 outdated computers and equipment. When she inquired about the computer lab, the principal said St. David’s could not afford new computers. This inspired Dr. Douglas to further give back. In 2016 YTIP supplied St. David’s with 25 computers, 1 projector, and 1 printer at NO COST to the school. Since 2016, YTIP has raised funds for benefitting primary and secondary schools in Grenada. This has immediately empowered Grenadian youth to search for answers beyond their books, increase their educational prospects, open their access to the world, and, consequently, made a positive investment in the future of Grenada.
Grenada is a Caribbean island approximately 100 miles north of Venezuela and approximately 533 miles south of Puerto Rico. When addressing the limited technological resources in Grenada schools, one must remember that 32% of the population of Grenada is poor, while 13% are “extremely poor”; further, 66% of Grenadians under the age of 21 are impoverished, with 39% being primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (ages 12-16) school age or younger. Poverty and schools’ lack of funds to purchase computer equipment are the leading causes of limited and obsolete teaching resources that rob underprivileged children of the educational benefits that having computer access could bring. Of the 112,523 people in Grenada, 22,100 are primary school students and about 6300 are enrolled in secondary schools. Poverty is denying teachers effective curriculums and teaching aids that are available with updated technology.
Many schools in Grenada have a computer lab, however, they cannot afford computers; consequently, the room remains empty, hoping. by enhancing students’ ability to take exams, research assignments, search the world for answers, and strengthen their computer literacy. Grenadian teachers do an outstanding job challenging students and encouraging excellence with resources that are frequently outdated.
Teachers can only imagine what and how well they could teach with access to updated educational systems and resources that engage students as they learn. Computer access would help students study for the “Common Entrance Exam”, which is strictly online, extremely competitive, and required for primary students to enter secondary school.
The Youth Technology Improvement Program is investing in Grenada’s future by providing better
access to higher education, increasing computer literacy in primary and secondary schools, and supplying better technology to schools without fear of debt. The pandemic has made it even more urgent for schools to have computers for distance learning. Even before the pandemic, students without computer access risked being left behind in the fast-paced internet world. Poverty remains the greatest hurdle to better technology.
The Youth Technology Improvement Program (YTIP) addresses the difficulties by supplying, programming, and installing 20 computers, 1 printer and 1 projector all FREE OF CHARGE to each school.The internet allows teachers to introduce students to unlimited information in Grenada and worldwide. Computers represent a The computers are an investment in Grenada’s future entrepreneurs, doctors, and workforce. Empowering youth development is an investment in the world. Updated technology empowers students to discover a world of knowledge at their fingertips. Grenadian students can realize their dreams in Grenada and beyond her borders.
Dr. Douglas looks forward to installing every computer lab. “Grenada is my home away from home! I feel so much love from the people of Grenada, so with love I will use my knowledge and resources to return the love by giving back with YTIP and however I can.” personally thanked “Sister Douglas” for her contributions to the schools, students, and Grenada’s future. Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director of Belmont Estate raves about GrenVet and YTIP’s outstanding contributions to Grenada, whether it is FREE vaccine clinics for animal owners or investing in Grenada’s youth with computer labs. “Dr. Douglas is making a positive impact on the educational future of Grenada’s youth.”
Starting in 2021, YTIP and Dr. Douglas will sponsor Virtual Career Summits every two months for 6 months after the computer lab installation. YTIP will continue to create ways to connect Grenadian students and teachers to a digital world full of educational tools such as digital books, teaching tools, educational games, and virtual learning that will empower students and administrators to reach further. The Summits will feature guest speakers on career topics selected by the students. After each computer lab installation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is held with students, teachers, and administrators to celebrate the new technology.
With your help, we can continue to make technology available to the youth of Grenada, expanding their horizons and career choices internationally.