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Ministry of Community Development to grant $78,000 to three groups

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Three community organizations will receive funding from the Ministry of Community Development through its Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (CARE) Programme. Cheques totalling $78,000.00 will be handed out to the organizations at the Ministry¡¦s Information, Training and Resource Centre at #1 La Fantasie Road, St. Ann¡¦s on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm.

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend and deliver the feature address, before distributing the cheques, which represent funding for community projects being undertaken by each organization. The breakdown is as follows:

The Trinidad and Tobago Blind and Visually Impaired Cricket Association - $53,000.00 (in computers)
Caribbean Swing Promotions (CSP) in aid of The Lady Hochoy Home - $10,000.00
Friends for the Improvement of Tacarigua - $15,000.00

The CARE Programme was conceptualized and developed by the Community Development Division in 1992 to facilitate the development of several critical community intervention projects to address the basic needs and development aspirations of communities.
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Minister Baksh to keynote new Guapo Beach Habitat Project

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The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, in celebration of the 14th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity in Trinidad and Tobago will keynote a ground-breaking ceremony for a new Guapo beach facility on Friday, April 15, 2011 at Guapo Beach at 10:00 am.

Sponsored by Atlantic LNG, the initiative involves the construction of a beach facility for use by the community and the wider population.

History of the Guapo Project:
The idea for the project originated when Atlantic LNG invited Habitat for Humanity into the Point Fortin area to address housing and community needs, with a view to building a community spirit among residents. The request came from Atlantic, following the relocation of a group of residents to Southern Gardens, due to the construction of major pipelines. One of the key areas of focus for Habitat for Humanity is the alleviation of poverty, which is also an objective of the Ministry of Community Development.

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Training Programme for Community Development Officers underway

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A total of 30 Community Development and Best Village Officers have embarked on a Leadership Development Programme, a collaboration between the Ministry of Community Development and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business of the University of the West Indies. The six-month long series of courses was formally launched at the Yara Auditorium on Max Richards Drive in Mount Hope this morning.

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh delivered the feature address to officially start the inaugural programme of courses which runs until December 6, 2011 (see full speech below).

Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray, in her brief address, stated that the Ministry intends to make the programme an annual one, in partnership with Lok Jack.
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Minister Baksh formally launches Training Programme for Community Development Officers

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the launch of the Leadership Development Programme for Community Development Officers at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business on Wednesday April 6, 2011 at the Yara Auditorium on Max Richards Drive, Mount Hope.

All Protocols observed.

It is with great pleasure that I address this distinguished audience. Today marks a new chapter in the Community Development practice in Trinidad and Tobago as we enter new collaborative training with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. The first major change was in June 2010; when the Division of Community Development separated from the divisions of Culture and Gender Affairs to form the Ministry of Community Development.
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Minister Baksh to attend Aripo Awards in Victoria East

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The County of Victoria East will host its Aripo Awards at the JR&D Convention Centre at 34 St. Cross Road, Princes Town today Tuesday April 5, 2011 from 4.00 pm. Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend and deliver the keynote address at the event, being held in his constituency of Naparima.

Representing Victoria East, Victoria Cooper of the Artistic Dance Theatre (Princes Town) copped the overall title of Miss La Reine Rive 2010, along with victories in the categories of Best Self Expression, Best Talent and Best Costume.

The remaining Best Village winners from Victoria East are as follows:

• 3rd place overall – Megan Waldrond of Sando Cultural Ambassadors

• 4th place overall, 3rd place for Best Talent and winner for Best Make-Up – Kavita Roopchansingh, Tri Murti Dance Company

• Best Creative Freestyle – Tri Murti Dancers
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Training programme to be launched for Community Officers

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The Ministry of Community Development, in collaboration with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, will launch its Leadership Development Programme for Community Officers 2011 on Wednesday April 6, 2011 at the Yara Auditorium, University of the West Indies, Mount Hope from 8:30 am.

Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend and deliver the keynote address.

A total of 30 Community Development Officers will attend the first series of courses in the certification programme, which runs from April through December 2011.
The full schedule is as follows:

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New Committee installed for Financial Assistance Programme

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A new committee has been officially installed to guide the operations of the Financial Assistance (Studies) Programme run by the Ministry of Community Development. Minister of Community Development the Honourable Nizam Baksh delivered instruments of appointment to four of the six members during a short ceremony at 10:30 am on Monday April 4, 2011 at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont.

The committee, consisting of a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, will serve for a period of two years. The full list is as follows:

• Dr. Indira Rampersad (Lecturer) – Chairperson
• Ms. Nadia Salamat-Ali (Lecturer) – Deputy Chairperson
• Ms. Amita Gangar (Finance)
• Ms. Ambica Bissessar (Banker
• Mr. Egwin Daniel (Business)
• Mr. Roger Kawalsingh (Attorney at Law)