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Volunteers to build new Guapo Beach Facility

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Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago, the Point Fortin Borough Corporation, and the energy company Atlantic, have joined forces to mobilise volunteers and resources to build what Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh hopes will become the premier beach facility in Trinidad.

Speaking during the sod turning ceremony at Guapo Beach on Friday, Minister Baksh said, "Today's sod turning ceremony is all about community involvement and partnership. Volunteers from the Guapo, Point Fortin area will join corporate volunteers and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers to build what will become one of the most scenic landmarks in this part of the country."

He added, "Having looked at the graphic projection by Eyescream, and aware of the capabilities of the great organisations involved in this project, I have every confidence that the Guapo Beach facility, when completed, will become the premier beach facility in South Trinidad, and rival venues like Maracas, Manzanilla and even Pigeon Point in Tobago.

Minister Baksh said assistance from his Ministry will come through the Clean and Beautify Trinidad and Tobago (C&B T&T) programme, which now forms part of the portfolio of the Ministry of Community Development.


PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Habitat for Humanity Chairman Chanka Seeterram, Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh, Atlantic CEO Oscar Prieto, Point Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul, and Habitat for Humanity National Director Jennifer Massiah turn the sod at the construction site for a new Guapo Beach Facility in Guapo, Point Fortin on Friday.
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Three groups receive $78,000 from Community Development Ministry

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Three community organizations received funding from the Ministry of Community Development through its Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (CARE) Programme. Cheques totalling $78,000.00 were handed out to the organizations during a short ceremony 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 attended and delivered 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

Each of the organizations made short presentations highlighting the work that they do. The blind cricketers gave a demonstration of how the ten laptops (which are equipped with sound) can be used by visually impaired persons. The Lady Hochoy Home, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, will be the beneficiary of the 5th Millennium Lakes Golf Classic being hosted by Caribbean Swing Promotions this Saturday April 16, 2011 at the Millennium Lakes Golf and Country Club in Trincity. The funds distributed by the Ministry will be used to cover the cost of hosting the tournament.

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.

Its primary objectives are:

 To provide assistance to Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) and individuals with special cases in order for them to initiate action designed to revive and empower their communities.

 To promote a mindset toward development, responsibility and partnership.

Target: Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), non-governmental Organizations
(NGO’s) and individuals with special cases.


Caption: (centre) Minister Baksh and Ms. Susan Corbett, Director of Community Development surrounded by representatives of the three groups which received funding through the Ministry’s CARE Programme.
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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.