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Aug 26, 2020

Taking Steps Forward for Our Children during COVID

Efforts to continue to restore and support children’s programs after Hurricane Irma continue, but progress has obviously been held up by COVID isolation.  In this quarter, we have reprogrammed this funding and used other donated funds to purchase Kindles to allow children to access content and communicate with leaders of children’s groups using Facebook and other social media during the summer months that were devoid of organized in person programs. 

We also began the purchase of supplies to repair and upgrade the building for a preschool. We hope it will become available as a small group meeting space for children and adults during COVID, prior to the ability to use the building for a preschool serving 21 children.  This building is owned by the local Baptist church, and CBCC has committed to paying for building supplies and some work to make it usable.  CBCC plans to spend at least $25,000 from other current fund sources, including about $6,000 of this grant.  

We have just hired a new position for our work – A Community Facilities Program Associate – to focus our efforts and expand in this area over the next year and into the future.

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Apr 30, 2020

Helping Children have fun learning things

Efforts to continue to restore and support childrens programs after Hurricane Irma continue.  In this quarter, we have shifted to trying to encourage a preschool to open, run by the local Baptist church, and have committed to paying for supplies and some work to refurbish an existing building.  We plan to spend at least $25,000 from some current donations, including this grant proceeds .  

Closing down the schools and doing Stay at Home for the COVID virus has slowed down these efforts, but we are continuing what we can.  We are also helping children get Kindles and other resources and child sized cloth masks for reopening planned for Monday May 4th, under strict mask and small group only setttings.

We are also using this time to try to put together the fundraising package to purchase a transportation van for the Dynamic Dancers to improve transportation for children in Coral Bay and on St. John to special events and classes.  We need about $50,000 to purchase it. Ideas?

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Jan 6, 2020

Helping Children have fun learning things

During October, Coral Bay Community Council provided a contribution of prizes and supplies to the Carolina Corral, a horse riding stable and large animal resue center in hosting a Family Fun Day for kids of all ages. They got “touching” experience caring for farm animals from chickens to donkeys, and played games. Through GlobalGiving funds, Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC) was able to provide prizes for the children. It was a fun day for all.

My Brother’s Workshop installed two Little Library Units in early November, that were paid for by the grant. One was placed at the Calabash Boom Apartments where many of the Coral Bay children live and the other one near the Coral Bay Fire Station where many children pass by its central location. The Little Libraries are being filled with donated books for toddlers to teens to enjoy.   (This replaces our planned cooperation with the government on supporting a bookmobile, that they are not able to complete at this time.)

CBCC will continue to solicit donated books and a regularly scheduled volunteer will refill the libraries and keep them clean on a weekly basis.

December was the start of the Children's Gardening Program with the Dynamic Dancers as the core group. CBCC was able to provide kidsafe gardening tools, gloves, soil seed pods for kids to take home and care for. This experience will teach kids about how to grow their own food and agriculture.

Scholarships have been offered for the Kids and the Sea program. None have been requested yet.  That program restarts in January, so we will see. 

To continue to support transportation for children's programs, Gifft Hill School was given a grant to help support afterschool transportation from their afterschool programs, as well as pushing them to partner with other programs (although not all have been able to get restarted post storms yet.)

We still have funds to use to help programs.  But dollars aren't the only need, it turns out.  The Virgin Islands government which controls most facilities is still having difficulty post hurricane in getting agreements in place to allow childrens programs to be run.   The FEMA built Sprung Structure to replace the community center in Coral Bay is still not open to be used for any purposes, and needs additional safety work outside to separate it from the surrounding heavily damaged buildings.  So progress is slow - although we are ready to help -- including with these funds. 


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