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HEAL VICCC Recovery Project

by University Of The Virgin Islands
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HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
HEAL VICCC Recovery Project
JanJay Donating to VICCC Post-IrMaria
JanJay Donating to VICCC Post-IrMaria

Our team’s principle focus as we continued programming and preparation of Heritage Education Arts Legacy (HEAL) VICCC Recovery Project [HEAL VICCC RP] included expanding the integration of themes of healing, recovery and repair within our St. Croix community.  HEAL VICCC RP continued to use educational programs linked directly to the Caribbean Cultural Studies education programs as seasonal themes for teaching sustainable methods for disaster recovery and mitigation techniques- especially in light of the current hurricane season from June to November annually. Emphasis on intergenerational HEALing continued to focus upon helping our youth, our families and our visitors to our AyAy St. Croix community to respectfully share and care for one another on this road of healing, resilience, recovery and preparation post-IrMaria. Continued partnership events included annual fall equinox meetings in alignment with National Public Lands Day with National Park Service in Christiansted, St. Croix Maroon Sanctuary observances and heritage hikes in August and September respectively.   Our team continued with the #HEALRecoverPrepare mantra throughout our community and educational site based events! One of our HEAL VICCC RP event participants shared the following in September 2019: "Thank you VICCC for helping us to help ourselves in understanding options for handling rains, many hurricane warnings and making our disaster home kits absent of terrifying fear of our safety on St. Croix-especially during the 3+ hurricanes that came so close to St. Croix we were scared to death!  Your programs keep us informed on how to heal and recover as best we can." 

The HEAL VICCC RP team continued to host focus groups, informative visual arts exhibitions, hurricane recovery resource networking, edutainment events (educational entertainment) and community Bamboula (creative cultural conversations) on a bi-monthly basis to intergenerational participants. Disaster preparation via culturally-infused STEAM programming were integrated with the culture, history and educational heritage of several VI US historical ancestral icons and historic events celebrated and commemorated in this quarter’s programming included: VI Freedom Week and VI Emancipation Day [June 26-July3];  Edward Wilmot Blyden Day [August 3]; West Indies Solidarity Day [September 2]; David Hamilton Jackson and U.S. Public Lands Day [September 28]; and related AyAy St. Croix based cultural heritage awareness activities with public, parochial and private K-12 schools during this reporting period. HEAL VICCC RP continued to use cultural heritage narratives and visual arts presentations on each of these cultural tradition stewards/trailblazers and heritage events linked to strategies of empowerment and awareness for our participants and wider community to embrace our mantra of #HEALRecoverPrepare with practical application.  Solar powered batteries and lights along with portable water purification and testing kits were requested by participants for future reporting periods. 

Heritage tours to St. George Botanical Gardens with botanist and ecologist Professor Olasee Davis; Disaster preparation and safety (mold/mildew remediation) work sessions in WUVI Radio studios; informal gatherings at UVI with VI Governor Albert Bryan and students on related recovery and sustainability efforts and more provided during this reporting period.  Select community supporters helped with resource and counseling recovery for groups and individuals remained available for program participants as requested with post IrMaria trauma certified professionals.  An average of 85% of our event participants have expressed they experienced some spectrum of trauma during the two category five hurricanes devastating the Virgin Islands (US) in September 2017 with therapy and resource support still essential in 2019. The HEAL VICCC RP community-centered gatherings contributed to be shared on AyAy St. Croix programs inclusive of WUVI Radio at the University of the Virgin Islands http://wuvi.uvi.edu [experienced post-hurricane warning damages in September/October 2019 that intefered with select programming], WSTX Radio http://wstxradio.com, and other social media networks with public service announcements and related media support being broadcast to increase AyAy St. Croix and VI community awareness of post-disaster counseling, anxiety and stress management, preparedness strategies support and more in harmony with the Project's #HEALRecoverPrepare focus. Creating more comprehensive disaster preparedness and recovery kits for families was recommended for inclusion in future Bamboula gatherings.  

WUVI Radio Broadcaster Shane W.Durand Post-IrMaria
WUVI Radio Broadcaster Shane W.Durand Post-IrMaria
Group HEAL Session in Restored VICCC Suites
Group HEAL Session in Restored VICCC Suites
VICCC HEAL Tour w/Olasee Davis @SGBVG
VICCC HEAL Tour w/Olasee Davis @SGBVG
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Culture Creatives STEAM Symposia & Recovery Circle
Culture Creatives STEAM Symposia & Recovery Circle

It is all about #HEALRecoverPrepare! Planning and creative engagement within our Virgin Islands (VI US) community continues to intensify as we navigate beyond our Post IrMaria Hurricane recovery journey. Our team’s primary focus and thrust of the Heritage Education Arts Legacy (HEAL) VICCC Recovery Project [HEAL VICCC RP] includes integrating transcultural Caribbean Cultural Studies education programs as seasonal themes for teaching sustainable methods for disaster recovery and mitigation techniques. The intergenerational HEALing continues to focus upon helping our youth, our families and our visitors to our tranquil shores to respectfully share and care for one another on this road of healing, resilience, recovery and preparation. The annual summer solstice in June complements the community-wide anxiety of the annual start of hurricane season in the Virgin Islands Caribbean. #HEALRecoverPrepare is the mantra! The HEAL VICCC RP team has hosted focus groups, visual arts exhibitions, edutainment events (educational entertainment) and community Bamboula (creative cultural conversations). Several VI US historical ancestral icons have been commemorated in this quarter’s programming starting in April with Hubert Harrison, MaryAnn Golden Christopher and Delta Dorsch; In May with Gene K. Emanuel, Leona Brady Watson and Eulalie Rivera; and in June with Barbara Christian, Yosef ben Jochannan (Alfredo Johannes) and Janice Pemberton Tutein. Cultural heritage narratives and visual arts presentations on each of these cultural tradition stewards and trailblazers have been linked to strategies of empowerment and awareness for our participants and wider community to embrace our mantra of #HEALRecoverPrepare

Group and individual counseling support resources have been made available for attendees that have experienced any post IrMaria trauma by certified counselors. An average of 75% of our event participants have expressed they experienced some spectrum of trauma during the two category five hurricanes impacting the Virgin Islands in September 2017 that continue to impact their daily lives in 2019. These community-centered gatherings have contributed to the creation of design and implementation plans for media outreach on WUVI Radio http://wuvi.uvi.edu , WSTX Radio http://wstxradio.com and other social media networks highlighting ways to increase our Virgin Islands community’s awareness of post-disaster counseling opportunities and preparedness strategies to reduce anxiety and stress. #HEALRecoverPrepare

April 2019 provided a time for our team to plan and strengthen our implementation design framework for achieving the goals and objectives of this project. Our team hosted symposia on “Culture, Creatives and S.T.E.A.M.” at the University of the Virgin Islands campuses on St. Croix and St. Thomas with highlights on the use of VI-seasonal commemorations and heritage with support from our community partners and alliances: Music In Motion School of Higher Dance Education, MACISLYN Bamboula Dance Company, Inner Changes for Girls and Boys Academy, Sankofa Saturdays Youth Enrichment Program, St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, Per Ankh Khamniversity and other trailblazers within the Caribbean and Americas. May 2019 featured programs to #CommemorateLiberateOrganizeMemorialize annual VI African Heritage Week celebrations inclusive of official community-wide cultural heritage events with highlights of an exceptionally exquisite visual arts exhibition by Emmanuel Phillips of EFex Photography curated by Opi’a Taino International. 200+ attendees shared in this cultural creative industry and educational opportunity for counseling and sustainable disaster recovery resources to distribute hurricane and related disaster recovery and preparedness resources to our community while having an enjoyable experience. June 2019 activities complemented National Caribbean American Heritage Month and VI Freedom Week with intergenerational gatherings integrating innovative and simplistic disaster mitigation strategies. Techniques for strengthening and creating communication trees to increase safety and security before, during and after disasters impact our community were highlights of each of our programs and events. The HEAL VICCC RP team included disaster recovery and preparedness information with links to VI community agencies with resources gathered for sustainable and compassionate care pouches for participants to #HEALRecoverPrepare!

Dance Education Beyond Trauma Circle
Dance Education Beyond Trauma Circle
Healing Drums Beyond Trauma By AyAy Baobab
Healing Drums Beyond Trauma By AyAy Baobab

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University Of The Virgin Islands

Location: Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, St. Thomas Virgin Islands (US) - Virgin Islands
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Project Leader:
Chenzira Davis Kahina
Kingshill St. Croix, VI Virgin Islands
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