Sunday 18 November, 2018

NGO urges public to show pride in independence through $55 donations

As citizens prepare to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary of independence, at least one non-governmental organisation is pooling its efforts to offer some positivity in the face of rising crime and economic hardship.

However, the faith-based NGO is appealing to the nation for its help through its 55 Impact TT initiative, in this regard.

Director of Companions of the Transfigured Christ (CTC Community) Kyle Dardaine said the organisation hopes to target the negatives plaguing the country and turn them into positives, especially as the country has been grappling with crime and violence and a depressed economy.

The NGO, through its initiative, is kindly requesting donations of just $55, a dollar for each year that the country has been independent, from Independence Day to Republic Day, in an effort to get citizens involved in rebuilding the nation.

“We thought, why not ask people in the country to donate to pledge one dollar per year of our independence toward helping us to strengthen these types of (at-risk) communities?”

“It is nice to go and look at fireworks in the Savannah…but we are saying to people: You can do more. You can do something to give the celebration, the blessing of nationhood, to pay it forward.”  

“We are asking people for a little bit to help us to make a great impact,” he added.  

The contributions will go toward the NGO’s community outreach programmes, Dardaine said.

Dardaine said a lot of the NGO’s work in its 17 years of existence is in dealing with issues at the grassroot level and working with the community’s youth.

“We are in the community of Diego Martin where we have adopted a school in a very high-risk area and high-risk population. It’s the Diego Martin Boys’ RC. We have built, over the last two years, a very strong relationship with the school, with the Principal, the Vice-Principal, the entire staff, the parents, and we have been working together with other NGOs coordinated by United Way Trinidad and Tobago…

We have done projects where we have refurbished an entire area of the school…the children need help to have a space, a safe space to inspire them to learn.”

He said through these efforts, the NGO ensures that these at-risk youth do not end up turning to a life of crime.

Dardaine added that they have so far received corporate sponsorship from the likes of Shell and United Way which has allowed them to make an impact in these children’s lives.

“Imagine how much more we would be able to do if people jump on board and help us.”

Interested persons can make a direct deposit to account FCB 2164268 which was set up specifically to receive pledge and donate donations.  

The organisation, which has been in the Diego Martin community for two years, can also be reached at 225-8210, and via email at ctccommunity@gmail.com.