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Bronte Welsh Primary School

May 17th 2013

An exciting project is in progress at the Bronte-Welsh Primary School in the parish of Trinity St. Kitts.  The school is currently having a new concrete blocks and chain-linked wire fence constructed in order to enhance the security of the students attending the school and to thwart would-be vandals from defacing the school’s property.  An entry and exit gate will also be installed to provide restricted and regulated access to school grounds for added security and surveillance of the property.

The kitchen and eating areas are also receiving an extensive upgrade.   The existing ceiling has already been given a fresh coat of paint and construction is underway to upgrade all of the windows and cabinetry.  The area originally used as the kitchen will be divided to provide an eating area and a smaller kitchen space  and storage space.  All of the electrical outlets will be repaired or replaced.  The kitchen’s existing plumbing will also be upgraded.

New eavestroughs or gutterings will be installed to prevent erosion of the school compound.  The renovations will provide a comfortable and enhanced learning environment as well as an added sense of pride for the community.

These upgrades are sure to provide a safe place for the daily use of the building as a school, and as the Trinity community’s town hall and hurricane shelter.  Maintenance work will also be done on washroom facilities and the computer lab which will be fitted with a new ceiling.  A total of 36 damaged windows and 16 damaged doors will be repaired or replaced.

The school is expected to set up a maintenance committee to ensure that the investment is kept in a proper state of repair.



Old Road Health Centre - Recently Completed
May 17th 2013

Construction on the Old Road Health Centre is now complete!  The newly constructed facility officially opened its doors to the Old Road community on April 18, 2013, and is now welcoming patients from Old Road and its surrounding areas.  The Health Centre is the only health facility in the St. Thomas parish providing services to over 2300 residents.

The new facility now has two exam rooms, a dressing room, resident Doctor’s office, a storage room, utility room, a spacious waiting area, a receptionist area, general restroom facilities and a kitchenette.  The vector control officer also occupies a room in the new building.
Mr. Clinton Silliday, a resident of Old Road, was the successful contractor and delivered  high quality work on the new facility.  The BNTF office is pleased with the fact that most of the workers on the facility came from the area.   The centre is wheelchair accessible and houses a car park at the rear of the building.

The Old Road Health Centre will aid the community through convenient and continuous access to health services that range from family planning to disability services. The BNTF is proud to have aided in the accessibility of health care services in Old Road and surrounding communities , and hopes to positively impact the quality of life of the citizens in the community and surrounding areas.



Violet Petty Primary School
May 17th 2013

The project for the Violet- Petty Primary School included numerous renovations that addressed the safety, security and adequate learning environment for the students.

To address the safety and security of students a new concrete and chain link wire fence has been completed. The specific design will prevent significant damage in the future and easy repair for long term wear and tear. It will also help the school faculty to monitor who enters the school compound. In addition new lamps have been installed in the corridors of the school.

New and continuous gutterings have been installed to channel rain water from the roof and prevent flooding on the compound. Upgrades to the computer lab include increased size of the fuses and upgrading to the panel box and electrical wiring.  The kitchen was also upgraded with a new counter, new cupboards, a new sink and repairs to the plumbing.   Broken tiles on the middle counter were also replaced.  The lighting system in the kitchen was repaired.  Problems in the students’ restrooms was addressed.

Two items of maintenance are left to complete the Violet -Petty renovation project. Ceiling fans are to be installed in the kitchen and faucets in the bathroom will be replaced. The project will be completed by mid June 2013.

A toolkit will be provided to ensure adequate maintenance of the investment.   The school will be requested to set up a maintenance committee and BNTF will fund  3-4 night maintenance training for  PTA members and members of the community. They will be responsible for the maintenance of the school..  



Keys Sidewalk
May 17th 2013

Women of the Keys community identified numerous safety concerns when walking on the road. Serious concerns were also expressed in relation to the movement of children throughout the community.  This reduces movement and adversely impacted socialization among residents.  

The development project for the village of Keys addressed barriers to resident’s mobility in the community. The project includes construction of a 4018 linear feet of  walkway along the entire length of the village.  Retaining walls have been constructed in certain areas and railing have also been installed on one section for added safety.  

Training in environmental issues  for residents will also be provided as a part of the project.

The contractor on this project mr. Ivan Stevens is a resident of Keys and again the BNTF office is pleased that residents benefitted as  most of the workers were from the community.   The final items of work under this project are currently underway.  Completion is expected by mid June 2013.

NEW Sub-Projects Underway at BNTF!

The office will commence work on three sub-projects shortly. These will be the introductory projects for the new CLO, Ms. Patrick. They include:
  • Neverson Street Walkway Upgrade,
  • BHS Biology Lab and Restrooms Renovations and
  • Media Productions Skills Enhancement.
In conjunction, a list of projects to be financed under BNTF was submitted to the Ministry of Finance for Budget 2012.

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Update on the Construction of Old Road Health Centre

BNTF is ready to sign the contract for the Old Road Health Centre Construction. The successful contractor and resident of Old Road, is Mr. Clinton Silliday of Kago Construction.
A letter from BNTF Project Manager Mr. Osbert DeSuza was delivered to Mr. Elvis Newton dated 4th August 2011 requesting that the old centre and the other existing building on the compound be demolished. The demolition was done partially but the footings were not removed, and as a result the demolition is incomplete. The consultant engineer assigned to the project, Ms Carolyn Browne and Project Manager Mr. Osbert Desuza, visited the site on Tuesday 8th November. Ms Carolyn Browne has written to the BNTF office requesting that the site be cleared of all reinforced concrete. A letter from Mr. Osbert DeSuza has since been written to the PS Health concerning this.

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Status Updates on BNTF 6 Sub-Projects

The office made some changes to the three sub-project proposals that were submitted to the CDB for BNTF 6. These were requested by the country supervisor.  The office awaits approval of these subprojects.

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Evaluation of BNTF Fifth Programme

Annual evaluations help maintain a standard of reliability and accountability of the services offered through BNTF. Therefore, we are pleased to announce the ongoing research and evaluation that has been undertaken by visiting consultants from the CDB.
From 1st to 5th November the office hosted two consultants working with the CDB. They were Ms. Jacqueline-Sharon Grant and Natalia Decamp-Basirli. Their mission was to independently evaluate the BNTF Fifth programme. During their stay they met with teachers, education administrators, PTA executive members, BNTF staff, PS Rattan, two members of the PSC and beneficiaries of BNTF interventions including some staff from the Old Road day care centre. There were also three focus groups discussions. The two ladies travelled to Nevis on Friday 4th November and were able to meet with Mr. Alsted Pemberton, PS Social Transformation, staff of the hot lunch kitchen and the medical facility.
On 7th and 8th November we hosted Ms. Erica Rapier, CDB consultant. Ms Rapier's mission was to conduct an analysis of the delivery of the BNTF programme in St. Kitts and Nevis as we move towards BNTF 7. She met with BNTF staff, PSC members, PS Rattan, Lavern Queeley and beneficiaries of BNTF interventions. Based on information that she received via phone calls to Mrs. Parry and Mr. Parry, Premier, she did not travel to Nevis.

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Summer Intern from York University, Toronto, Canada

Greetings from Toronto, Ontario, Canada! I have been here nearly a month and a half, but have yet to introduce myself. My name is Tiffany Boswell and I was born and raised on the western coast of Canada, in a small town called Chilliwack, BC.

This is my first time in beautiful St. Kitts and only my second time in the Caribbean. The last time I was here in the Caribbean was in Jamaica with the Caribbean Children's Foundation assisting staff and children at Strathmore Gardens Children's Home.

I am a third year undergraduate student at York University, Toronto, majoring in Social Work with a focus on youth who offend. During the school year I act as an executive member of the Social Work Student Association at York University and volunteer with an inner city outreach program in Toronto for youth facing challenging circumstances. I also coach basketball and run youth basketball programs, and anyone who knows me can tell you that I have a passion for the sport and the opportunity to use it as a vessel for youth development.

There is never a shortage of work to be done at BNTF and while I am here I am working closely with communities which face strenuous economic, environmental, and social issues. Up to date I have been instrumental in formalizing sub-projects to see that they are underway. This includes participating in and leading community meetings for Keys village, the communities of Lodge/Ottley's, and the communities of Boyds/West Farm/Points. Taking the information gathered from each meeting, I have then put together documents to be submitted to the CDB, including Needs Assessments, Community Profiles, and Sub-project Profiles. I will also be working closely with the Keys community members to create a comprehensive Community Profile, and I hope to do the same for Lodge/Ottley's. In addition, I am involved in the preparation for the upcoming Computerised Job Estimation Tool (CJET) workshop to be held July 26-29 (See Free Upcoming Workshop On Computerised Job Estimation Tools).

Although I am only in St. Kitts for the short duration of three months, I hope to make the most of my time here. Thus far I have thoroughly enjoyed the Kittitian hospitality, food, culture, music, sports, and beaches. I anticipate the rest of my stay will be productive and enjoyable!

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Free Upcoming Workshop On Computerised Job Estimation Tools

Small contractors and artisans are key implementing agents within the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme. The Bank's experience in working with these service providers has consistently shown that an area of weakness is their inability to accurately and reliably prepare estimates for jobs. Consequently, they do not properly cover their overheads and operating expenses and inadvertently suffer losses from accepting jobs. They are also at a disadvantage relative to larger business entities with the capacity to employ the services of Consultant Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Accountants in the bidding process.

The Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services Network (CTCS) offers solutions to planning and production problems encountered by commercial enterprises by facilitating Caribbean specialist services at affordable costs. In an effort to enhance the competitiveness of artisans and small contractors, CTCS has developed a Computerised Job Estimation Tool (CJET) which is a simple but effective computerized tool which allows the user to calculate the finite cost of a construction project.

The BNTF will train small contractors in the use of the CJET. The training will be conducted at the Ocean Terrace Inn, Basseterre. Workshop sessions will be conducted over four days from 8:30am to 5:00pm from July 26, 2011 – July 29, 2011. A certificate of Participation will be issued to participants attending 100% of all training modules and successfully completing 100% of individual assignment/project using CJET. Workshop meals and services will be provided.

Given the limitation on the numbers allowed by the CDB, selected contractors from St. Kitts and Nevis have been invited to participate. Small contractors from Montserrat have also been invited to attend the workshop. Participation in the workshop is free of charge.

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Plans For A Walkway To Be Constructed In Keys
Friday, 10th June 2011

A community meeting was conducted by BNTF on June 9, 2011 where residents voiced their concerns about the issue of safety for pedestrians walking along the island main road through Keys. High rates of speed along the narrow winding road leave children, women, men, and elderly at risk.

Plans are underway to construct a walkway starting from the community centre through to the end of Keys community. The walkway is intended to be constructed partially along the mountainside and partially on the opposite side of the road. A crosswalk will be painted in the location where the walkway crosses over to the other side. Contractors from the community will be invited to bid during the last quarter of 2011.

Thank you to all Keys residents who showed up to the community meeting and demonstrated a high level of cooperation and interest in the project. Your concerns and insight made for valuable discussion on how BNTF can help to make traversing the village of Keys much safer.

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Fence To Be Repaired At Violet Petty Primary School
Friday, 3rd June 2011

On June 2, 2011 a community meeting was held at Violet Petty Primary School. Residents of Lodge and Ottley's came out to discuss with BNTF staff the conditions of the community, as well as much needed repairs to Violet Petty Primary School.

Information gathered in the community meeting was put forward to create a comprehensive Needs Assessment outlining the various needs expressed by community members.

Since the meeting, a sub-project profile has been submitted outlining the areas of the school that will be addressed. Repairs to the enclosing fence, electrical wiring, installation of ceiling fans and the construction of a proper drainage system are all part of the sub-project.

BNTF would like to thank everyone who came out to voice their opinions and give valuable input for the betterment of Violet Petty Primary School and the community of Lodge and Ottley's.

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You’re Invited to The BNTF Open House on July 28, 2010
Thursday, 16th July 2010

On July 28, 2010 The Basic Needs Trust Fund will launch its 6th Cycle of programmes geared towards poverty alleviation through community empowerment and development.  We are very happy to highlight the impacts of our collective efforts on our island.
Join us! Bring your family and children for the daytime exhibition and activities.
 

Venue: Victoria Rd (Ministry of Social and Community Development Grounds)
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Date: Wednesday July 28, 2010

There will be activities and exhibits showcasing our work over 30 years.  All are welcome, especially children and families.

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Clean and Healthy Restrooms for Primary Schools! May 2010
May 2010

Last week, 16 Primary School children went home beaming with pride and a $250EC cheque after being chosen as winners for the Primary School Restroom Public Information Campaign. Funded by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF), seven participating primary schools contributed over 100 pieces of art and slogans themed to encourage the better use and care of restroom facilities.

In commitment to improved restroom conditions, BNTF will also oversee the physical renovation of restrooms in the participating primary schools. Winning slogans and drawings will be printed in color and posted in schools throughout to promote positive restroom practice for the benefit of all. “These renovations can be maintained and sustained for many years to come. However, it is imperative that we have the continued monitoring and support of students, teachers, parents, the wider community and the Ministry of Education” say BNTF staff. Keeping our restrooms clean and safe is everyone’s business, so let’s do our part to keep clean, report damage and stay healthy.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to all participants for making this venture a success!