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Sacred Sports Foundation is a nonprofit organization in St. Lucia dedicated to turning the dreams of Caribbean youth primarily between the ages of 6 to 23 into reality through sports.  Sacred Sports Foundation is involved in a range of social and sport youth development programs and healthy lifestyles initiatives aimed at assisting a broad range of disadvantaged Caribbean communities.  The Foundation requested training for their local staff in developing a program that emphasizes life skills and health education targeting young St. Lucian girls between the ages of 13-17.  The program should promote healthy lifestyles, social inclusion, drug avoidance, and HIV/AIDS awareness while mentoring in leadership.  Sebrenah Phillips, a Prevention Specialist for Addictions/Prevention Program and Specialty Coordinator for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare's Intervention Program, and Earther Wright, Site Coordinator for 21st Century Community Learning Center - Reichert House, traveled to St. Lucia from June 16-23, 2012.  The FAVACA volunteers focused their training topics on personal hygiene, women's empowerment and HIV/AIDS prevention.  During their stay in St. Lucia, both volunteers held lectures and trainings for the staff at the Sacred Sports Foundation and sessions with youth from several participating organizations including the Upton Girls Garden Centre and Parole Services, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Gender Relations, the National Cricket and Netball Association, RISE and the George Charles Secondary School.  The FAVACA volunteers also met with young adults above the age of 17 and offered training on financial literacy and reproductive rights. The volunteers held in-depth discussions about making intelligent decisions regarding health, career, family and education and the importance of saving money.  As part of the class, they were given a copy of a sample budget to take home and return completed the next day.


Mr. Everton Ambrose, specialist in plant protection at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) requested assistance from FAVACA to help small pig farmers in St. Lucia in the areas of food production and safety.  IICA is a specialized agency for agriculture and the rural milieu of the Inter-American System whose purpose is to provide innovate and technical cooperation to the member states with the objective of achieving sustainable development in aid of the people of the Americas.  IICA saw the need to improve and standardize farming practices with an eye on establishing Good Production Practices and a certification process to improve production quality, yield and confidence among producers and consumers.  Dr. Pamela Ann Hunter, a veterinarian expert on small ruminants, swine and poultry, was selected by IICA to deliver technical assistance and training August 25-31, 2007 to more than 50 participants that included agricultural officials, farmers and technicians.  Dr. Hunter, first time volunteer from Tallahassee, is a graduate from Tuskegee University and works for the Division of Animal Industry of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Hunter visited small farms and consulted with farm owners and officials from IICA and the Ministry of Agriculture on issues involving production, hygiene, packaging, storage and transportation of the raw and unprocessed food.  During the mission to St. Lucia, Dr. Hunter also delivered a workshop on Best Management Practices (BMP) in pig production and slaughter and began composing a manual that will serve as industry standard for pig farming certification in St. Lucia.


The Center for Adolescent Renewal and Education (CARE) in St. Lucia is a community based indigenous voluntary organization established to help disadvantaged and marginalized youth take control of their lives and destinies.  Executive Director, Dr. Karleen Mason requested assistance from FAVACA to help their education center improve the quality of the school’s professors by creating a new curriculum for several departments.  The new curriculum standardized methods of meat carving, sanitation practices, and serving techniques currently only found in the United States.  Marjory Erixson from Melbourne, Florida volunteered her expertise in hospitality management and services to CARE in a week long seminar from May 20-26, 2007.  Erixson is a professor at Keiser University with over 30 years experience in the food and beverage industry and has worked in some of the best hotels and restaurants around the world.  While providing training in St. Lucia, Erixson was able to also help many of the professors create new and innovative dishes that are not usually served on the island.


Dawn French, director of the St. Lucia National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) led multiple agencies in a full-scale aircraft crash simulation November 6-9, 2006 at the Hewanorra International Airport. The aim of NEMO is to develop, test and implement adequate measures to protect the population of St. Lucia from physical, social, environmental and economic effects of both natural and man-made disasters.  The disaster simulation provided the means for practicing and implementing emergency measures, prevention, mitigation and response action to 500 trainees representing twelve agencies including the Saint Lucia Fire and Emergency Services, Police, Hospitals, Air and Seaports Authority and other agencies tasked with responding to aircraft emergencies.  FAVACA volunteer-consultant Capt. Wayne Watts, Green Cove Springs, worked with NEMO to prepare first responders for the exercise with training on disaster preparedness topics including preparing resources for adequate response to major emergencies using the Incident Management System. Capt. Watts was also tasked with serving as Chief Evaluator along with members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and members of NEMO as well as moderating the after-action critique and preparing an after action report with recommendations for improved response.  Captain Watts is assigned to the Florida Regional Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 which is tasked with Search and Rescue operations ranging from rope and high-angle rescue, confined space rescue, and land searches to structural collapse rescue operations in response to natural and man-made disasters and acts of terrorism. These duties are in addition to his role as a Captain with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.


Chriselda Branford, Director of St. Lucia Junior Pride requested FAVACA’s assistance to provide Conflict Resolution and Anger Management training to youth.  Members of St. Lucia Junior Pride, youth from the Boy’s Training Center and from several schools were invited to participate.  The aim of Junior Pride is to rehabilitate and re-educate youth and provide them a place to learn life skills and pro-social habits.  Return volunteer Neville Graham of Lake Placid, Florida, traveled to St. Lucia April 16-24, 2006  and conducted the training sessions for 55 individuals.  Graham is a native of Barbados and former executive director of the Florida Environmental Institute where he gained extensive experience working with troubled youth. He currently works with the Florida Civil Commitment Center.

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