Meeting took place with Governmental officials in
the Ministry of Education and work started to identify the needs
within schools and orphanages. Lands and other faculties and infrastructure
were identified that would be needed to bring such projects to fruition.
Such interaction, dialogue and trips have led to
established centers and projects in Malawi and Tanzania.
was given financially and through mission trips to Thy Kingdom
Come Deliverance Sanctuary following the destruction of their
church by a hurricane in June 2005. A new sanctuary has been
established including a children’s church.
Seen below left Pastor
Happy on the roof and right at the dedication of the Sanctuary.
UCT extended its arms of help into Haiti and Dominica in an
imitative called ‘Make
Jesus Smile’. We have a deep desire to be
an expression of the love of Christ on earth, bringing hope
to children in Haiti and Dominica responding to meet the holistic
needs of the child – physically, emotionally and spiritually.
UCT's Make Jesus Smile shoebox project has been a great success
and it has proven that the children on Barbados and we believe
the Caribbean enjoy actively helping children that are less
privileged than there are.
Out of this has been birthed the idea to introduce
the project into the Community Centers and into the School Summer
We are now looking to extend our Make Jesus Smile
shoebox initiative into a Community Based Mitigation Program, introducing
a similar project called Make Jesus Smile Baby Boxes -
These boxes will be packed during the school holidays
and stockpiled leading up to the hurricane season.
Whilst at Summer Camp, in the Community Centre,
the children will be taught a simple but efficient Disaster Mitigation
shoeboxes are the catalyst used to get into the schools, Sunday
Schools and After School Clubs within Barbados and shortly we seek
to extend into Trinidad and other islands.
Through the shoe boxes ministry various UCT programs
are being introduced in Haiti including:
In seeking to bring its vision to fruition UCT has
linked with individuals, Haitians by birth who now reside outside
of Haiti, who are trained and skilled and who have all been using
their limited resources and networking to bring some Aid to Haitians.
These individuals are now poised to return to their native land
to help in the socio-economic development of their country and welcome
the opportunity to work with the Trust to achieve one common goal.
Such individuals have identified areas and communities,
churches and schools that will welcome assistance and in addition
have identified available land to use for agro-projects and buildings
to house programs.
They have also identified the types of programs
that will be needed to make a meaningful impact on the lives of
those to whom aid and assistance will be offered.
After sharing with those who have
a passion for Haiti all came to a clear decision that their vision
was to work in rural communities in areas such as health, education,
agriculture and natural disaster.
UCT Founder and Director Jenny Tryhane
has undertaken the task to visit Haiti twice, meeting with key personnel
including the Mayor of Jacmel. She has established strong links
with churches and schools, identified lands and districts for agro
projects and viable business ventures and environmental projects
that will enhance the Haitian communities.
UCT has made a firm commitment to partner with Churches, schools
and organization and to build on this initiative which we envisage
will play a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of not
only Haiti, but will touch the entire region known as the Caribbean.
It is greatly anticipated that this initiative will bring empowerment
and social mobility to those who were once referred to as being
dis-enfranchised and will seek to alleviate poverty and can be seen
as a small but significant cog in the wheel of economic change that
will help the United Nations achieve its mandate of eradicating
poverty globally by the year 2015.