Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 19th 2015 Contents doing the necessary groundwork in order
for them to access the relevant grants. So
instead of them spending their last to run
around, they are able to sit comfortably at
home while we do the runaround for them,"
One of the biggest accomplishments was
the Divali celebration that was held on Octo-
ber 19, 2014. This created the opportunity
to engage the entire community in the prepa-
ration for the event.
Boodram also recognised the value of
sports in the socialisation of youths in the
"Youth involvement in sporting activities
is imperative since it involves organisation,
physical movement, fair play and strategy.
There are many benefits from performance
in sports: a healthier body and mind, it cre-
ates self-discipline, self-confidence, and
stronger relations with peers and adults. As
a result, this organisation has partnered with
other organisations to create strong com-
petitions supporting any group in whichever
way possible. The institution of sport assists
in the upbringing of an individual both men-
tally and physically and this has become
increasingly important in such modern era,"
He sent out an invitation to anyone willing
to provide assistance and join in the process
of making T&T a better place.
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Nicholas Boodram of the Princes Town Foundation
and Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh donated
Movie nights for children of Princes Town is just
one of the events being organised by the Princes
Town Development Foundation.
The foundation is a non-governmental organisation
(NGO) which was started by Nicholas Boodram and
legally registered on the August 18, 2014.
"A movie on the projector, popcorn, sodas and
snacks are the main ingredients for a fun evening.
What some take for granted on a Sunday evening at
the cinemas may actually be a dream for a less for-
tunate person. Therefore, at the Princes Town Devel-
opment Foundation we try to recreate this ambience
for those little children that share such dreams,"
Several small home-based amateur projects have
also been implemented. The NGO was created with
the vision to help identify and repair the social ills
of society. The group s motto is "working towards
embracing shared prosperity."
Children up to age 16, from all religious and ethnic
backgrounds are exposed to cultural and recreational
activities, and they are also taught discipline. Another
objective of the foundation is creating a link for people
to access the services and programmes provided by
the Government for citizens.
Speaking with the Sunday Guardian, Boodram
explained what the orgainsation was all about.
"For our vision to be accomplished, we have chosen
to shape the norms and values of the younger gen-
eration, and the intention is to look at holistic devel-
opment which sees the child as a whole person---
physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, morally,
culturally and spiritually, whilst providing companion
and assistance to the older generation.
"As we grow older, our capacity to get together
with friends, travel, or drive a car often results in
losing touch. Providing companion for the elderly is
a crucial link for seniors who live alone and may be
isolated from others," he added.
Boodram said they recognised that resources and
services available to citizens were not being utilised
for numerous reasons---for example, citizens, especially
the elderly and the uneducated ones, are unaware of
the services offered, therefore they are unable to apply
for relevant grants. "These citizens have no one to
advise them properly," Boodram added. This is where
his foundation comes in.
"We have been able to apply on behalf of people
to access wheel chairs and housing grants by assisting
them with filling out application forms. We also go
as far as dropping off these application forms and
Princes Town Foundation to help youths, elderly
The director of the Princes Town
Development Foundation can be
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