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Sallyann Della Casa, founder of The Grow-
ing Leaders Foundation says the archaic,
dinosaur-like charity systems of NGOs must
give way to social enterprise.
Della Casa said she wanted to help people
move away from the dependency syndrome
and handouts and not only teach them how
to fish, but how to market and sell it also.
She said this was done by nurturing their
natural talents, giving them the right tools
and combining it with business acumen.
The dreamer in chief and lead tree shaker
of the foundation said, "We need to be moving
away from NGOs and charity and move into
"That s my big issue, getting companies
and people to move away from this whole
charity and philanthropy and get into social
enterprise which is a hybrid between an NGO
and a full profit organisation.
"In that way you re addressing the societal
issues but using your business knowledge to
do it, and also creating some kind of income
producing activity so you re not totally depend-
ent on someone writing you a cheque."
Della Casa said she was not discouraging
anyone from making charitable donations or
grants but income generated activity was also
She cited The National Centre for Persons
with Disabilities (NCPD) in San Fernando as
an example of a facility which promoted oppor-
tunities for trained individuals with disabilities
to gain employment while offering skilled
business services as well.
Della Casa said the foundation was going
to introduce the public to the concept of social
entrepreneurship, where young people and
adults get into business not only for monetary
gain but to also make a positive impact on
social issues or the environment.
The foundation will be hosting Hives (which
comes from the concept of
bees/pollination/germinate) "where young
people can pollinate their business ideas and
demonstrate how they would be utilising their
business modules to uplift the country."
Della Casa said, "The Hive focuses on people
in our community successfully running or
developing social enterprises in art, food, edu-
cation, environmental and business sectors."
She said, "The Hive s future of business
and branding session pulls it all together and
sends a clear message that ethical action equals
Forum participants will learn how to develop
and maintain ethical practices with social
impact, she said. "They will be using start-
ups and established role models from the com-
munity to connect with the audience. We will
educate, stimulate and pollinate and affirm
that everyone can strive to run healthy busi-
nesses that help the planet and society as a
Della Casa said that ethical within the con-
text of the Hive means: "To be cause-com-
mitted, authentic, community engaged, and
morally and culturally aligned to help the
planet and society as a whole."
Get away from NGOs, charities says Della Casa...
Move into social enterprise
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The Growing Leaders Foundation is a
not-for-profit organisation based in T&T.
The organisation is headed by Sally Della
Casa, whose portfolio is listed as
dreamer-in-chief and lead tree shaker.
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Founder of Growing Leaders Foundation, Sallyann Della Casa poses with Abdul, one of the youngest social entrepreneurs in Dubai who invented
a bag out of newspaper that some local grocery stores are now using.
Fereshteh of Social Enterprise Week, left, and
Sallyann Della Casa, founder of Growing
Leaders Foundation in Dubai.
LIME has announced the introduction
of Google Apps mail service to its Internet
customers with LIME e-mail accounts.
The telecommunication provider stated
that the service is expected to be available
by the end of this month.
As a means of preparing its customers
for the move to Google, the telecoms
company has been sending e-mail noti-
fications and text messages to customers
encouraging them to update their e-mail
passwords. The company explained that
this will help to ensure customers expe-
rience no downtime during or after the
move to the Google environment.
"The introduction of Google Apps e-
mail service allows us to provide our
customers with the latest e-mail tech-
nology through Google s dynamic suite
of communication applications," Dwight
Williams, LIME s head of product per-
formance, said in a press release.
While customers LIME e-mail
addresses remain the same, the password
upgrade is necessary to be compatible
with Google s security requirements,
LIME to introduce Google Apps mail service
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