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McDonald said to date the CSP had
more than 700 completed projects, some
20,000 sponsored community events and
over 50,000 direct beneficiaries over its
five years of operation.
He said the programme provided a con-
tinuous body of support which took the
form of interpersonal skill building, pro-
fessional skill development and a guided
structural community development
McDonald said the partnership process
saw the community playing a major role
in determining the kind of programmes
which were implemented. The proposals
for the projects were driven by community
needs, as one community may have a total-
ly different construct of support from
Jeremiah, who also teaches and gives
counselling at the Morvant Police and
Barataria Police Youth clubs, said CSP s
mediation courses had helped him in talks
between rival elements in the community.
The Tunapuna Court also sends first
offenders to do community service at the
centre instead of doing hard time. Upon
successful completion of their time, Jer-
emiah writes up the juveniles performance
reports to the judge and their records are
He wished that CSP s programmes could
be implemented in every single community
and not only in hotspots.
Pointing to the youths cooking lunch,
playing dominoes, video games and cards
in the community centre, Jeremiah said
CSP had done a lot in Mt D Or.
He said if it were not for CSP involve-
ment sponsoring trophies, the community s
teams could not have entered LifeSport s
tournaments and come first in cricket and
second in basketball.
Jeremiah said CSP s parenting pro-
grammes had proven extremely beneficial
for the single parents in the community,
as 60 per cent of the women were not
He said there were more males that
showed more interest in the CSP s cooking
course than females and they had to find
alternatives for them in camp such as cro-
chet and knitting.
Jeremiah was hoping that the CSP
receives an extension to continue its work
throughout the communities in 2015.
One of its many initiatives is to help
communities with $90,000 in funding for
its projects and needs.
Citizen Security Programme s assistant
chef, aspiring entertainment promoter
and producer Jamael "Russian" Spicer,
21, was busy "bubbling a pot" when the
Sunday Guardian visited the community
He was helping to cook a hearty and
delicious fish, chicken, lentil peas and
macaroni pie lunch for the other youths.
Spicer said, "I don t really like football.
I tell myself I better pick myself up and
do something and help them in the kitchen,
and I find I like it."
"I do entertainment and event promot-
ing and producing.
"The CSP and LifeSport doing a good
thing keeping the youths occupied in a
productive way instead of getting out on
the road and doing some stupidness."
Mt D'Or Road is located in the eastern part of
Trinidad. It is bordered by Mt Hope on the Western side,
Champ Fleurs on the Eastern side and to the north by
The community has a few squatting residents in the
foothills of Spring Valley and Spring Valley Extension
and is administered by the San Juan/Laventille Regional
Mt D'Or Road is a residential area with 802
households and a total population of 2,663. The Mt D'Or
Road community is culturally and racially diverse:
African 70 per cent, Indian nine per cent, Mixed 18 per
cent, Chinese/Caucasian/Syrian and other one per cent.
The age group of the youth population 7-24 years
represents 35 per cent of the population. The majority
of residents, 29 per cent, are Roman Catholic, there are
also Anglicans, Presbyterians, Hindus, Muslims,
Baptists, Jehovah Witness and Methodists. In this
community there are a higher number of women who
have never been married, 60 per cent, as compared to
common-law relationships which make up only 13 per
There is a Government Primary School in the
immediate area, but the youth have to leave the
community to attend secondary school, and there are
no pre-schools in the community.
According to records, 69 per cent of the population is
not attending school, with 49 per cent attending
government primary schools. The majority of the
population has attended school, with 40 per cent having
secondary schooling as the highest level. However, out
of this group, 69 per cent did not pass any exam.
Obtaining three to four O'Levels was the next highest
level of education, with six per cent of the population
having achieved this. Of those who did some level of
training, 55 per cent have a certificate with an exam.
The seven to 12 age groups make up 40 per cent of
those attending school.
The workforce of Mt D'Or Road is 1,000 people; this
represents 60 per cent of the working population within
the area. Of this group, the majority work in private
enterprise (63 per cent), followed by those who work
for the Government, 14 per cent.
The major occupation of the working population is
elementary, with 25 per cent. This is followed closely by
service and sales, with 17 per cent.
The major industry is the wholesale and retail trade,
which makes up 19 per cent of all industries. Though 16
per cent of the population did not state their income
status, 28 per cent of the population earns less than
$500, followed by 22 per cent of the population who
earn $1,000 to $1,999.
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'CSP doing a good thing for youths'
Citizen Security Programme's
projects for Mt D'Or Road:
•Adult literacy classes
•Domestic violence prevention
•Child abuse prevention
•Post SEA workshop and parenting
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