Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 3rd 2014 Contents A36
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, June 3, 2014
That's right: Repeat Day is a quirky holiday celebrated every year
on June 3, giving you an excuse to do things over and over again!
Take this opportunity to repeat things you enjoy, such as watching
your favorite movie twice or going in for that second piece of cake.
It could even be as simple as giving your kids two hugs before they
go to bed instead of just one.
Repeat Day can also be a funny holiday to share with your friends.
Try sending them the same email twice or the same text message
throughout the day and see if they pick up on it!
Some 275 persons from several
communities in Trinidad participated
in a gala ceremony at the Trinidad
Hilton Hotel last weekend to celebrate
their accomplishments in the annual
Beyond Borders Capacity Develop-
The initiative provided training in
organisational development skills for
groups in the marginalised communities
of Beetham Gardens, Farm Road (St
Joseph), Mt D or, Covigne and Emba-
cadere. The programme was developed
through a partnership between BP T&T
and The Rose Foundation, along with
the Ministry of National Security
through its Citizen Security Programme,
a release said.
Since the start of the training ini-
tiative in 2010, 35 organisations have
been formed across the five commu-
nities, resulting in community-based
business initiatives in the areas of bot-
tled water, construction, graphic arts,
transportation and catering. These
enterprisers have generated $7.3m to
BPTT s Corporate Responsibility
manager, Ronda Francis, outlined the
rationale for the programme:
She said: "Beyond Borders began out
of the belief that if given the tools, your
organisation could build your capacity
and so too, your communities. It has
been inspiring for us to see you trans-
form from disorganised, informal groups
into formal, legally registered, high-
"Every person and community group
here has gone far beyond the borders
that were keeping you back from the
greatness you have achieved and will
continue to achieve."
Putting the entire initiative in context
was Sterling Belgrove, executive chair-
man of The Rose Foundation which
delivered the training.
"The results we ve seen clearly show
that every community organisation has
the opportunity to turn relevant training
into functional activities that provide
employment and generate revenue for
"We ve changed lives by giving people
the opportunity to achieve their full
potential. Our vision is that this training
be spread across the nation and
empower communities to become sus-
tainable and foster a stronger society,"
Every member of the community
groups attending the graduation
received certification recognising their
completion of the capacity development
training modules, including organising
and leadership, incorporation and com-
pliance, good governance practices and
development of strategic relationships.
Other highlights of ceremony includ-
ed heartfelt testimonials from leaders
of the various community groups, the
premiere of a music video denouncing
violence that was produced by the Five
Phase Energy Sounds Association, of
Beetham Gardens, and presentation of
$16,000 to the young artists of Sogren
Trace through the sale of their paintings
produced through the Beyond Borders
According to Kessel Byer of Emba-
cadere, San Fernando, who was able to
launch the Amethyst Family Foundation
producing purified and ozonated bottled
water, the experience had been life-
"This training enhanced our
thinking processes and helped us
to develop critical technical skills.
But more importantly, it helped us
to change our mindset so that we
believe that we can be as great as
we want to be. We were empow-
ered with the knowledge, skills and
confidence to forge a better future
for our communities and the
nation as well," Byer said.
Communities push Beyond Borders for progress
Kessel Byer of Embacadere, San Fernando, describes how he was empowered to start a bottled water
company through the Beyond Borders Capacity Development Programme. Listening to his message are (from
left) Sterling Belgrove, executive chairman of The Rose Foundation; NiLeung Hypolite, Laventille West MP;
Joel Primus, Community Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations adviser, bpTT; and Gary Edwards, technical
director, Tek Engineering.
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