The Foundation for the Development Children has moved into full fundraising gear in an effort to raise US$25,000 towards the provision of early childhood development services (ECD) in the Caribbean by the end of 2012.
At the start of primary school, 25 to 30% of Caribbean children have not acquired the skills necessary to fully benefit from this education and nine out of ten children have no access to daycare or early childhood development programmes.
In response, the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) has launched its online fundraising campaign dubbed Sky’s the Limit, which allows persons willing to assist in combatting these realities to give to the cause.
Through the Sky’s the Limit campaign, donors are asked to visit the campaign page (http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1032629) and persons can form teams or donate individually.
According to FDCC’s Consultant Director, Susan Branker, it’s been one year since the organization launched and it is now ready to start raising the much needed funds to help fast track ECD services in the region. She says, “ we have set a goal of US $25,000 in this first instance. We hope both corporate Caribbean and individuals will see the urgency of the need and give towards this target, so that as we start a new year, the FDCC will be well-positioned to finance some necessary projects to ensure our region’s children are getting the help they need.”
The FDCC is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to enhance the early developmental years of Caribbean children so that they can adequately benefit from primary education. The FDCC is based in Bridgetown, Barbados, with programmes across the Eastern Caribbean, Belize and Jamaica. The Foundation was launched in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in June 2011 and became operational in January 2012.
The Foundation evolved from the successful 10 year old Caribbean Child Support initiative (CCSI) programme. Ten thousand children have already been reached, almost two hundred undergraduates have benefited from internships and many more have received early childhood development skills training. Extensive research has supported the need for the interventions and initiatives which the Foundation provides.
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