I've been rather remiss in posting this due to being even more busy than usual, but better late than never (I hope).
Support Bonaire was asked for funding by an organization called FORMA (I have put a flyer about this Bonairean non-profit at http://www.supportbonaire.org/2006-08-FORMA-Info.pdf).
FORMA's role is to help train people for jobs on Bonaire and has been in operation since April of 1992. They have generally been able to rely on various grant giving organizations for their funding in the past, but this year (and this affects a lot of non-profits in the Antilles) APNA, one of the largest such community funds, stopped being able to give out funds for reasons I won't get into.
Anyhow, the sum of it is that FORMA is looking for support from anyone who can provide it to the tune of US$2890 for:
- 1 table and 6 chairs for toddlers and supplies (toys, puzzles, paper, pencils, markers)
- 1 children cabinet to store the toys and supplies
- 1 Computer
- 2 file cabinets
The need for the above stems from the following:
The department ‘ Sociale Vormingsplicht’ works with 34 teenage mothers who weekly need to be at the office to talk with the social worker or to work with the ‘trajectbegeleider’. Those teenage moms most of the time come with their children. It will make work more pleasant for everybody if we can offer the toddlers something to do. The plan is to create a corner in our building where the toddlers can play while their moms are working at their future. Support Bonaire (www.supportbonaire.org), which doesn't have any funds of its own to do grants, would be willing to accept donations for this project from anyone who is feeling generous and would like to help this worthy project. All such donations would be, as is always the case for Support Bonaire, passed through at 100% of the amount donated to the target project.
- In the year 2006 Forma has gone through a serious reorganization. This leaded to 4 departments. Every department has a coordinator. That meant expanding of personal. The personal is in place but Forma didn’t have sufficient funds to supply computers for all staff. We are missing still one computer and cabinet for the Coordinator of the department Practical job training: work and learning courses. To be able to purchase a computer and cabinet would make the work much more efficient.
More information about FORMA:
Forma is an educational institute for adults with as main goal to offer practical job training, supportive education and upgrading courses. Forma offers education for adults who for different reasons didn’t get the opportunity to follow education or live circumstances disturbed them to finish education. If you have any questions, please contact FORMA's Director, Inge Berben (whom some of you may know from when she ran Jong Bonaire day-to-day), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forma has 4 departments
- Literacy: literacy courses in Papiamento for people who can’t read and write
- ‘Sociale Vormingsplicht’/ Basic skill training: a schooling and on the job training course for youngsters between 16 and 24 years who do not have a diploma
- Practical job training: work and learning courses
- Commercial Courses: upgrading from working population, based on needs from the companies on Bonaire
Forma wants to stand for high quality education that will give participants the opportunity to develop, due to own possibilities and interest, to become valuable citizens in our community.
We want to accomplish this true education, training and guidance focused on personal needs and talents. With the result that every participant will develop a personal perspective and controls:
- Sufficient communicative skills and social abilities
- A positive work attitude
- Independency and can solve small problems or knows how to find help to find solutions for problems
- Is a skillful workman (for the profession he or she is educated in)
Current Projects being run by FORMA:
- 6 groups of literacy courses (33 participants)
Department Sociale Vormingsplicht
- 24 Young Mothers in Young Mothers project, skill training in child upbringing, social abilities, month budget and grocery shopping, healthy cooking for children, hygienic and safe household
- 34 Participants, ‘Sociale Vormingsplicht’. Basic skill training. After that course all participants will start with a on the job training program.
Department Practical Job Training
- 30 (long term) unemployed people will receive a basic skill training program, day rhythm training, job attitude and job specific skills (will be subsidized by USONA – poverty project)
- Horeca education level 1 and 2
- Language course Dutch Advanced
- Language Course English for Beginners
- Bookkeeping and Statistics
- Diploma boat handling
(on behalf of Support Bonaire, Inc.)