Dental Supplies Arrive: Thanks to Henry Schein Cares

HENRY SCHEIN CARES FOUNDATION  is a philanthropic vehicle for driving change toward building a healthier world. They support innovation, strengthening health care system resilience, expanding access to care for underserved communities, and investing in the next generation of health care professionals.    

In December 2021 Coco Point Fund applied for a grant from Henry Schein Cares for numerous supplies for the dental clinic.  The request included large box quantities of toothbrushes, gauze, floss, toothpaste, and many sterile sponges and supplies needed by the dentist for exams.     We are pleased to say that the grant was awarded in the Spring and the supplies reached the dental clinic!  Thank you again to the Henry Schein Foundation for their contribution.

Ms. Annie Marie Gore + Ms. Camelda Frank
Ms. Camelda Frank

SUMMER UPDATE 2022

Dear Friends of Coco Point Fund (CPF),

Our local board would like to update you on some happenings on Barbuda and some upcoming projects that we are hoping to fund.   We are pleased to report that over 400 locals are now employed – either directly or indirectly on the island.  There are new hotels and housing being built to house workers, tourists and doctors, dentists, etc. 

Organizations like Barbuda Ocean Club continue to spend substantial amounts on community development and improvements to the public school system seem to be in the works.   The solar powered energy system is now fully functional as well.

Last year we recognized that in the Healthcare sector of the island there was a glaring need for an Ambulance as well as Dental Care and equipment. We are thrilled to have made progress in both these regards.  Read more below.

There is a lot of good news going on but as we all know, still much to do.  Please read about our successes and projects below and consider contributions to the projects we are considering.

Have a great and safe summer,
Coco Point Fund

Healthcare Successes

DENTAL SUPPLY DONATION

HENRY SCHEIN CARES FOUNDATION  is a philanthropic vehicle for driving change toward building a healthier world. They support innovation, strengthening health care system resilience, expanding access to care for underserved communities, and investing in the next generation of health care professionals.    

In December 2021 Coco Point Fund applied for a grant from Henry Schein Cares for numerous supplies for the dental clinic.  The request included large box quantities of toothbrushes, gauze, floss, toothpaste, and many sterile sponges and supplies needed by the dentist for exams.     We are pleased to say that the grant was awarded in the Spring and the supplies reached the dental clinic!  Thank you again to the Henry Schein Foundation for their contribution.

Ms. Annie Marie Gore + Ms. Camelda Frank

AMBULANCE DONATION

AMR is part of the Global Medical Response family of companies, committed to a mission of providing care to the world at a moment’s notice.

Thanks to Dr. Hezedean Smith who facilitated the donation by introducing AMR to the Coco Point.  Dr. Smith along with a wonderful team in the operations group and significant assistance from the Barbuda Ocean Club and AMR Orlando personal were able to secure an ambulance for donation to Barbuda. 

It left Orlando, FL this month and is currently making its way through customs to Barbuda. Thank you again to AMR and Barbuda Ocean Club.   We have included photos of the old ambulance that is no in service due to its poor condition.  We are thrilled to assist with this new addition to the medical community of Barbuda!

Photos of the previous ambulance that was not in service due to its poor condition.

APPROVED PROJECTS

COMMUNITY AREA FENCING – The community area is a place where events, horse racing, weddings, community bbqs, etc. occur.  Barbuda Ocean Club has fixed up there area and asked Coco Point for a donation for materials to fence the area in.  There are many animals such as horses, donkeys and goats that have wandered in and disrupted the area.  The fence was desperately needed to preserve the space.  It has been installed and the community was able to celebrate Caribana here this month.   We were pleased to contribute to this project, as well as Barbuda Ocean Club and Paradise Found. 

BECOMING 2022

Last year the Fund was proud to contribute to BECOMING 2021, which was a HUGE SUCCESS!  This concept was created by Directors Cleo Isaac, Catie Kohler and Allyson Trunzer to empower the young girls of Barbuda. Campers attended over a 3-week period learning about healthy eating and meditation, participating in activities such as painting, dancing and carpentry lessons, and discussed interpersonal skills while being mentored.

This year they are expanding the program to more young women at a separate location and starting their first young mens’ program.   Last year we contributed $15K and this year we are being asked for $30K.    Along with Paradise Found we agree to this contribution.  We wish the ladies and young men best of luck for an educational and fun camp! 


Thank you in advance for considering ongoing donations!

2021 Year in Review

Dear Friends of Coco Point Fund (CPF),

As we near the end of 2021, we want to thank you again for your commitment to Barbuda and your generous contributions to the Coco Point Fund throughout the past year.

As we pull out the holiday decorations, wishing health and bright futures to our friends and families, we are reminded of how precious those things are in our lives and how much more there still is to do for those on the island we love.   The CPF is staying true to its mission and continues to assist the people of Barbuda in their recovery from hurricane Irma by addressing the many infrastructure, healthcare and education needs.

There were many successes this year in those arenas.  Because of your generous contributions thus far and the partnerships we have formed with the Jumby Bay Fund, Mill Reef Fund, and Barbuda Ocean Club, we were able to stretch donations to accomplish the projects below.  

Please enjoy our Year in Review and hearing about what more we have planned.

Summary of 2021 Efforts

INFRASTRUCTURE

CLEAN WATER is flowing in Barbuda!   The new 100,000 gallon water tank is operational and providing clean water 24/7 to all residents.  Please celebrate in this win with us that took almost 3 years to accomplish.  Despite the frustration at times working with the bureaucracy we did not give up! 

BUS STOP SHELTERS – Shelters are now functioning on the island.  While one remains to be built, four bus stop shelters provide shelter for those waiting to commute.  

DOCK SHELTER – This is a project to build a shelter at the ferry dock for 50 people so they will be protected from the elements as well as a storage locker for shipped goods.  We are awaiting final approval from the Antique and Barbuda Port Authority to erect a long needed shelter at the dock in Barbuda.

HEALTHCARE

The Wellness Center is one of the success stories of the year. It is up and running with people from the island using the facility often.    The Fund provided the material and the labor to accomplish this rehab the building.  The was a joint project with the Mill Reef Fund and Barbuda Ocean Club  and we are very proud of its success.  

While the center is a success, there are various needs that are still glaring that our Fund hopes to address in 2021.  The people of Barbuda are in need of an Ambulance as well as Dental Care and equipment.  If you would like to contribute or know of any connections to an entity with an old ambulance they might contribute or in Dentistry that might be able to help, please contact us.  

EDUCATION

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Our scholarship fund continues to support incredible candidates.   Each year the Coco Point Fund continues to ask for scholarship donations to allow more candidates to pursue their education. As it operates in it’s 22nd year it continues to be a critical resource. We have assisted 25 students in the last 5 years.

This year we spotlighted EZEKIEL FRANCIOS of the University of West Indies, Five Islands Campus who has put together many Outreach Campaigns on his campus, as well as STARR GEORGE at Waldorf University, studying Journalism.  You can read more about their success here on our blog.

RICCARDO NEDD received throughout my entire academic journey and recently conferred a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and Development, from the University of Salford.  He mentioned in a letter to the Fund that his recent degree opened the door for him to gain employment on Barbudan soil as the operations manager at the now Barbuda Ocean Club (formerly Coco Point).  Read Riccardo’s Letter Here.

Finally one of our largest success stories continues to be Allyson TrunzerShe has successfully trained as a dancer in New York, Toronto and Antiqua/ Barbuda and is currently enrolled in Shenandoah University working on a Bachelor of Arts in Dance program, as well as looking to add the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program to her studies.   Her passion is evident for the people of Barbuda – she is proud to be part of the special community and wants very much to help it expand.

This year, Allyson,  in conjunction Directors Cleo Isaac, Catie Kohler executed a concept called BECOMING 2021, to empower the young girls of Barbuda. Girls attended camp over a three week period and underwent intrapersonal and interpersonal development processes. They learned about healthy eating, meditation, participated in art projects, dancing and carpentry lessons, received mentoring and empowerment skills, gave back to the community with a beach cleanup, and got some pampering with hair and makeup! The Fund was thrilled to contribute to this event and to see its success.   Please view the photos of that amazing event.

Allyson has a vision for a Cultural Center on the Island for events such as this and more.  It is something the Board talks of often and may be a focus for 2022.  

Special Education

We strongly believe that the GREATEST long term gift we can give this island is a vastly improved educational system.  We are very focused on developing a special education program.  There are over 20 children under the age of 18 that are in desperate need of these services. A qualified person is currently running the program on a volunteer basis.

We recently received a meaningful gift from a donor to create a lasting program.  At the present time special education is our biggest focus to please consider a donation for this crucial need.  Stay tuned for our next newsletter with more on this story.

HELP US IN 2022

Please consider a donation to the Coco Point Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the Island and the people of Barbuda.

If you know of any other individuals or charitable foundations that might be interested in helping our mission, please let us know!

MAILING CHECKS
If you would like to mail a check to The CPF, please send checks to:
Coco Point Fund
c/o Joan Minshall
12 Oxford Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

WIRE FUNDS
If you would like to wire funds to The CPF, please contact cocopointfund@gmail.com for the wire instructions.

TRANSFERRING APPRECIATED STOCK
If you would like to transfer highly appreciated stock to The CPF, please contact cocopointfund@gmail.com for the wire instructions.

DONATE WITH PAYPAL
Donate with Paypal by using this link.  
 
REMINDER:   We NEVER co-mingle any of our funds with the Antiguan Government or the Barbuda Council. We are diligent shepherds of your very generous contributions.  Please contact any of our Board members should you have any questions or comments.

Thank you in advance for considering a donation this year end.  We wish you all the happiest and healthiest Holiday Season! Please visit our new and improved website at www.cocopointfund.org.
Sincerely,

The Coco Point Fund Board of Directors

Master’s Degree in Hand, Scholarship Recipient Returns to Work on the Island

Education has always been a key mission of the Coco Point Fund. Helping candidates to pursue their education, fulfill their passions and someday be able to return to the island and help their community is one of the most important uses of donations. Riccardo Nedd is an example of this, who not only attended University but went on for his Master’s degree. He has returned to the Island and is now the Operations Manager at the Barbuda Ocean Club. We received this letter from him that we would like to share, and wish him continued success as his professional journey begins!

“It fills my heart with much warmth knowing throughout the years Coco Point has been instrumental in my life.”

Dear Mr. Pierce and Mr. Reed,

I want to express my humblest appreciation to the Coco Point Trust Fund for every assistance received throughout my entire academic journey. Very recently I was conferred a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management and Development, from the University of Salford. 

It fills my heart with much warmth knowing throughout the years Coco Point has been instrumental in my life: from my early days as a child when a gentleman (who to this day I wish I could get the opportunity to meet again) from Coco Point gave me my first experience at catching a fish on a rod; to the many assistance from my college days, all the way through to the completion of my masters degree.

Permit me to also say that my recent degree has opened the door for me to gain employment on Barbudan soil as the operations manager at the now Barbuda Ocean Club (formerly Coco Point).

As I say thank you once more, I pray the fund will continue to assist the dreams of many young Barbudans like myself. 

My humblest regards,

Riccardo Nedd

Becoming 2021 Camp for Girls

The Fund was thrilled to contribute to BECOMING 2021, a concept put together by Directors Cleo Isaac, Catie Kohler, Allyson Trunzer to empower the young girls of Barbuda. Girls attended camp over a three week period and underwent intrapersonal and interpersonal development processes.

The campers learned about healthy eating, meditation, participated in art projects, dancing and carpentry lessons, received mentoring and empowerment skills, gave back to the community with a beach cleanup, and got some pampering with hair and makeup! The finale of the camp was a Summer Recital performed by the campers (program details shared below.)

The Directors reflected on the experience:

“Daily we could see their excitement, willingness and confidence growing.  The girls participated in a showcase on Friday, presenting their work through the realms of theatre, dance, art, media and music. Laughter, tears and words were shared as the girls expressed their love and gratitude for the camp.  This experience is truly something that they will never forget, and because of YOU, it was made possible.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!”

Photos and video footage will be airing on the Barbuda Channel. We are grateful to the directors and all the volunteers that are nourishing Barbuda’s community.

BECOMING SUMMER RECITAL
July 30, 2021 I Abundant Life Ministries
Directors: Cleo Isaac, Catie Kohler, Allyson Trunzer
Peer Leaders: Danielle Daley, Shakira James, Zemelia Thompson

WELCOMING REMARKS
Ms. Cleo Issac

“NOTHING MORE” – Alternate Routes

Trinity Ashton, Je’Kyla John, Zara Walters, Kzon John Jules, Keandrae Lee, Xiomora Morris

OPENING PRAYER
Pastor Clifton Francois
I AM…

Trinity Ashton, Eniecia Beazer, Shaziah Cephas, Danielle Daley, Shannay Gabbani, Cadelia Jacobs, Shakira James,
Je’Kyla John, K’Zon John Jules, Keandrae Lee, Jeniah Lewis, Lancia Lewis, Patrice Jeffrey, Azarah Nedd,
Riana Nedd, Reniah Nibbs, Xiomora Morris, Janiah Simon, Patrice Simon, Gregoryann Thomas, Zemelia Thompson,

Paris Walker, Janice Washington, Zara Walters, Makaida Whyte

“YOU GOTTA BE” – Des’ree
Trinity Ashton, Paris Walker, Zara Walters

MIRROR WORK

Danielle Daley, Kzon John Jules, Unique Simon

“TRY”—Colbie Calliat

Shannay Gabbani, Je’Kyla John, Keandrae Lee, Lancia Lewis, Xiomora Morris,

Reniah Nibbs, Unique Simon, Gregoryann Thomas

LETTER TO SELF
Shakira James

“PHENOMENAL WOMAN”—Maya Angelou

Shaziah Cephas, Shannay Gabbani, Cadelia Jacobs, Je’Kyla John, Kzon John Jules, Keandrae Lee, Jeniah Lewis, Lancia

Lewis, Xiomora Morris, Reniah Nibbs, Unique Simon, Gregoryann Thomas,

“OCEAN EYES”- Billie Eilish
Zemelia Thompson
“I WAS HERE” – Beyonce
Riana Nedd, Jeiniah Simon

INTERMISSION

STAND

Shaziah Cephas, Shannay Gabbani, Cadelia Jacobs, Je’Kyla John, K’Zon John Jules, Jeniah Lewis, Lancia Lewis,

Xiomora Morris, Reniah Nibbs, Gregoryann Thomas

“RISE UP” – Andra Day

Azarah Nedd, Patrice Simon, Janice Washington, Makaida Whyte

REFLECTION IN ME

Trinity Ashton, Eniecia Beazer, Danielle Daley Patrice Jeffrey, Azarah Nedd, Riana Nedd, Janiah Simon ,Paris Walker,

Zemelia Thompson, Janice Washington, Zara Walters, Makaida Whyte
“THIS IS ME” –Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble

Trinity Ashton, Eniecia Beazer, Shaziah Cephas, Danielle Daley, Shannay Gabbani, Cadelia Jacobs, Shakira James,
Je’Kyla John, K’Zon John Jules, Keandrae Lee, Jeniah Lewis, Lancia Lewis, Patrice Jeffrey, Azarah Nedd,
Riana Nedd, Reniah Nibbs, Xiomora Morris, Janiah Simon, Patrice Simon, Gregoryann Thomas, Zemelia Thompson,

Paris Walker, Janice Washington, Zara Walters, Makaida Whyte

CLOSING REMARKS
Cleo Isaac, Catie Kohler, Allyson Trunzer

We Hope You Enjoyed the Show!
The cast of BECOMING wish to extend a heart felt “Thank You” to our sponsors:

Coco Point Fund & Barbuda Ocean Club!

BECOMING acknowledges the generous community contributions from:

Mrs. Jenita Cuffy
Mr. & Mrs. Francois
Ms. Anne-Marie Gore
Ms. Adounisha Henry
Ms. Ella Hamilton
Ms. Paula Henry
Mr. McElroy Jeffrey
Mr. Nigel Joseph
Mr. Mark Kohler
Ms. Kelcina George & Mr. Oliver Trunzer
Mrs. Darlene Parker-Beazer
Mrs. Sharima Myers
Ms. Rishella Webber
Mrs. Sundara Punter
Ms. Sylvia Walker Nedd

Barbuda Youth Art Exhibit

Dear Coco Point Fund,

Thank you for your contribution toward the Barbuda Youth Art Workshop and Exhibition.  Over 25 young artists participated in this event which culminated at an Art Exhibit this Saturday at Abundant Life Ministries.  Fifty Barbudans attended the event where we awarded nine cash prizes to young artists who submitted entries in to the “Sunday Morning” Exhibit. 

Thanks again for your support!

CATIE KOHLER I DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

BARBUDA OCEAN CLUB

Spotlight on Our Scholarship Recipients

Dear Coco Point Fund Friends and Donors, 

As another school year approaches it’s end, we’ve been reflecting on all of our scholarships recipients and where they are in the world!

Each year the Coco Point Fund continues to ask for scholarship donations to allow more candidates to pursue their education. As it operates in it’s 22nd year it continues to be a critical resource. We have assisted 25 students in the last 5 years.

The scholarship fund was created to help assist worthy Barbudan students with partial scholarships to colleges and universities around the world. It was set up in order to provide educational opportunities for young residents of Barbuda wishing to pursue education beyond the level of education offered on Antigua and Barbuda and who intend to return to Barbuda following completion of their studies to give something back to their community.

It is truly amazing to see where students from Barbuda study, and how broad the subjects are. From education to hospitality, to computer science, to finance and medicine, students are gaining incredible knowledge that can be brought back to the Island to support its growth. The range of countries and schools is as far and wide as the subjects with students at institutions like Shenandoah University, Walden University, University of the West Indies, University of the Southern Caribbean, York University and Universidad Escula Latino Americana de Medicina.

We congratulate the following students below who are pursuing their studies – keep up the good work! And thank you for your continued donations making it possible for students like this to grow and return to Barbuda to help the Island prosper.

EZEKIEL FRANCIOS
University of West Indies, Five Islands Campus

Ezekiel is a great recipient who touched base with the Fund recently.   He explained his work creating a Constitution at his campus and his outreach efforts.  He explains here:

"At the UWI Five Islands Campus and every other UWI Campus we have a Guild of Students. I had the great opportunity to create our Constitution, which outlines all the roles and responsibilities of each and every member of the Guild of students. So, essentially I would have created my own roles and responsibilities. The Constitution was so well done that it is in the works currently to be adopted as the foundation for a "One Guild" Constitution, this is basically a constitution to govern all of the campuses as one unit."

"As Vice President the main role I had was to foster relations among students through the creation of Clubs and Societies. I was ecstatic at the fact that during the year we were able to successfully start about 15. These have been a huge success so far, with many students saying it has allowed them to experience University on a more social level."

"Another role as Vice President is to have different community outreach programs. The outreach program that I am most proud of is one that has helped the students in Barbuda. Basically what was done is that we sell merchandise based on Five Islands Campus and a percentage of the proceeds go towards the most improved Primary and Secondary school student to help with school supplies and other needs. Another program I have started is the Internship program to enable our students to receive valuable work experience while studying."

"The last project that I had recently concluded was a Continuity plan. This plan is to ensure that even after our current Guild is gone that a foundation is there to guide incoming Guilds for years to come."

 

 

SUPPLIES TO THE ELDERLY AND SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS 

Pictured below was another outreach projects that Ezekiel was involved in. “We were packing supplies that we received from a sponsorship with the supermarket, First Choice in Antigua. We had a lot of supplies such as small food stuffs and sanitation equipment. Each bag varied depending on the size of the family that we were distributing the bags to. We worked with someone from the Five Islands community to find those who were deemed to be most in need, with special focus on the elderly and single parent, low income households. Then the same day, directly after those pictures were taken we distributed the packages around the community.

The first picture with the 3 people, included myself in the red and the man in the chair was our principal at the time, Stafford Griffith, and the other person is the Guild President, Caleb Gardiner. The 2nd picture included the Guild members that were present and helped with the packaging and distribution of the bags.”

 

STARR GEORGE
Waldorf University, Journalism


I started Waldorf University on January 20th 2021. With my small time there for that semester I’ve been involved in a series of events like taste of the world where students come together to display a cuisine from their country to the school.
I’ve also been a part of the world student’s association where students have a place to come together and have fun and learn about different cultures and learn new things.

In that short time in WSA, my work didn’t go unnoticed, I was then crown Public Relations Journalist at the end of the semester.
I can’t wait to start next semester to continue doing my best!

 

A Letter to Inspire Our Continued Work!

Dear Coco Point Fund Friends and Donors,

While acts of charity, kindness and generosity are not done for acknowledgment or applause, letters like the one we received from Clifton Francois not only inspire us to continue the work we do but remind us of the needs on the island and how impactful we can be! 

Mr. Francois of the Barbuda Channel was gifted broadcasting equipment purchased by the Cocopoint Fund in order to upgrade his system to be compatible with current systems worldwide.   After receiving the equipment Mr. Francois emailed our President, Mike Smith the following:

You all continue to bring smiles to Barbudans with all you have been doing.  When you all came I really wanted to give up but this just really let me feel like someone really cares. May you all continue to be blessed and stay safe. Thank you again.”

Please read his formal letter below and if you’d like to see more from Barbuda Channel check them out on Facebook!

Remember your donations are so very meaningful and are changing lives! 

LETTER FROM CLIFTON FRANCOIS, BARBUDA CHANNEL  

From: Clifton Francois & Barbuda Channel Team.
Date: 12th February, 2021
Subject: Greatly appreciate your invaluable contribution.

Dear All,

It has been said that hard work and determination will pay off one day and certainly today is like a payback day for all the many years of my long labour in Barbuda. Words cannot express how I felt that day when I reached out Cocopoint Fund because everything we had was just failing and it was like there was no light at the end.

After reaching out to him, it was surprising to learn that Mr. Mike Smith and his team had made a visit to Barbuda. 

I was shocked that without hesitation you all came by the studio, saw what we were doing and promised that you will help to get it done. Today along with Catie (Ocean Club) and Annmarie and Bentham I was elated that your promise came to fruition and was made a reality, a dream come through.

Now, with thanks to you all, the Barbuda Channel’s quality will be like that of all the other stations.

I want to say keep doing what you all are doing and keep making people happy and making what seems like almost impossible goals, be reached.

I will never ever forget this day. I will keep praying strength for you all and that you all will be able to help many more people in the future.

Thank you all! Thank you all! l thank you all and I will never ever forget this contribution.
Yours Truly,
Clifton Francois

Winter on the Island

Dear Coco Point Fund Friends and Donors, While many of us hunkering down with blustering winter storms outside, our beloved island of Barbuda is glowing!  We thought in addition to a cup of hot chocolate maybe some of these photos would warm your heart. 

The house painting supplies sent by our Fund have produced some wonderfully cheerful homes on the Island, restored to their glory before the storm.   Enjoy these happy homes and some of the contributing faces who put our supplies to good use!!

Remember that your donations are always used promptly and to make a real impact.  Our current focus is dental equipment and medical testing equipment as the Wellness Center nears completion as well as shelters at the dock.  Your continued support is crucial – please consider giving today!

Hurricane Proof Homes Going Up

Twenty families in Barbuda were moved into newly repaired or rebuilt homes last month under the the European Union (EU) funded Housing Support to Barbuda project. Five of the houses required major repairs while fifteen new homes were built to replace ones which were destroyed in Hurricane Irma. The milestone represents the completion of the first phase of the project which is being led by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

These new homes should be much better able to withstand hurricanes in the future. We are hoping to see more homes built as the program continues.



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