One Eleuthera News
The old Rock Sound Club, now known as the Center for Training and Innovation (CTI), was leased to the One Eleuthera Foundation in August of 2015, and officially purchased on May 17th, 2016. What our partners at CTI have done with the property thus far, is one for the books, and worth highlighting! What is most impressive right now is the entity we are temporarily calling, “Hotel CTI”, which recently underwent full inspection by Ministry of Tourism officals.
CTI project manager, Audrey Carey informed us that there are currently twelve rooms up for booking. She also filled us in on some of the room amenities, which include two queen or two king size beds, air conditioning, hot water, an iron and iron board, a coffee maker and a safe. Cable and internet are not yet included, but they will be coming soon. We await results from the inspections.
Please enjoy these photos of the site.
Eleuthera, Bahamas-- One Eleuthera Foundation and Susan G. Komen’s Breast Cancer Outreach Program (BCOP) manned an informational booth at Susan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure on January 14th, 2017. Community Outreach Assistant, Shapreka Clarke and Administrator for Cancer Society Eleuthera, Chinnici McDonald, travelled to Nassau for the event.
Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure is hosted every year in Nassau to celebrate survivors, to honor those who have lost their battle, and to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The event catered to well over 1000 participants and nearly 200 breast cancer survivors were honored.
The event included booths organized in the “Race Village”, participation in a 5K run/walk, and a ceremony that highlighted breast cancer survivors. In this ceremony, first, second, and third place winners wer awarded prizes.
A heart tugging moment during the ceremony came from a 24-year-old breast cancer survivor. Zitalia Fox told her story about being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and her decision to have a double mastectomy. Zitalia’s strength and bravery was truly inspiring.
“This was a great opportunity to share information about the Breast Cancer Outreach Program and our impact on Eleuthera. At the event we were able to network and make connections with other organizations present. I truly enjoyed the event and hope to return again”, said Community Outreach Assistant Shapreka.
Our team took a trip to the ever-so-amazing farm at the Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI), and what a treat we got! CTI trainee, Taran Mackey, was extremely accommodating, friendly, and knowledgeable about the impressive farm produce and it showed as we journeyed through the various sections of the field.
Mr Errol McPhee is a native of Millars, Bannerman Town, Eleuthera. He has been working indirectly with One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) since 2008 when he helped with developing the shared vision for South Eleuthera and gave his perspective on the educational needs of Eleutherans. Having made significant contributions to the vision for Eleuthera from 2008 and with over 35 years of experience in education, Errol became a formal employee of OEF in October 2014.
Originally from San Salvador, Mr Kenneth Jones is a 46 year old resident of Rock Sound, Eleuthera were he currently lives with his wife and their two daughters. Kenneth is enrolled in the Centre for Training and Innovation (CTI) Landscaping Learn and Earn Program. Before moving to Eleuthera, Kenneth was working as a plumber and pool attendant at Club Med in San Salvador.
On Eleuthera, unemployment is estimated to be as high as 70% in some areas and poverty is correspondingly high, with an estimated 20.3% of Eleutherans living in poverty, as reported in the State of the Nation Report 2016. It is a known fact that these two economic problems can be key causes of crime and require innovative solutions.
Nassau, Bahamas-- On Thursday, December 8th, The National Development Plan Secretariat in collaboration with the University of The Bahamas hosted a National Conclave under the theme #15 Goals To Greatness. One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) CEO, Mr Shaun Ingraham, was a panelist leading the topic: "Partnerships and Social Enterprise in National Development".