Central America

Central America – Current Programs

GRENADA

  • Grencoda
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2017
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Grencoda Student Assistance Program (SAP)
    Goals & Impact

    We worked with Grenada Community Development Agency (GRENCODA). This group has been committed to the development of Grenada’s rural communities since 1985. It’s mission is “to provide guidance and support to rural individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of life.”

    Highlights & detail

    “GRENCODA’s selection criterion for assistance is rigorous. Studies have shown that recipients of SAP value the assistance received from the program. They are particularly positive about the provision of school supplies (94%). Respondents also consider the assistance of playing as an important role in facilitating students’ attendance to school (85%). The ability to access secondary education and having the supplies necessary, in the form of books, uniforms, and assistance with examination fees have positively impacted on the confidence and self-esteem of recipients (92%)”.

    The programme currently provides support for books, uniforms, transportation, guidance/counseling, meals, parent training, education camps, student awards, and more.

    We’ve contributed $15,000 over a three year period to the Student Assistance Program. (2012, 2013, 2014).

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

  • Bequia - Scholarship fund and Grenadines Helping Hands Grant
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and the Alleviation of Poverty

    Goals & Impact

    We’ve sponsored students to attend the Sugar Mill Academy in St Vincent. It’s a private school with high academic standards for students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

    Highlights & Details

    The foundation funded education expenses to attend The Sugar Mill Academy, an academy for talented children of underprivileged families who require financial support for educational and transportation expenses. The foundation also funds children and adults to attend school and the University in Bequia, St. Vincent and Grenadines and Trinidad.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Scholarship - Shazelle
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    The Tidlund Foundation funds the education of Shazelle to attend University in Trinidad.

 

Central America – Completed Programs

GUATEMALA

  • Medical Services & Supplies, Construction, Water Testing, Computer Training
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2004
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health, Education and the Alleviation of Poverty

    The Guatemala experience is a wonderful example of the organic nature of the Foundation’s projects. Spearheaded by Dr. D., Anne Lossing, and Mary Tidlund it began with an idea to supply basic health and maternity education and services and medical supplies to a poor, remote village. When all was said and done, the volunteers not only ran a two-week medical clinic providing basic assistance, dental hygiene and optometry, but helped construct a learning centre, tested local water, gave computer lessons to more than 150 children and adults and laid the foundation for two separate micro-businesses. The Foundation bought a cement mixer for the construction project which the village can now rent out. We also provided three computers to the community, provided funds for a 17-year old local ‘computer whiz’ (Gonzalo) to give ongoing lessons and made arrangements with the local hotel to install the internet for a pay-for-use service, to generate funds from tourists.

    A group of 20 volunteers from Calgary, Canmore, Saskatoon and Costa Rica, paid their own way to Guatemala for two weeks in January to work with our Guatemalan partners Anne Lossing and Dr. Enrique. The team of medical professionals, construction workers and educators included: Dr. D., Lucas Dickson, Margaret Dickson, Tim Hull, Teresa Centanni, Greg Maher, Sheila Conacher, Brian Lewis, Jacqueline Lewis, Joanna Nightengale, Teghan Nightngale, Michael Turcot, Michael (Armando) Weiss, Christine Murray, Kathleen Murray, Jodi Denson, Sandra Oshanyk, Mark Gordon and Fabio Mora Median.

    Jackie and Brian Lewis were in charge of computer training. Despite a three-day electricity failure, they were able to accommodate everyone who wanted to learn. “We had an almost overwhelming response of people happy and eager to learn. With 150 people signed up, we scheduled 10 people per computer per hour. Before the hour was up, the next group was lined up for their turn.” Jackie says it was an incredible experience. “Through the computer, we were able to open up the world to them. We were able to make such a big difference in such a short time. We will definitely go again.” Within a month of returning to Canada, the Lewis’ raised $5,000 to fund ongoing help tok the village. The hotel owner agreed to install the internet if the $200 per month fee could be paid. The Foundation is pleased to have been part of the initiation of this project and will continue in a smaller way with medical and educational support.

HAITI

  • Housing, Education and Clean Water for Haiti
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2006 to 2012
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    Housing, Education, Clean Water For Haiti

    In Haiti we supported Lena Ambroise and her six children with housing and education, as well as the Haitian Street Kids, a small shelter for the street kids and runaway restavek slave children of Haiti. The Foundation also supports the Clean Water for Haiti effort, a micro-business teaching Haitians to build “BioSand Concrete Filters” that cost $50 CDN and ensure potable water.

MEXICO

  • Education Programs and Building Purchase
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2007 to 2012
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, CODENI and Vectra help Guadalajara street children.

    Goals & Impact

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation supported the CODENI initiative in Guadalajara, Mexico with $28,000 raised with Vectra Forum “EO Chapter of Calgary Alberta.” The money has helped improve conditions for children living and working on the streets there. The children – orphans or with destitute parents – sell snacks, clean windshields and juggle in the middle of major intersections. CODENI provides homework assistance and teaches the risks of living on the streets. Their mission is to empower the children through education. CODENI currently has 100 children and adolescents in its programs. The group also organizes sports and recreation. In March 2009, Vectra volunteers took 52 kids to the beach. For many, it was their first time seeing the ocean and having a chance to just play. Funds ($62,000) were also raised by Vectra Forum “EO Chapter of Calgary, Alberta” through the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation to purchase a building for the purpose of education outreach for street children in Guadalajara. CODENI matched this amount donated by Vectra.

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NICARAGUA

  • Playgrounds in Tortuga and Collorda
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: April 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and Health

    A team of 15 Canadian volunteers travelled to Nicaragua to build two playgrounds for the villages of Collado and Tortuga. These villages are located on the Pacific coast approximately 15 km from the northern border of Costa Rica near the beautiful beaches of San Juan del Sur.

    In Collado, the population is about 400 with 100 students attending school and another 100 children of preschool age in the immediate area. The village of Tortuga is comprised of approximately 1200 people.

    While in Nicaragua the team painted a school in the fishing village of Ostential. The locals were so thrilled that the following weekend they organized a painting party to complete the rest of the buildings.

    The youngest Canadian volunteer in the group attends a bilingual school in Calgary. He did three presentations in Spanish, to three schools, telling them about Canada and sharing about life in Calgary. His school exchanged letters and drawing from three classes and the Nicaraguan schools sent letters back with him.

    Canadian Volunteers
    Ted Lefebvre, Ron Vermeulen, Pam Vermeulen, Melanie Ottenbreit-Smith, Braxton Smith, Dillon Payne, Gary Vermeulen, Charlotte Vermeulen, Robert Gregory, Lynn Gregory, Mell Gregory, Deanna Gregory, Deb Cullen, Marilyn Payne, Randy Atchison – Engineer

    Volunteers in Nicaragua
    Jeanne Look, Marc Blatte, Fernando, Brian Goodman, Norlan Chavez, Hector Guadamuz, Janel Espinoza, Gerardo Toval, Enrique Cortez

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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

  • Bequia Playgrounds - 3
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2012
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and Health
    Bequia became the third Caribbean island to benefit from the playground-recycling program coordinated by MATCF and the Emmanuel Foundation. Three recycled and refurbished Calgary playgrounds were reconstructed in separate communities on the island, similar to programs in Tobago in 2010 and St. Vincent’s in 2011.

    The benefit for thousands of children is the opportunity for developmental play.

    MATCF has been pleased to partner with the Emmanuel Foundation to make the projects happen – taking care of shipping logistics and coordinating volunteers on the ground. MATCF’s Caribbean coordinator Andre Matthews was on site. The Bequia build was a collaboration of a number of additional groups: Bequia Mission, Rotary Club of Bequia, Action Bequia and Calgary volunteers with funding support from the D.C. Anderson Family Foundation and Roy and Erma Wilson.

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  • Sunshine School Project
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2011 to 2013
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and the Alleviation of Poverty

    Highlights & Details

    The two-year agreement is aimed at providing funding for general operating expenses including additional staff for the school. The Sunshine School had 30 students with physical and mental disabilities and has been operating in Bequia for 30 years.

    The Sunshine School
    http://www.bequiasunshineschool.org

  • Helping Hands Grant - Medical
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical

    The funding was provided for medical expenses including transportation and some accommodation for two Grenadine residents that struggled with cancer.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health and Education

    St. Vincent, Milton Cato Memorial Hospital

    Goals & Impact

    The goal of the partnership with the World Pediatric Project and The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital is to significantly enhance care provided to newborns in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Milton Cate Memorial Hospital in St. Vincent.

    Highlights & Details

    In partnership with the World Pediatric Project, nurse consultant, Katy, arrived in St. Vincent at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital NICU to implement an 8 month full time advisory position to the staff to address infection control, nutrition, intervention and management (availability of medications, functioning equipment, etc), patient charting, resuscitation, and a variety of other leadership areas. In April 2014, Katy’s position will transfer to to a full time local person.

    As part of our partnership, the World Pediatric Project and the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation are also exploring improved training and delivery of neo-natal care in nearby Bequia.

    Partners
    World Pediatic Project
    Milton Cato Memorial Hospital

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  • Bequia - Youth Expressions
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2014
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Goals & Impact

    The Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation supported a new initiative on the island in the spring of 2014 to engage local children in a constructive extracurricular activity, using art and music to help them use their imaginations and affect positive change in their relationships with themselves and their environment.

    Highlights & Details

    Held at Paget Farm Community Centre there were three sessions between February and April, with 15 students at each session. For many, it was a first experience painting or participating in any creative activity. The program saw the children transforming recycled cardboard and paper into fantastic set designs for performances of “A Whale’s Tale” and “A Cheetah’s Tale”, and their final masterpiece: a mural of the water cycle on the local elementary school wall (made using handmade paintbrushes and paint from local businesses that would have otherwise been thrown out). The environmental focus of the program inspired the children to take ownership in keeping the grounds around the community centre tidy. The passion and commitment from facilitators Lila and Nicholas will leave a lasting impression on those who participated and the community.

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  • The Learning Center
    STATUS: Current
    TIMEFRAME: 2012 to 2015
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education and the Alleviation of Poverty

    Goals & Impact

    A tutorial program for the children of Bequia, The Learning Center is dedicated to helping any child reach his/her maximum potential within the current Grenadine School system.

    The children are proud to be a part of this program and the community can see its impact. A neighbour said, “I don’t know what you are doing down at that LC but the kids come running down the street after school with big smiles on their faces.”

    Goals & Impact

    The picturesque island of Bequia, seven miles square and part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is home to just under 5,000 people, many of them school children who are in need of help in language arts studies. Many families seek the opportunity to improve their children’s education and are often frustrated in finding additional help. Often, the child/student is in a single parent home situation and in need of assistance or at times living with an extended member of the family.

    Currently, more than 80 students are attending the Learning Centre, with many on the wait list. This program has been so successful that it’s model has been adapted by other programs on the island. In the fall of 2014 a shipment of furniture and equipment was sent (in partnership with the Emmanuel Foundation) including desks, shelves and tables. A math teacher has been hired and the students are taking full advantage of her expertise. Ray and Dawn are currently mentoring a local so they may transfer the program so it may become a locally run program.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

  • Playgrounds - 3
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2010
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Education

    Three Playgrounds in Two-and-a-Half Weeks

    In January of 2010, a joint team of representatives from the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation and Emmanuel Foundation headed down to Tobago to install playgrounds in the communities of Scarborough, Castara and L’anse Fourmi.
    Used playgrounds from the City of Calgary were shipped via container through the generous donation of AMJ Campbell International.
    The lasting legacy is the addition of bright red, yellow, green and blue play structures to the landscape, symbolizing community – the joy of connecting by coming together to work and play.

    The playgrounds were constructed in the following communities:

    Scarborough – 600 children in school
    Castara – 100 children in school and approximately 1000 per month due to access to the facility from the adjacent beach
    L’anse Fourmi – 40 children in school; 100 children in the surrounding community
    Here is an article on the playgrounds published by a Calgary writer:

    Play it Forward
    Krista Sylvester
    16 September 2009 05:10
    For two Alberta charitable foundations, children’s playgrounds are more than just child’s play — to a child across the world it can bring a smile to their sad faces.

    That’s why volunteers with the Emmanuel Foundation (EF) and the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation are working with the City of Calgary to recycle old and used playgrounds from the city and bring them to children in other countries who haven’t even seen one before.

    “When you see their faces light up and three or four hundred kids jumping on the playground — it’s amazing, there is nothing like it,” EF executive director Lyle Johnson said as he loaded a truck destined for Tobago.
    Johnson helps bring old playgrounds worth $30,000 to $50,000 to developing countries like Trinidad and Kenya, but says the City of Calgary is a huge factor.

    “Otherwise they would just go to waste so we thought this was a great idea. We have really hit a home run, it’s been very successful.”
    – Metro Calgary

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  • Health Care Project
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2005
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    Trinidad/Canada Health Care Project

    The Trinidad/Canada Health Care Project was founded in 2005. We were invited to deliver medical programs in several rural areas. Nurses and volunteers tested for high blood pressure and diabetes, and taught nutrition and health. Babies, children, and adults were treated daily. In Tobago, we donated food, school supplies, and toys to the Jesus Cares Family Cottage Orphanage.

    Roy and Erma Wilson funded the Trinidad/Canada Health Care Project in November, 2005. Andre Matthews was our on-the-ground Trinidad and Tobago organizer. The medical team worked with the Trinidad Tobago Family Planning Association, headed by Dona Da Costa Matinez and Anna Maynard, who invited our organization to participate in a medical program in three rural areas of Barrackpore, Rio Claro, Maruga, and Grande Chemin in Trinidad.

    Dr. Violet Shadd from Kitchener, Ontario and Dr. Glenn Gould from Calgary, Alberta volunteered with three nurses, Lori Wilson from Airdrie, Alberta, Nicole Entz of High River, Alberta, and Lise Brisebois-Blouin of Okotoks, Alberta.

    Dr. Violet Shadd assisted in the Pap Smear Clinics and Dr. Glenn Gould in the Prostate Testing. The nurses consulted and taught information on diabetics, nutrition, hypertension, and sexual health care. The Family Planning Association provided a 40 foot mobile pap smear clinic for the use in this program. Any irregularities in the information and testing that was taken was followed up with further follow up monitoring and testing in the Family Planning Association.

    In Tobago, the Foundation purchased over $500 in food, and the team donated many school supplies and toys for the Jesus Cares Family Cottage Orphanage in Tobago.

  • Medical Clinic for Inner City Poor
    STATUS: Completed
    TIMEFRAME: 2004
    TYPE OF PROJECT: Health

    This project marked the first time the Foundation has operated in a major city outside Canada. The team traveled daily to a clinic set up in a community center in Diego Martin and the patients were shuttled from a poor community in Port of Spain. The volunteers in the clinics tested for high blood pressure and diabetes, and taught classes on nutrition, women’s health, moms, and babies. Patients ranging from babies, children, students, adults, and seniors were treated daily.

    Our Canadian volunteers were: Dr.Violet Shadd and Dr. Gulshan Lodhi from Kitchener, Ontario, Shannon Wilson, Lori Wilson and Taryn Knowler, nurses from Calgary and Dr. Nii Ani, dentist from Calgary. Trinidad volunteers who joined our team included optometrist Jacinta Chin Aleong, and a nurse from Trinidad. Rotarians Danny Jaggernauth and Inez Sinanan headed up the project with many hours of volunteer time. A number of generous Rotarians provided the accommodation and meals during our stay in Trinidad. Andre Matthews gave us tremendous support. Dr. Rudhi Rickhi and family also provided accommodation and support. Medical supplies were supplied by the Foundation with a generous donation from John Black with Apotex.