Amfo continues financing for after school and breakfast program

POSTED: 01/11/12 12:47 PM

St. Maarten – The Antillean Co-Financing Agency (Amfo) invests 823,082 guilders extending the Vessel for Success After school program and in continuing the breakfast program at the Milton Peters College that is run by the Maximizing Pupils Chances Foundation. Both projects were approved for financing late in 2011 and the agreements were signed recently.

Jessica Richardson (right) signs the financing agreement to continue the Afterschool Program in Belvedere in 2012 with on her left Project Officer Hendrickje Stoffels of Amfo going over the specifics. (Amfo photo)

The total grant to the Belvedere Community Foundation, which runs the Vessel for Success After school program, is 783,082 guilders. The money will be used to cover expenses for having an afterschool that caters year round to 250 youngsters and teenagers in the Belvedere area. Young people who participate in the program get a daily meal, homework guidance, sports, drama and craft. There is also a second chance education program for drop-outs and single mothers that has basic courses like customer service, time management, Quickbooks, sewing, leadership, computer, sewing and receptionist/front office clerk.
Roughly sixty children from underprivileged families benefit from the Maximizing Pupils Chances Foundation’s breakfast program, which focuses in providing a nutritious breakfast or something to eat during the morning break so that they can concentrate better in class, stay awake and not become “a nuisance to other students.” The program, which was launched in 2011, is run by volunteers, teachers and school counselors.

Flanked by Amfo director Reinoudt Karsdorp and Project Officer Hendrickje Stoffels, president of the Maximizing Pupils Chances Foundation, Mrs. Edith Richardson-Gabriel holding her renewed agreement. (Amfo photo)

Funding for both projects comes from aid provided by the Dutch government.

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