On Wednesday, 14th May, more than 100 civil society professionals and stakeholders gathered at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad for the presentation of the 2014 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.
The 2014 award recipient is Adult Literacy Tutors Association.The JB Fernandes Award, which celebrates local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organisations that are national models of excellence and utilizing best practices in nonprofit management, is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust II. Established in 1992, ALTA’s mission is to provide national adult literacy programming. Today, with the support of trained volunteers, the organisation conducts literacy classes in more than 50 communities across Trinidad in churches, community centres and schools for nearly 2,000 students annually.
In addition, ALTA works tirelessly to develop and implement programming that boosts literacy in the larger community including special Reading Circles, which provide reading practice for ALTA students and graduates; adult literacy board games and more than 60 books at various literacy levels; a prison literacy program; and a soon-to-be-launched online literacy programme.
The award presentation was held at the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference, which was sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust and convened by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Veni Apwann on 14th – 15th May at the Hyatt. As the winning organisation, ALTA received a $5,000 US monetary donation.
A judging panel of local and international organisations and foundations selected ALTA as the award recipient and one special recognition honoree – birdsong.
birdsong was founded in 1973 with a principal objective of contributing to the continued development of the steel pan and its practitioners. Over the last 13 years, birdsong has grown to encompass a Steel Orchestra; two entrepreneurial “social enterprises” (a food crop farm and a landscaping/janitorial business); and birdsong Academy, which provides free youth music education to 300 students annually.
The JB Fernandes Memorial Trust congratulates the 2014 award winner and honorable mention who continue setting new standards of excellence in nonprofit management and pointing the way for other organizations to follow.
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