Congratulations to the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, the winner of the 2016 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago!
The National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) was originally established on December 5, 1964 to promote the reintegration of those who had contracted polio into society.
The vision of the organisation has significantly evolved over the decades as NCPD works tirelessly to promote and create opportunities for social inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Today, the Centre is the only vocational rehabilitation centre in the country providing hundreds of individuals with the best opportunities for vocational growth and success.
Over the years, NCPD has developed a portfolio of entrepreneurial activities linked to the skill training offered at the centre. Thanks to their expertise in the area, NCPD has become well sought after locally, regionally and internationally, for their work in promoting equalization of opportunities, rights and freedoms of people with disabilities (PWDs). Services include vocational assessment and vocational rehabilitation training, business services, consultancy and advocacy.
Vocational Rehabilitation Training – The cornerstone of NCPD’s work is its Vocational Rehabilitation Training program, which started with less than 25 trainees and today boasts an enrolment of 250 trainees and apprentices. These program participants are building skills and gaining vital experience in Agriculture/Horticulture, Beauty Culture, Food Production, Garment Construction, Office Administration, Welding, Bookbinding and Woodwork.
Graduates are certified by the Ministry of Education‘s National Examinations Council and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification, National Training Agency. Trainees also participate in remedial education, life skills, computer literacy, entrepreneurial skills, music, art, craft and sports and have access to counseling services. Additionally, NCPD’s also provides job placement to graduates and ongoing support to help them transition into the world of work.
Social Entrepreneurship: Business Services – NCPD has developed a business portfolio, marketing high quality products and services in the fields in which it offers training. This allows NCPD to supplement its income from other sources by generating revenue and pursue economic self-reliance for the organisation. This also creates opportunities for trainees to gain on the-job training, enhancing their competitiveness in the job market.
Consultative Services and Advocacy – NCPD provides consultative services to the public and private sectors in their promotion of equalization of opportunities for PWDs, and advocacy and research are an integral part of NCPD’s work. This advocacy work was instrumental in influencing the development of national policies on disability in seven countries in the English-Speaking Caribbean. The influence of NCPD’s advocacy also has been felt at home in Trinidad and Tobago with the adoption of a National Policy on Persons with Disabilities as well as the 2015 ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
2016 SPECIAL RECOGNITION HONOREES – JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago
ARRIVE ALIVE was launched in 2004 to raise national awareness about the importance of road safety and road carnage in Trinidad and Tobago. Through the efforts of many, including local entertainers, corporate sponsors, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Arrive Alive’s collective work – education, advocacy and support – has been focused on the problems faced on the nation’s roadways, including driving under the influence, lack of enforcement for speed limits and high road fatality rates.
THE ESIMAJE FOUNDATION’s mission is to empower men to take full advantage of available opportunities that foster healthy fatherhood functioning, positive leadership and accountability in the home, community and nation. The Foundation’s programs are focused in four key areas — parenting education, social crime prevention and economic development, self-esteem to achieve goals, and a scholarship fund.
MOMS FOR LITERACY attacks the problem of illiteracy in Trinidad and Tobago at its root, delivering customized literacy programs to children and providing guidance counseling for parents on education and social issues. To date, the organisation has supported literacy development in over 50 schools, 28 communities, and over 10,000 individuals have attended various workshops and classes.
The JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago was established in 2012 to honor local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organizations that are national models of excellence, improving their communities and utilizing best practices in non-profit management. The 2016 Award was presented at the 2016 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar on 24th May at the Hyatt Trinidad.