John Sandiford of the RebuildSXM organisation (right), Den Bosch Alderman Paul Kagie (centre) and Jerome Moniz of the Dutch Caribbean grassroots organisation Nos Baranka.

 

DEN BOSCH--The Dutch municipality Den Bosch, on Wednesday, made a sizable contribution to St. Maarten’s Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) School. The donation of 17,700 euros will be used for the purchase of new computer equipment for the primary and secondary schools.

The Dutch Caribbean grassroots organisation in Den Bosch, Nos Baranka, was instrumental in arranging the donation from the Municipality Den Bosch. The RebuildSXM Foundation in the Netherlands brought Nos Baranka and the Municipality in contact with the Foresee Foundation (4C) in St. Maarten.

The Foresee Foundation selected the MAC schools as the beneficiaries of this donation since the school can very well use new computer equipment. John Sandiford of RebuildSXM was present at the municipal hall in Den Bosch on Wednesday, on behalf of the Foresee Foundation.

The donation was the result of a decision of the Municipal Council of Den Bosch to assist St. Maarten after Hurricane Irma. The Council adopted a motion to offer sustainable assistance to the island and its residents. The Council of the Mayor and the Aldermen approved the proposal and saw to it that it was carried out.

The Foresee Foundation has already been involved in a number of projects in St. Maarten that focus on digital awareness and development: DigiKidz, DigiTeenz and DigiWorkz. The 4Cs stand for Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical-thinking. The Foundation, established in 2013, aims to bring 21st century learning to the St. Maarten classroom. It also established the MediaLab programme at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library and organised the Caribbean Technology in Education Conference and Expo CTEC.

RebuildSXM is an organisation that was set up by a group of St. Maarten young professionals living in the Netherlands after Hurricane Irma. The organisation has been collecting funds with which they want to provide lasting, sustainable help to “the people back home.”

The first large donation, more than 4,000 pieces of sports items and school materials, was delivered by RebuildSXM team members at the public schools, a number of playschools and sports organisations in St. Maarten in March 2018.