Through collaboration with many organizations that work with vulnerable groups, K1 Britannia Foundation’s Christmas Angels Program is a simple way to help a diverse target group ranging from children to the elderly.
Over 400 handmade Christmas angels will be hung up on two large Christmas trees at the Government Administration Building in Philipsburg, from next Thursday, December 1, to Monday December 5, between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to pass by, choose one or more special angels, buy a gift for the person who made the angel(s) and you get to keep the angel as a gift from that person.
Each angel was handmade with love by the program’s recipients. Each recipient is unique and vulnerable in their own way. The program allows them to be heard and seen, and gives them an opportunity to connect with the community in a special way, allowing them to have a special holiday season.
Below is more information on the various organizations that work with the various vulnerable groups that are part of the program:
Foster children and teenagers (up until age 18) are placed in foster care or “under protective measures” when a parent is not capable of caring for or raising the child, as well as when there is a form of threatening or violent interaction of a physical, psychological or sexual nature by a parent.
Sr. Basilia Center
Sr. Basilia Center caters to persons with an intellectual disability. Clients either attend their day program, live at their residence facility or have guidance at home. Emphasis is placed on the following skills when working with the clients: academic, physical, social and self-help.
Dr. J Transitional Shelter
The Transitional Shelter is a place where struggling individuals and families are able to find a roof over their head for a short period of time, while also getting guidance to transition out into society. Persons range from homeless pensioners to emergency victims and more.
Mental Health Foundation
Mental Health Foundation provides the most relevant psychiatric care services to the population of St. Maarten and neighbouring islands. Their mission includes prevention to mitigate as much as possible the negative impact of mental disorders on the wellbeing of individuals and on society.
With two active programs, namely UJIMA’s “Residential Therapeutic Home” and its “Day Program”, UJIMA aims to accommodate boys and girls 8-13 years old with an environment that fosters positive development and provides counselling and guidance along with individual child and family counselling.
District Nursing provides short-term or long-term care to clients who are getting older, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled.
Excellent Learning Academy Foundation
This is an organisation that offers educational and quality programs that cater to students with special needs, where they can get instructional learning through social, emotional and academic goals.
721 Kids Foundation
721 Kids Foundation is a non-profit organization that runs a dynamic playschool, after school program and summer camp for children ages 4-16 years old.
The primary goal of this free afternoon school program is to develop a model citizen with social skills and moral fibre. The sport of baseball is the vehicle through which these life lessons are displayed, practiced and internalized.
Some of the other organizations and groups in the program are Freegan Food Foundation Food Program Clients (children), Down Syndrome Foundation members and other vulnerable children.