“Alone we can do so little, together WE can do so much” Helen Miller
As Resources for Community Resilience, we prefer to talk about WE, as you, she, he and me, in other words as WE TOGETHER. The resources do not just reflect grants, but even more importantly also the community and all the persons who implement the projects and those who benefit from the projects. Therefore we will depict all the teams who are taking the lead in this program expanding this profile page with a team picture of every new project that will be on-board.
VNG International is the International Co-operation Agency of the Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG), which is one of the strongest and oldest associations of local government in the world. VNG International is a medium sized, dynamic company managing around 40 projects and programmes with a focus on institutional capacity building and setting up international partnerships. Core of the work of VNG International lies in furthering sustainable partnerships between local and regional state and non-state actors, linking the local and regional level with national institutions, advocating regional communities’ interests vis-à-vis the central government level and facilitating learning through transnational information dissemination and exchange of good practices. These activities are based on over 20 years of experience in strengthening local authorities, NGOs, training institutes and Ministries in European, development and transition countries. VNG International has been working on St Maarten in the context of the recovery and reconstruction efforts after hurricane Irma in 2017. Support provided include assistance to public authorities active in crisis and disaster management, and assistance in the context of the Building Back Better initiative.
The Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund (SXM TF) was set up to respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma in Sint Maarten on September 6, 2017. The SXM TF is a tripartite partnership of the Sint Maarten and Netherlands governments and the World Bank. The partners have put agencies in charge of the efforts: the Sint Maarten National Recovery Program Bureau, the Netherlands Ministry of Interior andKingdom Affairs, and the World Bank’s Caribbean Management Unit of the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. The SXM TF collaborates on projects with local partners including the local stakeholders in this R4CR program. The SXM TF is financed by the government of the Netherlands for up to 470 million euros, and is established for the benefit of the government and people of Sint Maarten.
''Communication, Collaboration, Creative and Critical Thinking’ are the four pillars that the Foresee Foundation leans on. Foresee Foundation, also known as the 4C-Foundation, was established in 2013 with a vision to bring 21st century learning to St. Maarten . The four ‘C’s represent the Foundation’s vision and also symbolize the importance of the skills needed for the 21st century in order to support St. Maarten’s education and civil society with innovative programs and projects. NPOwer (empowering Non- Profits Organizations -NPOs) is one of its latest projects. It started in 2019 with the aim to promote, connect and strengthen Civil Society Organizations.
St. Maarketing is a local media company and serves R4CR as the web developer and online technical support for www.r4cr.org. Lead Developer of the company Alston Lourens is no stranger to the CSO world, having served on many boards and within many projects on the island over the last 15 years.
With Media as his strong suit, St. Maarketing knows what CSO's need to do to get the word out and market their projects.