Down Syndrome St. Maarten and Caribbean Foundation (DSSCF)

Project Name

Grant Amount (USD)

Implementation Period


Down is Up Thrive Center


1 Sep 2023 – 30 Apr 2024

Day care centers / Afternoon school programs and activities

About the Project

There are currently no after school facilities catering to children and young adults with Down Syndrome. This leads to this vulnerable group of children being excluded from many activities that could benefit them. The DSF will create a center where activities can be organized and guidance given to at least 20 children to help them thrive.

The grant will be used to refurbish a house that has been made available to the DSF free of charge by the homeowner. The leaks on the roof will be repaired and the interior will be adapted and upgraded.

About the Organization

DSSCF was established by two parents of children with Down Syndrome (DS) along with two other members to foster the overall development of persons with Down syndrome. 

The Foundation envisions for all persons with DS to achieve their full potential, gain relative independence, and become active members in their communities. They also offer support to parents and caregivers of persons with DS , raise awareness and foster a sense of belonging, promoting community acceptance.