Below are some current programs that DASSSA are actively engaged in where your financial support plays a crucial part either directly or indirectly. While our charity remit is to secondary schools and children, in Dominica, we will where possible provide help and assistance if it is of an educational value and inspires progress and self-development.
“Paddington Arts offers a unique series of ‘stepping stones’ for local young people, many of whom will use the project, its workshops and activities all the way through from 6 years old to 16 plus. Our workshop approach has proved its success in enhancing life skills and developing talent and leadership abilities from the youngest age group upwards”
Approaching our 30th Anniversary, this partnership with Paddington Arts represents DASSSA’s first in the UK. We believe, rather than take away vital funds from schools and students in Dominica, this will encourage more public interest, resulting in greater donations, Associate Membership and event participation.
The signed Memorandum of Understanding between the two Chairmen, Sylvester Defoe for DASSSA and Allen Hayling for Paddington Arts, provides for cross-promotion of events and interests, marketing and advertising opportunities as well as fundraising and networking collaboration.
DASSSA has recently responded to the call for financial assistance from the Achievement Learning Centre (ALC) in Roseau, which is a privately funded school for children with learning disabilities, by donating. The sum of £1,000.00 to help defray some of the school’s outstanding running costs. It has been agreed that DASSSA will continue to provide funds for this worthwhile Cause.
The ALC is a specialist school committed to meeting the needs of kids with autism, Down’s syndrome, and other related disorders. This type of “educational care” is not extensively provided for under the state social welfare, health or education departments. It is a fee-paying school but income falls short of expenditure because of the small number of pupils (12) and the inability of some parents to meet their commitments.
On-going financial sponsorship is provided for Dominican students attending the annual SPISE training course, which is a “Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering” hosted by the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), under the direction of eminent MIT professor Dr Cardinal Warde. Contributions over the years 2014, 2015 & 2016,, 2017 have amounted to US$1,000.00, US$500.00, £563.00 & £500 respectively.
The annual Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) is an intensive four-week enrichment residential summer program for gifted Caribbean high-school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The goal is to help address the low numbers of Caribbean students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering and to groom the next generation of science, engineering technology and business leaders in the Region. “The CSF firmly believes that the next “Google” can be started here in the Caribbean by one of these students, and just one such company would supply all the able-bodied persons in one of our smaller countries with high-paying jobs”.