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St. Maarten youth sharpening skills and building for the future
The Daily Herald - Weekender

K1 Britannia Foundation partnered with National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) to provide a fully sponsored six-month carpentry course – courtesy of Holland America Line and The Dutch Disaster Fund.

The course is MIC Institute of Technology certified, where youths decided to take on the challenge to learn the ins and outs of carpentry. Fast-forward to today, and the students are on their way to graduation and are sharing their experiences thus far.

We asked them the following questions..

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Six K1 DIRECT members trained in emergency medical response
The Daily Herald

Six K1 DIRECT St. Maarten members have completed their Emergency Medical Response (EMR) training facilitated by Windward Islands Emergency Medical Services (WIEMS).

The training certifies the members for the next two years. The theoretical and practical trainings were conducted over a four-month period and consisted of two evening sessions per week of theory and several weekend sessions of practical training and assessments.

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Meet your local K1 DIRECT disaster relief responders!
The Daily Herald - Weekender

As the hurricane season dawns on us, we would like to take notice of the group of talented volunteers committing their time to participate in rigorous trainings to adequately prepare for disaster situations.

While hurricanes are ultimately inescapable, K1 Britannia Foundation realised that a long-term solution must be put in place to be prepared; K1 DIRECT which is comprised of those very volunteers.

On St. Maarten, there are approximately 20 volunteers who all have been vetted and selected to be a part of K1 DIRECT (Disaster Relief & Crisis Team). Since 2018, they have been undergoing trainings, made possible by Carnival Cruise Line and the Dutch Disaster Fund. Through their experiences post-Irma and K1 DIRECT, they all feel better prepared to assist their community in case of an emergency.

We asked them..

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Holland America Line hosts luncheon for K1 students
The Daily Herald

K1 Britannia Foundation and National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) construction students were recently invited to tour Holland America Line’s vessel MS Koningsdam.

Holland America Line (HAL) is one of the biggest sponsors of the K1-NIPA construction course and the sponsors chose to host the youth of St. Maarten along with K1 staff onboard for a special luncheon.

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Over 40 Participants complete UNDAC and K1 Disaster Response Course
Relief Web

Over the duration of two weeks, Mr. Jacob “Sjaak” Seen, Multidisciplinary Operational Team Leader of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team facilitated a concentrated two-week Disaster Response Course for K1’s Disaster Relief and Crisis Team (DIRECT). Over 40 participants including persons of K1 DIRECT Curacao, K1 DIRECT St. Maarten, Windward Islands Emergency Medical Services (Wiems), Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, members of the Fire Department, and Emergency Support Function 7 (ESF7) have now completed the training, having gained the skills and knowledge needed to effectively administer relief in the wake of a disaster.

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K1 Britannia disaster, crisis team launched on Curaçao
Curacao Chronicle

K1 Britannia Foundation formed and launched a Disaster Relief and Crisis Team called K1 DIRECT in St. Maarten in September 2018. Shortly after assembling the team in St. Maarten, K1 initiated a branch of DIRECT in Curaçao and will be strengthening the team this year.

The decision to develop a branch in Curaçao stemmed from several reasons, including the need to be dependable in their commitments to the government of St. Maarten (in the roles of shelter management, first response, and mass distribution), the strategic location of Curaçao and the risk of a disaster striking St. Maarten and affecting the team.

In the wake of a disaster, the team in St. Maarten would potentially become victims and would not be able to assist at their full capacity due to extreme damage to their homes, loss of belongings and other personal tribulations.

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K1 Britannia to host library project for 2019 SXM DOET
The Daily Herald

For the fifth year in a row, K1 Britannia Foundation is taking part in the annual SXM DOET event. The foundation will be hosting two projects aiming to stimulate reading and storytelling throughout the community.

SXM DOET is an initiative that facilitates country-wide volunteering, which encourages altruism and community bonding. This initiative ensures that the community organisations get the help they need, while cultivating a sense of fulfilment for the volunteers.

K1’s main project on Friday, March 15, “Help build little free libraries,” is in need of 7-10 volunteers. The inspiration behind the project is seeing the recent temporary closure of St. Maarten Jubilee Library and the need to facilitate learning and leisure reading by easy access to reading materials.

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K1 DIRECT completes CPR & First Aid Training
SMN News

K1 Britannia Foundation recently formed and launched a Disaster Relief and Crisis Team called K1 DIRECT.

Since its launch, 20 vetted volunteer members including K1 staff have been undergoing a series of trainings to properly equip themselves with the tools and expertise necessary to tackle a disaster locally or in the region.

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Jacob Brown donates sports equipment to K1 Britannia
The Daily Herald

K1 Britannia Foundation recently received a donation of sports equipment from a New Jersey family currently visiting St. Maarten. The Brown family has been coming to St. Maarten for more than 43 years and wanted to help the island after hearing about Hurricane Irma damaging most of the island.

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K1 Visits Curaçao To Recruit Volunteers For Disaster Relief
Curacao Chronicle

K1 Britannia Foundation is a non-profit organization established on the island of St. Maarten in 2014. With a focus on second chance programs for vulnerable youth, educational, emotional and extracurricular support for those in foster care, maritime projects, and an extensive volunteer program, the foundation has worked with government and other organizations to serve vulnerable persons.

In 2017, K1 was depended on to lead various aspects of the disaster relief efforts with very limited resources and no advance preparation or training for volunteers. Disaster relief has since become one of the main focuses of the foundation.

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The 38th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Raises Funds for Local Foundations
Heineken Regatta

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, organizers of the annual St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have announced to use the Caribbean’s key maritime and cultural event to raise awareness and funds needed to rebuild the island of St. Maarten. The 38th edition will aim to raise funds for dedicated marine, humanitarian and environmental efforts through the K1 Britannia Foundation, the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, the St. Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation and the St. Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation.

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K1 Britannia focuses on children while rebuilding St. Maarten
SMN-N

PHILIPSBURG:--- As K1 Britannia Foundation continues to look for ways to rebuild our island, it collaborated with a group of 6 contractors, led by Jacob Bonds of Jacob Bonds Quality Builders to bring them to St. Maarten where they volunteered their time, tools and expertise to work with the foundation to rebuild and repair a total of 5 various institutions within the 9 days they spent on the island. During the week of the work, over $11,500 was spent via all parties on materials and logistics to build and repair these institutions that work with our children.

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