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Barbadian-born international superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty’s mother, Monica Fenty (third from left), Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation Justine Lucas (centre) with representatives of the grantees of the micro grants. Representing the grantees are, (from left) Principal of St. Paul’s Primary, Sandra Small-Thompson; Principal of Westbury Primary, Rosalind Gittens; Combermere’s Principal, Vincent Fergusson; Head of English Department at The St. Michael School, Renee Thomas; and Director of Operation Tripple Threat (OTT), Janelle Headley.

CLF gives micro grants to five schools, non-profit organisation

YESTERDAY the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) handed over BDS$120 000 value in micro grants to five schools and a non-profit organisation.

Combermere, The St. Michael School, St. Paul’s Primary, Westbury Primary, Charles F Broome, and Operation Triple Threat (OTT), each received a BDS$20 000 cheque from the Foundation, which was founded by Barbadian-born international superstar Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in 2012.

The presentation which took place at the Radisson Aquatica, was attended by Rihanna’s mother Monica Fenty, who also assisted in presenting the cheques.

Executive Director of CLF, Justine Lucas, said the micro grants programme which supports primary and secondary schools and non-profit organisations with funding for youth development projects and academic programmes, is a prime example of CLF’s support for education.

“We have had a chance to spend time with each one of you, spend time at your schools, have seen the great work that you are doing, and we are just grateful to be in partnership with you, and really hope that these micro grants can make a really big difference,” Lucas said.

Each micro grant is valued at US$10 000. This is the CLF’s second time giving micro grants and grantees will receive renewal grants year on year.

Each cycle, CLF will work with recipients to assess what the highest need projects are. OTT, a developmental performing arts programme for students between ages seven and 21, is a new grantee.

Monica Fenty, stated that CLF was delighted to be able to make the contribution to the schools and non-profit organisation. She said she has visited the schools and has seen how the micro grants have benefitted students. Fenty suggested that even though the programmes may be small, they serve a valuable purpose in the lives of many young people.

“Even though they are small programmes, they prove valuable to the comfort and the development of the students, and we are very happy to be a part of that,” Fenty said. (AH)

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