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Prime Minister Jacobs Attends High-Level Event on Early Warning Systems

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs Silveria Jacobs, representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands, attended a high-level side event yesterday on the critical importance of early warning systems. The event was hosted the Permanent Mission of the Independent State of Samoa to the United Nations as a discussion on how to mitigate the impact of climate change-related disasters.

The gathering emphasized the significance of early warnings in saving lives and livelihoods in the face of extreme weather events and climate change. It was noted that early warning systems can significantly reduce damage, with an investment of just $800 million in developing countries potentially averting losses of $3-16 billion annually. Countries with substantial early warning coverage experience lower disaster mortality rates compared to those with limited coverage. However, it was highlighted that only half of the countries worldwide report having the capacity to alert their citizens about impending hazardous weather conditions. Small Island Developing States are faced with limited coverage, with only one-third reporting the existence of Multi-Hazard Early Warnings.

The event's agenda included opening remarks from notable figures in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction, including Hon. Mr. Schuster, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment from Samoa, Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Mr. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.

The high-level scene-setter featured Prime Minister H.E. Ms. Evelyn Wever-Croes of Aruba, representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Prime Minister H.E. Ms. Silveria Jacobs of Sint Maarten, Minister H.E. Ms. Khadeeja Naseem of the Republic of Maldives, Under-Secretary H.E. Mr. Pasi Hellmann of Finland, and Ms. Macia Wong, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator of USAID.

Discussions during the event covered topics such as innovative finance, systematic observations financing, and the role of non-state actors in empowering communities to respond effectively to early warnings.

“Sint Maarten faces severe vulnerabilities due to climate change and natural disasters, which have taken a toll on both its communities and economy. The island currently lacks a comprehensive early warning system, making it ill-prepared for impending threats. To address this critical issue, the government of St. Maarten has partnered with the European Union through the RESEMBID program to develop a comprehensive Early Warning System, focusing on capacity building and improved warning dissemination. Cross-border collaboration with French St. Martin is also crucial for a robust system. However, the establishment of such systems requires substantial resources that are often beyond the reach of SIDS.” Stated Prime Minister Jacobs during her address at this event.

The Prime Minister went on to say, “This is where the United Nations can play a pivotal role by providing the necessary financial and technological support, empowering vulnerable nations like Sint Maarten to build resilient and life-saving systems. Achieving these early warning systems is not only about disaster prevention but also about safeguarding lives, livelihoods, ecosystems, and contributing to global climate action in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. With UN assistance, Sint Maarten envisions a safer, more resilient future for its communities and environment.”


“Feminist Foreign Policy+ Group” Event to Highlight Gender Equality's Vital Role

SINT MAARTEN/UN HEADQUARTERS, New York— The Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs attended an event titled, “Feminist Foreign Policy+ Group,” took place at the United Nations Headquarters on Wednesday, September 20. The primary objective was to underscore the fundamental importance of gender equality in promoting global safety, health, and prosperity. In response to this imperative, numerous countries are embracing feminist approaches to their foreign policies, aiming to turn their commitments into tangible actions.

The event delved into the practical implementation of Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP) as a potent catalyst for positive change, particularly within the context of a complex geopolitical landscape. It served as a dynamic platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities in realizing FFP and sharing commitments among participants.

The anticipated outcomes include the reinvigorating political commitment to Feminist Foreign Policy, facilitated through constructive dialogues between Ministers, civil society representatives, and feminist thought leaders. Furthermore, the event sought to inspire more countries to adopt feminist approaches within their foreign policy frameworks or formally declare explicit Feminist Foreign Policies. Key deliverables will included a declaration reaffirming dedication to feminist principles in foreign policy and a Chair's Summary capturing the commitments announced related to FFP and gender equality.

This event was hosted by a consortium of countries, including Chile, France, Germany, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mongolia, and Spain, on behalf of the FFP+ group in New York. Distinguished attendees include Prime Minister Jacobs as well as other Ministers of Foreign Affairs, high-level UN representatives, and civil society advocates. The agenda comprised informative panels, keynote segments, interactive discussions, and creative elements such as an interactive banner where participants shared their views on feminism.


Musical youth theater performance Rumannan Purunchi evokes nostalgia

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - The books 'Rumannan Purunchi' (RP) by Loekie Morales were recently distributed to Curaçao's primary and secondary schools. The Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKEF) is currently starting an interactive reading program at schools for Fundamental Education, which will last from mid-September to mid-December, BKEF said on Thursday in a press statement. The book has 204 pages and is about Auchi Moraal, who lives with her 10 children on the outskirts of Willemstad.

Teatro KadaKen has now received a subsidy from the Performing Arts Fund, the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund Caribbean and the Vriendenloterij Fund to allow the story of Rumannan Purunchi to serve as the basis for the musical youth theater production 'RUMANNAN PURUNCHI'. Teatro KadaKen has contracted theater maker Milushka Birge to write the script and direct the performance. Schools have also received teaching materials from this performance along with Morales' books. Groups 7 and 8 from the FO schools and the 1st and 2nd year of Secondary Education in Curaçao are currently visiting the performance until the end of November 2023.

The premiere took place last Saturday, September 16, in Aula Habaai in Curaçao. Loekie Morales really enjoyed the performance, in which five local actors Greysha Niebe, Gian van Eiker, Rachelle Le Blanc, Kionn Yung and Maxine Fabian shone in their performance.

The five actors perform 10 roles from the story and it is dynamic. With their professionalism and enthusiasm that radiates, they keep the visitors captivated.

This piece actually adds a 'third part' to the two volumes of this Caribbean family saga book (Freckle Bunch and Tropical Shelter). Natasha, a critical grandchild of Auchi Moraal, takes her mother, aunts and uncles to Curaçao to protest against the tourist developments. They pose a threat to their old neighborhood and parental home. During their stay, the Rumannan Purunchi experience nostalgic flashbacks from their youth.

The piece has several layers of emotion and a clear, realistic storyline. Sad moments alternate with humorous and serious moments.

Loekie Morales had to shed a tear at some scenes, and at other times she could laugh again. “The scenes alternate at the right pace and the language is easy to follow for young and old. The scenes are accompanied by sensitive, originally composed music by Eric Calmes, especially for Rumannan Purunchi. The play is fascinating, both in terms of story and acting. It is highly recommended for young and old to experience the theater play Rumannan Purunchi. Never a dull moment,” says Loekie Morales, author of the book of the same name.

“Beyond Kultura Events Foundation (BKEF), is very pleased with this musical theater performance, which is a unique asset as an 'intangible heritage' for both literature and Performing Arts in the Dutch Caribbean,” says Rita Aikman, treasurer of BKEF.

Lou Nisbet, executive producer of Teatro KadaKen is also very happy with this production. “Milushka Birge and the actors made it possible for the richness of the lives of the Moraal children to become visible. Teatro KadaKen considers it a privilege to be able to work with material that is so personal, that makes it special every time. The premiere was particularly special when a number of real Rumannan Purunchi were present in the audience.”

During the week there are approximately 2 performances of RP daily for schools. During the weekends the doors are open for families, young and old, to enjoy quality time together.

Tickets are naf. 12.50 for children up to 12 years old and Naf. 25 for young people and adults for sale at Boekhandel Mensings Caminada, Van der Tweel, Sentro di pago Tu y Yo, or online at Caribbean Ticketshop. As part of siman di kultura, Rumannan Purunchi will be played in Curaçao on Sunday, September 24 at 4:00 PM and on Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.



SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - A World Bank (WB) mission, led by Mr. Alex Kamurase visited Sint Maarten from September 11 to 15, 2023 to assess the progress of the Resources for Community Resilience program (R4CR).

The delegation also included Ms. Natalia Bavio, Financial Consultant and Ms. Chanelle Fingal, Social Development Consultant. Their primary objectives were to evaluate the overall progress, operational implementation and compliance of the R4CR program with the World Bank’s standards in the key areas of financial management, procurement, social and environmental safeguards.

During their visit, the World Bank team engaged with various other stakeholders, including the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) and R4CR's Project Technical Committee. Mr. Kamurase explained, "The general objective of the R4CR program is to improve the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and support the implementation of reconstruction and resilience subprojects at the community level."

The R4CR program includes a grant scheme as funding mechanism for community and social rehabilitation initiatives on Sint Maarten and also focuses on improving the capacity of local civil society organizations (CSOs) in reconstruction and resilience activities post hurricane Irma. The R4CR program consists of 3 components.

Component 1 provides small grants to local CSOs for social rehabilitation projects. Component 2 includes funds for capacity building activities and technical assistance for local CSOs while Component 3 covers project management costs.

The World Bank mission thoroughly reviewed these components and found that the R4CR program not only met but exceeded expectations in all three areas thereby earning a “satisfactory” rating.

In addition to the R4CR program assessment, the delegates had the opportunity to visit several R4CR projects currently in progress. They interacted directly with CSOs and their direct beneficiaries, gaining valuable insights into the program’s progress and impact.

The delegates had the unique opportunity to visit the pelican nesting site at Fort Amsterdam and the site of the new birdwatching platform at the Freedom Fighters roundabout. This was done under the guidance of Nature Foundation who received funding from R4CR for their birdwatching project.

The St Maarten Yacht Club Sailing School welcomed the delegation and introduced them to the boat “Nemo” designed to enable individuals with a disability to experience the exciting world of sailing.

The refurbished public pool at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex was the next stop of the tour where the team saw the first group of school children receiving swimming lessons after the pool had been closed for 8 weeks while works were being done to improve the facilities.

At the Mental Health Foundation the team got the opportunity to tour the almost completed therapy kitchen, a vital component of their client rehabilitation program. Animal welfare is also an important thematic area of the R4CR program and therefore the World Bank team made a stop at SXM PAWS in Cay Bay.

There they saw the refurbished kennels, upgraded storage facilities, and were enthusiastically greeted by the furry tenants. The St. Maarten Youth Council at the Rupert Maynard Community Center in St. Peters was the next stop on the tour where the team met with the youth leaders and saw the renovated kitchen and outdoor staircase that were part of the R4CR project. The community center is used for many out-of-school and youth activities.

The team of the NOW Generation Foundation welcomed the World Bank delegates to their new facility in the Plaza Building where they will provide training and support for young adults leaving the foster care system.

The facility is currently being furnished so the program can commence within a few weeks. This project is a collaborative effort between R4CR and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.

The final site visit was at the National Institute of Arts (NIA) where the mission got a small taste of the “Total Theatre” concept (a project whereby the arts are used as a therapeutic tool for youth). The delegates observed a ballet lesson and were witnessed a practice session of the youth orchestra.

The project review and site visits provided the World Bank delegates with a comprehensive understanding of R4CR-funded projects and their positive impacts on the community. Mr. Kamurase concluded, "We are very impressed with what we have seen and moving forward all stakeholders need to think about how to make these impacts sustainable after the R4CR program concludes at the end of 2024."

The R4CR program is financed by the Government of the Netherlands via the Sint Maarten Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is administered by the World Bank and monitored by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB). The R4CR program is being implemented by VNGI.

For more information about the R4CR program or a detailed review of all R4CR projects please visit or the Facebook page (R4CRSXM).

RCR 3 WB delegates visiting NOW Generation

WB delegates visiting NOW Generation

RCR 2 WB delegates visiting SXM Youth Council

WB delegates visiting SXM Youth Council

RCR 5 World Bank delegates Kamurasi c and Fingal l receiving explanation from Ranger Eusebio Richardson r during birdwatching tour

World Bank delegates Kamurasi (c) and Fingal (l) receiving explanation from Ranger Eusebio Richardson (r) during birdwatching tour.




Second Arrest made in Ongoing Investigation of Serious Assault with a Machete. Police seeking Public Assistance

SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - In connection with the serious assault incident that occurred on August 18th, 2023, in the Cole Bay area, where a victim was severely injured with a machete and involving more than one suspect, the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) is providing an update on the ongoing investigation.

On the day of the incident, the suspect, identified as J.S.H., was arrested by personnel of Detective Department. The first suspect was subsequently transported to the police station, where he was held pending further investigation. After being arraigned J.S.H. was questioning by personnel from the Major Crimes team.

Later in the day, a search was conducted at the suspect's residence, under the supervision of the investigative judge. During this operation, several items of interest were seized by the investigating officers.

As of the latest update, the suspect, J.S.H., remains in police custody as the investigation continues to gather crucial evidence and information related to the case. While substantial progress has been made with the arrest of a second suspect with the initials J.L.S.F. involved in this incident, the Major Crimes team is continuing actively seeking assistance from the public.

We urge anyone who possesses knowledge or information related to this incident to come forward and aid in our ongoing investigation. Your cooperation is invaluable in helping us resolve this matter effectively.

Please contact the KPSM's Major Crimes Department at +1 721 542 2222, extension 208, 223, or 214, to share any relevant information you may have. Additionally, you can choose to provide anonymous tips by calling the dedicated tip line at 9300.

The Sint Maarten Police Force expresses its gratitude to the community for their continued support and cooperation as we work tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our beloved island.


Dutch is Fun - Bilingual Puppet Show is BACK with Peggy Nibte and friends…

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Sint Maarten Library is excited to share the rescheduling of our “Read to Me” Dutch is Fun Puppet show for Saturday, September 30 2023, at the Sint Martin University, at 6pm to 7 pm.

Peggy Nibte, performer and a great storyteller, will serve as the puppeteer for the Dutch Is Fun Puppet Show.

Ms. Nibte was born in Paramaribo, Suriname, into a family of seven. She is the youngest of four girls and three boys. Her mother worked as a teacher, while her father served as a police officer. All of her brothers pursued careers in law enforcement, and her sisters all became lawyers.

Peggy Nibte became a teacher not by choice. However, she has dedicated over 29 years to the teaching profession and has been teaching on Sint Maarten since 2010. Her teaching journey has taken her from Marie Laurence to St. Dominic, Asha Stevens Hillside Christian Campus, and now the Helmich Snijder Campus. Peggy Nibte is also the proud mother of two children, a son and a daughter.

The Dutch is Fun Puppet Show is a component of the Babies and Toddlers campaign for 2023, and it is also a part of the international celebration for “September Literacy Month”.

Puppet shows are considered beneficial for early development due to their numerous cognitive, emotional, and social benefits for young children. All children age 2 to 8 and their parents are invited at the University of Sint Maarten to come out and not only enjoy a fun experience but also get excellent moral values from the story. Peggy Nibte via her storytelling session will guide the youngsters who will learn to apply positive attitudes reflected by the story and use them for their identity.

We also encourage you to bring a thick blanket with you for this outdoor activity. You can sit in the garden and the “Dutch is Fun” Puppet Show – “Enormuis / Enormouse”

The puppet show is based on the story written by Angie Morgan “Enormouse”. The Story will be presented in both languages of instruction in Sint Maarten. It is a charming and reassuring tale about friendship, staying true to oneself, and discovering where you truly belong- even if you may appear a bit different.

In a world filled with ever-evolving challenges and the constant pursuit of personal growth, “Enormouse” was selected to provide children with the tools they need to self-reflect, strengthen their self- esteem, celebrate their differences, and encourage their unwavering confidence. This empowering title is not just a story, but also a transformative guide on a journey towards self-discovery and empowerment.

In addition, part of the Dutch is Fun Puppet Show on Saturday, September 30, 2023, includes free face painting by Bernica Michel and the Charlotte Brookson after the show. Snacks and drinks available for purchase from Unicorn Flavored Popcorn Treats & More.

The University of Sint Maarten and Trucks Pro N.V. are the sponsors of this event.

SXM LIBRARY Saturday September 30 2023 Puppet show





Police Concerned about armed robbery incidents in Cole Bay Area

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) is deeply concerned about a series of armed robberies that have occurred throughout the past month in various locations across our beautiful island. Our priority is the safety and security of our residents and visitors, and we are taking immediate actions to address these incidents.

Incident Overview:

Several of these armed robberies have occurred in the vicinity of the Cole Bay Area, primarily targeting individuals leaving casinos in the area. Additionally, there have been reports of armed robberies committed by suspects on scooters, as well as on foot, targeting restaurants and supermarkets.

Police Response:

In response to these incidents, the Sint Maarten Police Force has intensified its efforts to prevent further occurrences and apprehend those responsible. We are actively working on strategies to increase public safety and restore a sense of security within our community.

Community Involvement:

We kindly request the cooperation of our residents and business owners in these challenging times. To enhance your safety, please remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, whether you are on the road or conducting business. If you witness any suspicious activity or have any information related to these robberies, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately.

Important Safety Tips: 

Stay aware of your surroundings.

If you notice any suspicious individuals or activities, report them to the police.

Use well-lit and populated areas when possible, especially during late hours.

When leaving a casino, be cautious and aware of your surroundings.

Business owners should ensure their security systems are in good working order.

We understand the concern and fear that these incidents may cause within our community. Please rest assured that the Sint Maarten Police Force is committed to doing everything in its power to ensure your safety and bring those responsible to justice.

We will continue to keep the public informed of our progress in this matter. Together, we can make our beautiful island a safer place for everyone.

The detectives investigating these armed robbery cases are asking anyone who has information about any of these robberies to contact the Sint Maarten Police Force, at +1 721- 542 22 22 ext. 204 or 205 or the anonymous tip line on 9300 (free of charge). You can also leave a Private Message via our Facebook page (Police Force of Sint Maarten – Korps Politie Sint Maarten) if you know or suspect something.


Juanly Abel Ramirez joins UP Party "Embracing Innovation for a Better Tomorrow"

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The political landscape in St. Maarten is buzzing with excitement as a fresh face enters the arena with a bold vision for the future. Juanly Abel-Ramirez, a dynamic and forward-thinking candidate, has officially announced her candidacy on the United People's Party (UP) slate, and she's bringing a message of proactivity, innovation, and change.

 "I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the Parliamentary Election in 2024 with the United People's Party," said Abel-Ramirez on Tuesday. 

With a passion for politics that ignited during her eye-opening experience working with a former politician in 2014, Abel-Ramirez knows the direct impact of political decisions on our communities. She firmly believes that the time for change is now and says her candidacy is driven by a commitment to shaping a better tomorrow for St. Maarten.

Abel-Ramirez was born in St. Maarten and is a longtime resident of Cole Bay to parents of Haitian descent. She understands the plight of people who struggle daily to make ends meet, and has worked for several years in the hospitality industry while raising three children. Candidate Abel-Ramirez believes these working-class people have been underrepresented for too long. 

Ramirez's platform centers on three key priorities: economic growth, support for local businesses, and revitalizing the tourism industry. She recognizes that these issues are deeply interconnected, and addressing them can lead to a brighter future for the working man and woman in St. Maarten.

"Local community businesses are a crucial aspect of the tourism industry," Abel-Ramirez said. "When managed effectively, tourism can significantly benefit the local population, creating increased job opportunities and development."

Her vision is to foster an environment that encourages local businesses to thrive, ultimately boosting the island's economy. Abel-Ramirez understands that this requires forward-thinking policies and a commitment to innovation.

Abel-Ramirez said joining the United People's Party was a natural step in her political journey. She conducted extensive research on the various political parties in St. Maarten and found that the UP Party's values and dedication aligned closely with her views.

"I want to be a part of that positive change," explained Abel-Ramirez in her press release. "Joining the UP party allows me to actively engage in the political process and contribute to the betterment of our beloved St. Maarten."

Abel-Ramirez draws inspiration from the outstanding work of two prominent United People's Party figures. She said Member of Parliament MP Rolando Brison, known for his remarkable accomplishments as the hardest working legislator in Parliament and implementing 21 laws, finding solutions for some of the island's most complex challenges. Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, the Honourable Omar Ottley, who has been a vocal advocate against the abuse of short-term labour contracts, has left a lasting impression on her.

She also commends MP Omar Ottley's impressive role as acting minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation, & Telecommunication TEATT while serving as VSA minister. Their commitment to bringing positive change to St. Maarten fuels Abel-Ramirez's determination to be a driving force for progress.

Abel-Ramirez says the electorate and the general public should view her entry into the political stage as a "call to action." "The future is not something we should passively wait for. We must actively create it through action and creativity in the present moment. Innovation and change are not distant goals but immediate opportunities," Abel-Ramirez stated.

She encourages residents "born here or born to be here to work together as a united community, to embrace opportunities, and to help shape a brighter tomorrow for St. Maarten."

With her proactive spirit and innovative vision, Juanly Abel Ramirez is poised to impact the future of St. Maarten significantly. Her candidacy represents a fresh, invigorating perspective that promises positive change and a better future. 


NIA: Start of new school year Princess Program

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - The National Institute of Arts (NIA) started the new school year the 14th of August with the fourth annual collaboration between the Bronxville Ballet NOT FOR SALE, director Ana Dimas and Arts Saves Lives’ director Nicole de Weever, the NIA said on Tuesday in a press statement.

NIA Director, Arlene Halley, is pleased to begin the 4th edition of the Princesses Program. The response is always overwhelming. The program is offered free of monthly costs for first time dance students from 3 to 9 years old.

They receive a Princess dance dress for their class uniform which Miss Ana Dimas personally ships to St. Maarten. The dresses are her design and manufactured according to her instructions. This school year Ms. Ana has donated 32 dresses to NIA, this year’s participating “princesses” have already received their lilac-colored dresses which they joyfully sport every class.

In the last three years NIA has introduced 70 first-time ballerinas, between the ages of 3 and 9 years old, to the joy of ballet class once a week. Ms. Arlene maintains that this initiative has cemented a student base for the school; that NIA has been able to entice students as well as parents to continue with classes after the free introductory year.

This philanthropic gesture is without doubt an investment in the Arts on St. Maarten for which we are so grateful. Through its continuity during these four years, it has secured a level-based structured program for the ballerinas.

The vision and motivation of Ms. Ana is best encapsuled as follows: The Bronxville Ballet NOT FOR SALE is Ana Dimas’ nonprofit foundation that takes its name from the notion that the best things in life are indeed, NOT FOR SALE. The best things in life should be given away. In Ana’s desire to give back to the community, she is collaborating with studios around the world offering the joy of Ballet to those in need or with special needs, the hope of Ana’s program is of having the girls learn new skills, gain a positive self-image and have a chance to be a “princess”.

Ms. Nicole de Weever is no stranger to our community! Every year she conducts a one-week summer program with her foundation Art Saves Lives free of charge on the island. She clearly remembers her ‘Princess’ days at the Motiance Dance School and thinks that every young child deserves a helping hand to the performing arts.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that NIA thanks the Bronx Ballet NOT FOR SALE and Art Saves Lives organizations for once again contributing to this wonderful initiative for our St. Maarten children and for promoting the Art and benefits of Ballet.

NIA encourages local benefactors to contribute to the cause, to invest in our own children. As of January, NIA absorbs the cost of running this one-year program, not in the business of disappointing our ballerina Ms. Arlene voluntarily continues with the classes until the end of the school year.


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NPOwer encouraged by Governor's recognition of NPOs value

SINT MAARTEN (GREAT BAY) - NPOwer, a program of Foresee Foundation (4CF), is heartened by Governor Ajamu Baly’s acknowledgement in his recent address at the opening of the parliamentary year.

NPOwer, serves as a vital network aimed at strengthening and empowering Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) on St Maarten. We provide critical support to local NPOs, passionate and active in a wide variety of sectors, through workshops, conferences, weekly columns highlighting their work, an NPO database, and grant writing and funding assistance.

Thanks to generous support from local, regional, and international funding agencies, NPOwer has been able to assist and continue supporting grassroots organizations in their efforts to strengthen St. Maarten. NPOwer recognizes the importance of building trusting relationships with both the community and government. As such, is pleased to hear the governor's statement emphasizing the need for collaboration among all stakeholders - including the private sector, NGOs, service clubs, and individuals - to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. The 4CF Board and the NPOwer team are committed to working together with all parties towards this shared goal of progress for the people of Sint Maarten.

NPOwer urges the wider community including the public and private sectors to reflect on his statement on the need for continued effort of each and all to work together to advance St. Maarten.

Local NPOs work tirelessly to address pressing social, cultural and environmental issues from the ground up. The connections and understanding built over years in the community provide invaluable insight for policymaking and disaster response.

Realizing our full potential requires breaking down silos not just within government but across sectors. NPOwer calls for expanded engagement between the different sectors to further build St. Maarten's collective future. NPO's and NPOwer's doors are open to further align strategic plans and pool efforts for greater impact.

NPOwer will continue to advocate for the inclusion of diverse voices and community-driven participation in decision-making. Policies made in isolation rarely reach those most in need. While challenges remain, the governor’s recognition of the value of collaboration gives us hope.

Our plans for 2024 include convening forums that bring all stakeholders together to turn ideas into action. Please visit and its Facebook page @NPOwersxm to learn more about the work of the 100+ local NPOs we support.

True collaboration with and among the different sectors, including our Northern side and the wider Caribbean and this globalized world, we can achieve sustainable, equitable growth that transforms all lives. NPOwer's 2024 program is reflective of enhanced collaboration between all sectors.

While challenges remain, The NPOwer community network applauds the ongoing hard work by the NPO sector and the commitments to NPO partnerships by various sectors and funders/donors. They remind everyone that when there is effective collaboration and a joint sense of ownership by all, great things can be done.

NPOwer, noted for the slogan “where NPOs connect” is located at Illidge Road #60, Unit 1.1 in the shared offices of R4CR and Samenwerkende Fondsen Cariben. For more information, contact the NPOwer team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 721 581 5050.

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