Caribbean Region

Bring Caribbean islanders living abroad closer to the center of our plans, urged a St. Lucian businesswoman. Eroline Lamontagne, a regional hotelier and entrepreneur, has renewed calls on the Caribbean's public and private sector leaders to get behind the diaspora to help move the region forward. Lamontagne, proprietor of the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort in the charming old colonial St. Lucian town of Soufrière, believes the region's approach towards leveraging the intellectual resources and financial capital of the diaspora has been weak.
Miles Ahead sports ministry volunteer Jason Giroux plays basketball with these local school childrenAn uplifting spirit of volunteerism has descended upon the Cayman Islands with the arrival this week of nearly 100 San Diego residents who are "doing something" for the people of the western Caribbean nation.The volunteers, who are part of the California-based Miles Ahead organization - headed by Caribbean-American Miles McPherson, the former U.S. professional football player turned evangelist - are on island working alongside residents on community service initiatives, including school building, hospital and girls' home beautification projects as well as youth and prison outreach and medical health education seminars.
Jamaica Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding (second from left) Addresses Lt. Col. Jamie Ogilvie (far right), Alongside Leader of the Opposition Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller (far left) and Information Minister Hon. Daryl Vaz (third from left) Prior to Boarding Sandals Resorts International’s Private Jet Which Arrived in Haiti on January 15The Sandals Foundation, the Jamaica-based philanthropic arm of Caribbean resort company Sandals Resorts International (SRI), has mounted a Haiti Relief Fund to deliver swift support to two non-profit organizations – the Salesian Missions and Popular Services International (PSI) – in urgent need of immediate assistance. Salesian Missions and PSI have more than 100 years of combined experience and presence in Haiti and a taskforce comprised of hundreds of workers and volunteers.
Cross-sector participation shows strong support as new community-based decentralization program kicks off. Haiti's recently-launched community-based decentralization program, Katye Pam Poze (KPP), kicked off its community cafe series in Jacmel with nearly 100 local residents sharing their views on what their neighborhoods need most. According to Minister of the Interior Thierry Mayard-Paul, who is spearheading and coordinating President Michel Martelly's new program, "every community's needs are different, so we will be visiting all ten pilot cities throughout Haiti learning their specific requirements through our cafe dialogues," he said. "That way, we can ensure that we address the needs of each community, under an integral and manageable framework." 
Susan Reichle, USAID's Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, visited Haiti Wednesday through Friday this week to meet with key stakeholders to discuss the U.S. Government's ongoing transition from emergency response to reconstruction, continued deployment of mitigation efforts in advance of the rainy season, and plans for transitional shelter construction in the next few months.