We see the path to a more prosperous future wider than ever before, built not upon one or a few key assets but upon the full array of physical and human resources we have at our disposal. These include not only our physical surroundings—a temperate climate, pristine waters, stunning beaches and ample land for residential development—but also our human assets—a rich cultural heritage, the talents of our residents and business leaders, and the commitment and ingenuity of our numerous community and civic organizations.
We have identified the following five initiatives within which we welcome proposals for collaborative projects that make Eleuthera a better place to live, work, and play.
Cultural and Heritage Development
There is a belief that in Eleuthera’s past lies its future. An increasing number of global tourists are now considered "cultural tourists" or "eco-tourists." Eleuthera is home to many cultural and natural heritage assets that have helped sustain its image and significance in Bahamian history. From Preacher’s Cave to the Glass Window Bridge, Cupid's Cay to Ocean Hole and to Millar Plantation, this trail speaks to a culture that has seen a diverse set of people and economic activities over 1600 years. The island lends itself well to a 100 mile plus heritage trail.
One Eleuthera and its partners will seek to brand Eleuthera as a cultural and heritage destination. We seek to enhance our historic features to better serve special interest tourists.
As strengthening our local communities is one of our core principals, we feel that in order to do this we have to assess our heritage and assign to them the recognition they deserve.
With no major employers on the island, Eleutherans tend to be very resourceful and entrepreneurial. Local residents typically engage in a variety of economic ventures with most activity revolving around farming, small businesses, residential, caretaking, and the hospitality and services industry (EDAW 2005). This entrepreneurial spirit can be cultivated with support of a business development organization that can give technical and financial support to locals wanting to being or grow a business.
One Eleuthera seeks to make support available to locals who otherwise might not be able to achieve loans through traditional means. We hope to spark an entrepreneurial spirit that will see growth in the farming , eco- and heritage tourism, craft making and fishing industries.
While many locals have great ideas, they do not have the know-how or resources to accomplish these goals.
Basic illiteracy affects all aspects of everyday life. Literacy usually refers to book and reading ability, but if one cannot read – it is difficult to live a full and empowered life. Therefore literacy can refer to functional literacy, computer literacy, information literacy etc.
Although statistics show a high rate of literacy in the Bahamas (figures vary around 95%), the general consensus at a recent literacy roundtable called these statistics into question.
However when there are no national surveys in place a common practice is to consider those with no schooling as illiterate and those who have attended grade 5 of primary school as literate.
To agree upon a unified way to increase testing of students and adults on Eleuthera, design programs and raise resources to implement the strategy. Education Enhancement Initiative (EEI) seeks to strengthen partner programs at all levels.
To engage all partners at various levels of the educational spectrum to collaborate on a collective approach to address illiteracy.
As a signatory country to the Convention on Biological Diversity, The Bahamas joins 168 countries in the implementation of the Program of Work on Protected Areas. The Program of Work is part of the Bahamian Government’s commitment to the expansion of the national park system to include up to 10 percent of the terrestrial areas and 10 percent of the near-shore marine resources of the country. Through the Caribbean Challenge, The Bahamas has committed to an additional 10 percent of near-shore marine habitats to conservation, for a combined total of 20 percent.
One Eleuthera and its partners will seek to develop a land use and Conservation Area Plan (CAP) for the island. We will also seek to develop a general management plan for the proposed Land and Sea Parks and preserves.
The purpose of our environmental initiative is to ensure that Eleuthera has a sustainable future and develops in scale with our resources.
Health and Wellness
Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are an epidemic in the Bahamas, causing 60% of all deaths and affects half of all people in hospital. NCDs account for half of all deaths of people 45 years and older and has placed an increased strain on health resources (PM Ingraham, UN Speech, Sept. 19, 2011).
The Health and Wellness Consortium is a comprehensive approach to address health and wellness on Eleuthera; from coordination of research, policy development, strategic planning, and development of a wellness centre.
To encourage all stakeholders to come together to carry out joint assessment and execution of plan.