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Scan the QR code above or CLICK HERE to read about
this year’s remarkable journey in the online 
version of our Annual Impact Report.

Give An Anniversary Gift

Join the One Eleuthera Foundation family as we honor our Founding Members and commemorate our 12th Anniversary at Harvest Haven, our inaugural fundraiser dinner. To purchase tickets, click here.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience our farm’s finest harvest and to indulge in a memorable soiree for a good cause. If you can’t attend, please consider donating a ticket or giving an Anniversary Gift of any amount to advance our mission. To do so, click here.

Thank you in advance for your kindness, generosity and support on this journey!

READY, SET, SWIM!

We are gearing up for our 4th Annual LEARN TO SWIM Program at CTI! This FREE summer community program provides 80+ children and adults with critical swimming and drowning prevention skills.🏊🏽‍♀️

Together, we are making an impact and changing not just lives but
generations because of your generosity!

Click to GIVE A GIFT That Transforms Communities.



Click to GIVE A GIFT That Empowers Communities.

Photos: Top 
Renderings from the concepts presented by Clemson University’s Landscape Architecture students invite curiosity and provide sustainable development ideas that transform and enhance the bayfront area. 

Photo: Bottom Left
An undergraduate student from the design studio
explains the inspiration and intricacies of her concept. 

Bottom Right: The OEF Executive Team visited Clemson University in South Carolina to view the student’s designs and to sign an official MOU with the university that will foster future collaborations. L to R: Lane Glaze, President OEF-US and Professor of Practice at Clemson University; Shawna McCartney, OEF Executive Support Officer and Deputy Chief Councillor, South Eleuthera District Committee Member, Tarpum Bay Township; and Keyron Smith, OEF President and CEO. 

In late December, the annual Harbour Island Pickleball Tournament & Fundraiser rallied community support for a noble cause. 

With paddles up and spirits high, participants came together for a day of friendly competition and philanthropy to spread holiday cheer and raise funds to support the students of CTI-HITS with technical training scholarships.

This investment in education and training will provide students from North Eleuthera with the opportunity to study at home and increase their skills and income-earning potential.

The collaborative efforts of participants, sponsors, and organizers exemplify the power of community-driven initiatives in effecting positive change. Special recognition is extended to the A-list team behind the scenes, including Tamara Lorey, The Friends of HITS, The Dunmore Hotel, and Pink Sand Spirit Co., whose dedication and generosity made this event possible. 

“When the CTI-HITS Culinary Course came around everything just fell into place. I wanted to show my children that I could finish something and do well. I said to myself you MUST do this. Graduating helped my confidence big time!”

– Letita Vernanchia Johnson – 
Basic Culinary Graduate

“I need the youth to see the opportunities before us. What matters most is where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Don’t look at the hindrances in your life. Do everything with a good attitude, but most importantly, take action.”

– Charvette Strachan –
Intro to Hydroponics Graduate

 

 

“Now I am the Sous Chef at Aquapazza. My journey has been all about never giving up on my dreams and pushing forward. Certification at CTI-HITS was great for me because I am always looking for ways to expand my portfolio.”

– Stephan Moss –
Basic Culinary Graduate
QuickBooks 1 Graduate

My teacher at CTI-HITS was very knowledgeable and I was really proud of how well I held my own in class. He’d tell me, “There aren’t many women in the field Karis, but on projects I have worked on in the past, women were some of the best Electricians.”

– Karis Johnson – 
Electrical Installation Graduate
Advanced Electrical Installation Graduate

In partnership with One Eleuthera Foundation, Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing returned to Eleuthera this month, from March 9th to 16th, with a cohort of sixteen nursing students and four faculty members.

Under the guidance of local healthcare professionals, the team provided valuable support in government clinics and medical facilities in North, Central, and South Eleuthera.

The students gained invaluable insights into healthcare delivery in a rural setting. They assisted with taking vitals, conducting check-ups, and educating patients on health care and disease prevention.

OEF’s founders and Emory University have enjoyed a successful partnership since 2005. We are proud facilitators of this study abroad program and fostering a tradition of knowledge exchange and mutually beneficial cross-cultural learning.

Click to GIVE A GIFT That Transforms Communities.

The Farm at CTI is flourishing with fresh produce!
Our revolutionary OASIS GROW HOUSE has expanded our ability to produce crops year-round, giving our communities access to nutritious, health-boosting foods grown here at home. We are making strides in food security and helping to revitalize Eleuthera’s agricultural and farming sectors.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR FARM AND
MAKING OUR WORK POSSIBLE. 

One of the leading initiatives developed by OEF is the CTI Training Farm, which leads the foundation’s efforts in creating a more sustainable, food-secure future for Eleuthera and the Bahamas. The farm provides hands-on agricultural education and training to increase local subsistence farming and empower Eleutherans to reclaim their proud agricultural heritage.

Our goal is to strengthen and support existing farmers while attracting, recruiting and training the next generation of young farmers to ensure the viability and continuity of the industry.

The farm also aims to increase food security and community health through educational and training opportunities for local farmers and our community.
 

           CTI Farm Highlights: Let’s celebrate… 

  • The return of “We Farmer’s Market” every third Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
  • The hiring of two new Farm Associates: Philantranique & Byron 
  • NEWLY planted crops, including Beans, Broccolini, Swiss Chard, Beets, and multi-colored Bell Peppers.
  • The launch of a 6-week experiential learning and volunteer project for 7th and 8th graders from Deep Creek Middle School.
  • University volunteer visits by cohorts from Lee University (Cleveland, TN) and Suny Morrisville College (Morrisville, NY)
  • Agriculture field trips with local schools including Preston Albury High School. Students from PHA learned hands-on about soil biology, sustainable farming, and the importance of local food production. 
  • The launch of our CTI Intro to Hydroponics 8-Week Course.

Together, we are making an impact and changing not just lives but
generations because of your generosity!

Give An Anniversary Gift

“We Farmer’s Market” is back at the CTI campus in Rock Sound every third Saturday of the month from 10 am to 6 pm!

Bigger and better than ever, this exciting campus favorite resumed on January 20th and provides the local community with a one-stop-shop for a vibrant and hearty selection of organic produce, freshly harvested from the CTI farm along with in-season crops brought to market by other community farmers.

Market-goers enjoy a wide selection of artisanal crafts, authentic Bahamian products, and delicious food and pastries, plus thrilling games, farm tours and cooking demos.

This gathering provides vendors with greater access to customers and promotes shopping at home to boost our local economy and support Eleuthera’s business owners.

Community Outreach Highlights:

Top Left:
On March 2nd, the OEF staff participated in the Bahamas Hope Challenge, raising awareness and funds to support cancer patients in The Bahamas. OEF sponsored Eleuthera survivors from the Sisterhood of Survivors and The Cancer Society of Eleuthera to attend the event and participate in the 5K walk.

Top Right:
On March 12th, Principals from Eleuthera’s schools held a 1-day conclave in conjunction with the Ministry Of Education at the CTI Campus. Our campus serves as a FREE community meeting space for local organizations.

Middle Left & Right:
OEF recently constructed and donated bleaches to Preston Albury High School to provide much-needed seating for students.

Bottom Left and Right:
Staff from CTI and OEF participated in the Preston Albury High School Careers Day sharing information about upcoming technical courses that can lead to fulfilling careers and providing hands-on student demonstrations.

Environmental Projects & Highlights: 
 
Top Left:
Keyron Smith, CEO and President, and Kentisha Ward, Development and Grants Officer, attended The University of The Bahamas’ Conservation Conclave on February 1st and 2nd. The event brought together a diverse collection of experts, government officials, scholars, and leading nonprofits to address the challenges confronting the Bahamas in conservation and climate change mitigation. 

Top Right:
Representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources returned to Eleuthera to continue the groundwork for The Bahamas’ Digital Villages initiative. Reps met with local farmers, agriculture stakeholders, and the leadership of OEF for input. This initiative aims to elevate agriculture through the fusion of technology and education while fostering agribusiness connections between rural and urban areas. 

Middle Left:
OEF is preparing to introduce nature trails on the CTI Campus for bird-watching and nature-based activities. While expanding the island’s ecotourism offering, this project will also increase the breeding and feeding habitats for rare wintering birds, including the Kirtand’s Warbler. Friends from The American Bird Conservancy and the Leon Levy Preserve were on campus this month to discuss the project.
Middle Right: The rare Kirtland’s Warbler.

Bottom Right:
Department of Forestry and Ministry of Works representatives visited campus this month to view the Oasis Grow House and CTI’s farming operation. The group was gathering info and inspiration in preparation for their expansion of The Bahamas’ Botanical Gardens and community green space in New Providence.

Click & view the movie trailer.

Directed by brothers Oliver and Simon English, Feeding Tomorrow is a poignant documentary that examines the modern food system and its impact on the environment and human health. The documentary was seven years in the making and features onscreen interviews with agriculture experts, including Dr. Hauber.

The first footage was filmed in Dr. Selima and Tim Hauber’s very own dining room at their family-operated farm, Field to Fork, in Nassau Bahamas. Since then, the documentary has been featured at major film festivals around the US including the Woodstock Film Festival in New York.

To read more click here.

DID YOU KNOW?
Our three social enterprises, which are located at the Rock Sound campus, continue to provide our CTI students with experiential hands-on training and the professional guidance needed to complement their education.

The Retreat Hotel, The Farm at CTI and Farmer’s Table restaurant play a crucial role in preparing each student for the workforce, giving them a competitive advantage and the confidence to apply their knowledge and training. This boost in experience and mentorship goes a long way in creating successful outcomes and enhances each student’s leadership skills. 

By supporting or donating to our social enterprises, you are making an investment that goes well beyond a sale or gift. You are making a direct investment in lives, livelihoods, and our economy while helping us to build a pathway to a better, more resilient and secure future for many!

Click to GIVE A GIFT That Transforms Communities.

The Farmer’s Table Is Open: Tue-Sat from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm!
Community health is directly linked to dietary choices. Our mission is to make fresh, nutritious meals available and affordable for every household on Eleuthera. Our restaurant offers a wide variety of plant-based meals, salads and smoothies that make nutritious and healthful eating a truly delightful and energizing experience. 

Our farm-to-table restaurant serves delicious, healthful cuisine made with fresh ingredients and the choicest produce harvested daily from the CTI farm. “Farm to Table” means embracing freshness and sustainability by sourcing locally grown produce that is more nutrient dense. It’s about enjoying delicious meals made with fresh ingredients while promoting a healthier lifestyle, supporting local farmers, and savoring the flavors of seasonal, farm-fresh goodness.

BIG NEWS 📣 Booking your stay at The Retreat Hotel is easier than ever. Click here to access our convenient online booking engine and come visit us soon!




Click Below To Catch Up on the latest bi-weekly articles written by our leadership team and published in The Tribune newspaper. For your convenience and reading pleasure, we have posted these articles to our OEF website. 

“Avis Munroe – A Beacon Of Hope and Healing For Cancer Fighters”
By: Yolanda Pawar, Chief Communications Officer
Read it Here.

“The Many Benefits of Backyard Farming”
By: Tim Hauber, Cooling House Operations Officer
Read it Here.

“Changes Needed to Reduce Traffic Fatalities on Eleuthera’s Streets”
By: Keyron Smith, President and CEO, OEF and CTI
Read it Here.

“Feeding Tomorrow: A Look At The Modern Food System And Its Impact On The Environment and Human Health”
By: Dr. Selima Hauber, Cooling House Operations Officer
Read It Here.

“Educational Tourism: A Sustainable And Transformative Niche”
By: Lane Glaze, President OEF-US
Read It Here.

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Click Above to watch this exciting video highlight of the 5th Annual Food and Craft Festival held in partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and OEF in February 2024 at the CTI Campus in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. Learn how OEF is partnering with the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) to promote festivals that showcase and celebrate Bahamian culture and heritage while boosting the Orange and local economies.


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Thank you for being a friend and supporter of One Eleuthera Foundation and CTI. We value your interest and partnership in our community development work. Your generous gifts, both large and small, are making an impact and changing, not just lives, but generations!

Click to GIVE A GIFT That Transforms Communities.

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