📣 WE’RE CELEBRATING OUR COUNTRY’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE AND OUR RECENT LEADERSHIP TRANSITION 🇧🇸
It’s an honor to be in your inbox with our Summer newsletter. On July 10th, 2023 we will celebrate our country’s Golden Jubilee of Independence and #50strong years of learning, developing and thriving! This month we reflect on how far we’ve come and how important it is to keep moving ourselves, our organizations, and our country FORWARD, UPWARD, ONWARD, TOGETHER!
We’re also sharing the BIG news of our July 1st, 2023 leadership transition. As our founder Shaun Ingraham passes the leadership baton, we wish to honor him for his dedication, visionary leadership, and selfless work over the past eleven years and simultaneously celebrate the promotion of his successor, Keyron Smith. (Read more about this exciting news below.)
This month is a fitting time to examine and appreciate the triumphs of the past while looking with great expectation to the important milestones of the future!
We are ecstatic about our strides in food security, food production, and local farmer training as we continue to provide access to affordable, nutritious produce for families across Eleuthera. We are proud of our CTI students as they springboard into personal success and entrepreneurship, proving that education has the power to change people, communities, and entire generations.
In the spirit of Independence, we hope that you also feel a tremendous sense of joy and pride in our partnership and the impact we are making TOGETHER in Eleuthera and The Bahamas. Thank you for your faithful and generous support of our mission!
– Your Friends at OEF & CTI –
Clickhereto read the full press release on our recent Leadership Transition, effective July 1st, 2023.
“It is truly an honor to lead OEF and CTI into its next chapter and to continue the vital work of evolving and expanding our successful community development model. I value and appreciate the extensive groundwork laid by Shaun in building a strong foundation for community development on our island and within the country and sector.
I intend to build upon past successes while focusing on increasing our community impact and embracing new opportunities to realize the vision for Eleuthera.
Our approach will remain ‘locally rooted and globally minded’. The world around us is constantly changing, demanding innovation, adaptation, and collaboration to find sustainable solutions for our communities.
I am committed to leading OEF in addressing these growing needs and ensuring that our organizations remain progressive and effective. Collaboration and collective action will be key to our success.” – Keyron Smith, President and CEO –
Together, we are making an impact and changing not just lives but generations because of your generosity!
Our country is known for its vibrant marine life and stunning turquoise waters. Here are some fun geography facts: The Bahamas is an archipelago of nearly 700 coral islands. Only around 30 of the islands are inhabited. Our archipelago sits in the West Atlantic Ocean. We have rights to 245,000 square miles of maritime space. We are located 100 kilometers southeast of Florida in the United States and 80 kilometers northeast of Cuba.
🏆 For more information on our country and Independence Celebrations, click below. 🇧🇸
Our 3rd Annual FREE community swimming program is taking a deep dive into drowning prevention and ensuring that children & adults can learn critical water safety skills to stay safe this summer and beyond!
OEF’s 3rd Annual “Learn to Swim” summer swimming program began on June 19th, with a full roster of 80-plus students registered to learn vital swimming and water safety skills.
This free six-week community program welcomes students from 5 to 65 years and continues to grow in impact and community reach. Classes are held Monday through Thursday in The Retreat Hotel’s 25-meter saltwater pool at the CTI campus.
Last year 65 students took part in the program, which had a 92% success rate at “teaching fundamental swimming techniques,” with 100% of the participants acknowledging “greater comfort and security around pools and bodies of water.”
For the second consecutive year, a US-based team of swimming professionals, Alissa Magrum, Kim Schultz of Face In Water, Peri Kowal, and Courtney Kline,
have partnered to facilitate the training of local instructors and the expansion of the program’s dryland education and water safety component.
“This team has been instrumental in elevating our swimming program and empowering our local instructors to make an impact. Their passion for this cause and love for the students is evident in every interaction,” explains Yolanda Pawar, OEF’s Chief Communication Officer.
“In addition to investing many hours in the pool with students and in the pre-planning, and curriculum assessments, the group also generously supplied free resources, including swimsuits, kickboards and swimming gear for students and lifesaving flotation devices. We are grateful to have their expertise and support, as well as the dedicated service of our local volunteers, instructors, and coaches who continue to make this program a success!”
We were overjoyed to participate in the Guinness World Records, “World’s Largest Swimming Lesson,” (WLSL) on June 22nd, 2023!
Spearheaded by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is a global movement and annual event with over 50,000 participants that is held simultaneously across multiple cities, countries, and continents. It brings together instructors and swimmers of all ages and skill levels to raise global awareness around water safety and drowning prevention and to teach life-saving water skills to thousands of people in one day!
OEF’s “Learn to Swim” Team was proud to participate and represent our organization and The Bahamas during the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
We were privileged to be among only a handful of programs spotlighted in a live interview during the NDPA’s social media coverage of the day’s exciting events.
Our summer season started with separate visits from international dignitaries, His Excellency Tom Hartley, British High Commissioner to The Bahamas, and Her Excellency Dai Qingli, Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas.
British High Commissioner H.E. Tom Hartley, accompanied by a delegation of officials including British Trade Commissioner for Latin America and the Caribbean Jonathan Knott and Regional Director for the Commonwealth Caribbean at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in Barbados D’Jamila Ward, toured the CTI campus on June 6th.
The tour provided insight into our state-of-the-art, climate-controlled Oasis Grow House and sustainable agriculture farming techniques. The team observed our “training model,” where local farmers and students have access to hands-on training working alongside our experienced farm team.
BHC Hartley expressed, “It was fantastic to visit One Eleuthera today. We’ve been talking in the UK and hearing in The Bahamas how important food security is and how difficult it is when the environment is getting more and more harsh. Here at OEF, you are taming it in a way that is very easy to pass on. There’s engineering and science, but it’s actually very practical and very simple at the same time. That’s probably where the secret is. It’s using age-old techniques in a controlled environment.”
Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas, H.E. Dai Qingli, accompanied by Commercial Officer Eva Ren, toured the CTI campus on June 15th.
They got a first-hand view of CTI’s projects, facilities, and social enterprises housed at the Rock Sound campus, including The Retreat Hotel, Farmer’s Table restaurant, and the CTI Farm. They learned that as part of OEF and CTI’s mandate to provide education and training for Eleutherans, each entity also operates as a “live lab” for experiential learning and vocational and technical student training.
Showcased on the tour was the 1-1 acre Oasis Grow House with its expansive rain collection system and storage tanks, which can hold a million gallons of water, and the campus’ solar-powered “Honey Shack. ” The Honey Shack is a dedicated honey processing facility offered free of charge to local Beekeepers to extract, process, and bottle their honey.
Ambassador, Dai Qingli was pleased to see the developments taking place at the CTI Campus and excited to meet and visit with the OEF/CTI leadership team responsible for driving the various projects on the ground.
Our harvests from the Oasis Grow House have been extraordinary! Now we’re busy planting more! Our onions have been drying for months. Now they are cured and ready to be sold and enjoyed! Look at that deep, rich, purple color! Our veggies are not just tasty but packed with nutrients and vitamins!
Summer Crops Are Blooming! Our pumpkins are thriving and will soon be ready to be picked. In the meantime, our fresh, crisp cucumbers and spicy jalapeno peppers are taking center stage.
The Farmer’s Table Is Open: Mon-Fri from 8:30 am- 4:30 pm! Don’t miss this week’s delicious selection of vegetables waiting for you! OEF and CTI make access to affordable, delicious produce a priority for our communities. Community health is directly linked to dietary choices, and our goal is to make fresh, nutritious produce available and affordable for every household on Eleuthera. See what’s available this week!
CTI-HITS QuickBooks 1 course has begun on Harbour Island. In just six short weeks, our students will be graduating and leveling up their professional portfolios with the tools and skills they need to succeed! Educating and elevating Eleutherans is our PRIORITY!
Our future CTI-HITS Electricians are getting trained to enter the field with confidence! In a few short weeks, this cadre will be certified and better equipped to pursue their dreams! SPARKING positive change and entrepreneurial opportunities is a big part of our mission.
With beautiful colors and meals bursting with flavor, The Farmer’s Table restaurant keeps us full and happy every day!
But did you know that our campus eatery also operates as a training kitchen for our CTI Basic Culinary and Hospitality students?
Here they learn in a hands-on environment and gain valuable real-life experience.
Our community and staff are also able to enjoy a healthy eating alternative from Mon. to Fri. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, thanks to Farmer’s Table!
This month the menu will feature many of our traditional Bahamian dishes and delights, made with a tasty twist and infused with the freshest produce from our farm.
Happy Work Anniversary To Our Hardworking Staff! 🏆
It takes a team to keep our campus and various social enterprises running smoothly and serving our community members with excellence every day. One Eleuthera Foundation and CTI continue to provide employment opportunities for our community to thrive and be self-sufficient. We are super proud of our team, and we appreciate all the heavy lifting they do on the ground and behind the scenes to ensure we get the job done well!
Click Below & 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 also posted these articles to our website.
“It’s Important to Seize The Day, as Eleuthera Poised For Growth” By: Keyron Smith, President & CEO
Click to Watch & learn how our Oasis Grow House is helping OEF & CTI make history by producing leafy greens, despite scorching summer temperatures.
Click to Watch & discover how solar power is revolutionizing our energy consumption on campus and taking us one step closer to a sustainable future.
😎 Visitor’s Guestbook 📸
We’re always happy to welcome students, families, guests, and groups to tour our campus. Large or small, our message of sustainable farming and sustainable community development is for EVERYONE. Help us to continue the mission!
Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Keep in mind: Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
Monitor Those at High Risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
Infants and young children
People 65 years of age or older
People who are overweight
People who overexert during work or exercise
People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.
Beat the heat and stay in optimum health this summer!
Thank you for being a friend and supporter of One Eleuthera Foundation (OEF) and Centre For Training and Innovation (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!
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