The mission of the International Trends and Services Facet is to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families.
The foremost goal of the International Trends and Services facet is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide through long-term programs committed to empowerment and public policy leadership in advocating for social justice.
*This year, The Tulsa Chapter has continued to demonstrate our commitment to enriching and sustaining the cultural and economic survival of a people of African ancestry through friendship and service in Jamaica by adopting the Mount Carey Baptist Basic School and providing needed funds and supplies through our partnership with The River City Chapter. We contributed funds toward building two new classrooms. We also provided supplies for the teachers and students at the school.
*We continue to support the nationally initiated program through “Linkage to Jamaica,” and to identify local Jamaicans, and forming an association where we meet at least once a year to review programs/projects as provided.
*We initiated a new program component this year – “The Education and Empowerment Program.” This included establishing a pen pal mentoring program among the girls at the Irwin Home for Girls and supplying them with feminine hygiene products.
*We continue to support our Umbrella Program through Gilcrease Elementary 4th Grade Girls.
2018 – 2019 Activities
The first STEAM session of 2019 at Gilcrease Elementary was kicked off with excitement as International Trends & Services focused on “Technology”. Prior to each girl building her own working robot, we discussed and shared photos of a student-led Jamaican Robotics Team. In addition interactive discussions were had about jobs where robots are used such as warehouse workers, house cleaning vacuums, pharmacists and surgical assistants. Photos were shown of different types of robots. Excitement and a sense of accomplishment filled the air as the girls built their own working robots in a session led by Adrienne Hills with Ahha Tulsa. Some of the students even built multiple-sized robots as well as others helped their fellow students perfect their robots. As the girls proudly showed their creations to each other, one student happily exclaimed, “I can’t wait to show my grandma & grandpa what I made”. At the conclusion of the workshop, the girls debriefed about the obstacles they faced in building their robots and teamwork demonstrated as they helped each other. It was a wonderful session enjoyed by all.
Ann Marie Constable, a native of Kingston Jamaica, was the guest presenter during our integrated mentoring session at Gilcrease Elementary on March 29, 2018. Mrs. Constable, who is a U.S. citizen and CFO at a local company, has made Tulsa home for over 26 years. During her interactive presentation, she shared experiences and stories from growing up in Jamaica to attending college in Tulsa on a track scholarship. Mrs Constable kept the presentation lively and entertaining from start to finish as she told stories about the Jamaican education system, shared historical and geographical information regarding the country, and weaved in cultural experiences and healthy eating habits. At the conclusion of the session, the girls were treated to a delicious full-course meal prepared by Mrs Constable.
Link Yvonne Holmes and son David visited Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 17, 2018. This visit was done in conjunction with the Tulsa Chapter Linkage to Jamaica initiative and specifically in support of Melody House for Girls. Melody House is a private, nonprofit organization that provides housing to abandoned and abused girls in the parish of St. James. The facility, which sits on several acres of land, caters to up to 20 girls. The property has an abundance of fruits and vegetables and the girls raise and sell chickens, and farm eggs for the house. Melody House receives a small stipend from the government to assist with monthly expenses. However, most of the funding comes from private donors.
The Holmes family delivered 2 Idea Pads and individual personal care kits containing Bath & Body Works products as well as a note of encouragement for each girl. Additionally we toured the large home that was donated by a private benefactor as well as enjoyed fresh fruit and coconut water. All fruit is grown at the home. We were hosted by Yvette Mahoney, Operations Manager and also had the pleasure of meeting two Board Members of Melody House.