In 2013, CEDE Aruba had a needs assessment carried out within the nine neighborhood centers of Aruba: CB North, CB Tanki Lender, CB Piedra Plat, CB Playa Pabou CB Dakota, CB Ayo, CB Savaneta, CB Brazil and CB Lago Heights. The assessment showed that the 9 neighborhood centers require structural support in finding new volunteers, writing annual programs and making contacts with national organizations. The starting point is that there are activities aimed at all target groups within the neighborhood: children, young people, adults and senior citizens. In addition, significant support is required in the areas of management, staff, marketing, administration and fundraising. Therefore, CEDE Aruba took steps in 2014 to establish the incentive organization MOBIS. Since 2015, MOBIS has been operational and supports the “Centro di Barios” insofar as the aforementioned aspects are concerned. MOBIS is provisionally financed by CEDE Aruba and the Cooperating Funds Caribbean Part of the Kingdom.
Strengthening neighborhood centers - MOBIS
Strengthening economic position families
In 2015, CEDE Aruba conducted a survey within different organizations that focus on poverty reduction and strengthening the economic position of households. The parties surveyed included Fundacion pa nos Comunidad, Fundacion Desaroyo Comunitario, Red Cross Aruba, Asistencia Social (8), Methodist Church, Iglesia Maranata, Directorate of Social Affairs, Directorate of Labor, Departamento di Progreso Laboral and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Based on the survey, a number of priorities were set, namely holding regular meetings between the various churches, organizing training for volunteers, setting up mentoring and buddy projects, setting up a national Meals on Wheels project, establishing a neighborhood-oriented second-hand shop (thrift shops) and setting up a national registration system for all organizations that support people in material need. CEDE Aruba will launch these projects in close cooperation with aforementioned organizations.
Family Care / Informal Care
In 2015, CEDE Aruba brought together some organizations to launch an educational campaign aimed at supporting informal caregivers. The organizations involved were: SABA, the White Yellow Cross, the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital and Cas Marie. Based on the interviews, a 3-year project was initially developed. This plan focuses on neighborhood-oriented education to informal caregivers, digital online information and expertise promotion for approximately 200 professionals who come into contact with informal caregivers. This plan will be implemented in close cooperation with the Elderly Care Platform. The Elderly Care Platform focuses on closing gaps within healthcare and designing care pathways for different types of senior citizens.
Participation of people with disabilities
In 2014, CEDE Aruba took the initiative to bring together a number of organizations, which want to take action to make it possible to have people with disabilities participate in the labor process or the voluntary sector. These organizations were: SVGA, FAVI, FEPO, Sonrisa, Trampoline pa Trabou, Directorate of Social Affairs, Directorate of Labor and Medwork. This has resulted in a large project: “Kitando Barera y Creando Oportunidad”. This is a 3-year project aimed at finding employment for people with disabilities. This project is financed by CEDE Aruba and the Cooperating Funds Caribbean Part of the Kingdom. When the project started, a national committee was also established of which aforementioned organizations are a member. The purpose hereof is to fully develop the employment support process and to make it more transparent.
Since 2013, CEDE Aruba has been coordinating the CEMBRAH platform. Various organizations are a member of this platform that focuses on teen parents. The organizations are the White Yellow Cross, the Department of Social Affairs, various school social workers and Casa Cuna Progreso. The first step was to better document the assistance provided to teen parents. This was finalized mid-2015 and, on that basis, a new teen mother consultant at the White Yellow Cross was financed. In 2015 and 2016, policy-related and project-based priorities were also worked on. These include the setting up of a teen mother shelter at Casa Cuna Progreso, mentoring programs for teen parents, the expansion of various support groups for teen mothers, sexual education within education and second-chance education for teen mothers. These projects will be developed within the next 3 years.
In November 2015, the cooperation platform FUNDECO was founded. FUNDECO stands for “Fundacionnan den Coperacion”. CEDE Aruba facilitated the entire preliminary process. The cooperation with the 21 foundations concerned is governed by a cooperation agreement. The priorities are to promote a more structured cooperation between the various foundations, to create a new and effective financing model for the foundations and to contribute to a national dialogue on care and assistance issues in Aruba. Since November 2015, FUNDECO is managed by a steering committee consisting of board members of the various foundations. CEDE Aruba continues giving advice on its own initiative. The first priorities are to cooperate in the new subsidy model, the introduction of a new billing system for the foundations, cost accounting for the foundations and group cost savings to reduce operational costs. In addition, attention will be paid to effective management and financial control.
Initiatives Cooperating Funds
In addition to CEDE Aruba, the Cooperating Funds Caribbean Part of the Kingdom also take initiatives in Aruba and the other islands within the Kingdom. Two major initiatives are the program Opportunities for Young People and the program Growing Old Together. For the program Opportunities for Young People, the funds selected 18 initiatives that support vulnerable young people aged 12-25 years in their development. The aim is to help young people, both in the socioemotional area and in their (school) careers, so they will be as economically independent as possible in life. Within the program Growing Old Together, the funds support projects aimed at senior citizens, informal caregivers and volunteers who work for senior citizens. Focus areas include (repeated) encounters, activity programs, information projects in cooperation with professionals and new projects of residential and nursing homes, focusing on repeated/regular activities with local residents. Growing Old Together currently has seven projects in Aruba.