On Friday, November 1, 2019 the U.S. Embassy in Barbados presented a grant of US$24,921 to the Girl Guides Association of Barbados (GGAB), in support of a soon to be executed program entitled: “Girl Guides Strong: Towards 100% Renewables.” The program will enable members of the GGAB, aged 7-25, to learn and improve their technical awareness and aptitude in the field of renewable energy.
The grant award resulted from the successful proposal submitted by three Barbadian International Visitor Leadership Program alumni to the U.S. Department of State’s ninth annual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. This year, 64 global alumni associations were awarded AEIF grants to execute their projects. AEIF supports U.S. Government Exchange Program alumni initiatives which promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. These alumni-led projects will foster economic prosperity; build civic participation, good governance, and resilient communities; advance science, technology, health, and innovation; promote inclusion and educational opportunity; and, empower women and girls around the world.
Commissioner of the Girl Guides Association of Barbados, Nadia Skeete joined lead alumni Felicia Cox, in accepting the grant and explained that the program will allow the brownies, girl guides, rangers and youth leaders to move from mere awareness of renewable energy to actively complete projects which benefit their communities.