Literacy Project ~ Penal Rock Road

In observance of The United Nations General Assembly’s ” International Day of Education”, Soroptimist International Esperance presented Penal Rock SDMS Early Childhood Centre with storybooks, colouring books, workbooks, crayons and modeling clay.

Our club chose this project to support the UN in their first-ever International Day of Education campaign to meet targets of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. It was designed to raise awareness of the role a quality education plays in poverty eradication and other areas. This plays an important part in future economic empowerment and quality of life for all. 

Members of Soroptimist International Esperance with the staff and students of Penal Rock Road SDMS Early Childhood Care and Education Centre.

The project involved establishing a relationship with the Early Childhood Centre, assessing their needs and purchasing the items needed, and a visit to the Centre and presentation of the items by club members. We aim to educate, enable and empower students to be the best that they can be.

Soroptimists presented books and educational materials to the teachers . (L to R) SI Esperance President Cheryl Boodoosingh, Seema Soondar, Soroptimist Sheila Hassanali and Dulcie Dookie.


Esperance Soroptimist Ursula de Castro presents books to teacher Neisha Ali.


Presentations were made by (L to R) Esperance Soroptimist Sheila Hassanali to Dulcie Dookie and by Communications Officer Marilyn Lalla to Ava Morales.


President Elect of SI Esperance Denyse Ewe makes a presentation to Seema Hassan while Soroptimist Ursula de Castro (L) looks on.

This project resulted in laying the foundation for Trinidad to be an integral part of the future development and achievement of peace and the building of sustainable societies in the future. The national newspaper, The Trinidad Express published an article about the project in which they said, ” SI Esperance recognizes the foundational role of education for peace and development and acknowledges that quality education transforms lives from an early age.”

Esperance Soroptimist Laura Hinkson enjoying the new books and crayons with students of Penal Rock Road SDMS Early Childhood Care and Education Centre.

Communications Officer Marilyn Lalla of SI Esperance reads a story with some of the children of Penal Rock Road SDMS Early Childhood Care and Education Centre.

SI Esperance President Elect Denyse Ewe and Soroptimist Laura Hinkson share a new book with the children of Penal Rock Road SDMS ECCE.

Esperance Soroptimist Ursula de Castro chatting about the gifts with one of the students.