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SI Newtown

Soroptimist International Newtown (SINT) is the 6th Soroptimist club to be chartered in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Chartered in 2010 our current SIgnature Programme Action activity is our workshop series – My Sister’s Keeper – which is directed specifically to women and young girls in the community.

Our workshops have centered around topics such as Alternative Career Paths, Safety and Self-Defense and Financial Literacy.

Other than our workshop series we have other projects and activities all of which are focused on the United Nations calendar days.

These include our campaigns for International Women’s Day, Orange the World supporting non-violence towards women and World Literacy Day.

Our members continue to actively pursue making that positive difference in the lives of women and girls.

Join us to learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of women and girls in Trinidad and Tobago!

Email us at sint.soroptimist@gmail.com

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Recent Activities

Sharing our accomplishments with you, and wishing you a fabulous 2022.

 

During the most wonderful time of the year Soroptimist Newtown Trinidad (SINT)collaborated with the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago to bring some Christmas Joy to women in need.

We provided food, vegetable and fruit hampers that were distributed to Single Mothers  of Migrant Families who are Rape Crisis Clients.

The veggie and fruit baskets were sourced from local rural farmers located in Brasso Seco , Tableland and Paria. The food hampers consisted of items that the recipients could prepare traditional Christmas meals from their homeland.

Family is not always bonded by blood, they can be bonded by love. From our Family to yours Happy Holidays ! 💕💝

 

On Saturday, November 6th, we celebrated our 11th Club Anniversary. 

Enter: SINT GAME!

An afternoon of games, fun, sisterhood, love, laughs and fantastic memories.

Our theme was based on shapes, primarily: The Circle ⭕️

Our Circle of Women progress from strangers to sisters. That is the superpower of Sisterhood. There is no beginning or end, no head or tail , but one flow of dynamic energy.

The circle of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we are weak and sing to us when we are strong.

 

Over recent years there has been a notable shift in the diversity of women in traditionally male-dominated fields, for instance in STEM careers. However, there is more work to be done to sensitize and create opportunities for women to access male-dominated fields and alternative careers for example as Air Guards, Firefighters, Personal Trainers, Architects, Music DJs, etc.

Further, there has always been a stigma attached to alternative careers as it was seen as a digression from traditional mainstream careers and for those that were unable to cope with the rigors of such fields. However, alternative careers are quite skilled areas that have created very lucrative careers for men over the decades.

SI Newtown is seeking to empower young girls with the tools and confidence to take on traditionally male-dominated or alternative careers. On Friday, October 15th, 2021, we proudly hosted a Virtual Alternative Career Fair with the following presenters:

Jenna Camacho – Personal Trainer
Sasha Dalla Costa – Architect
Satay Collymere – Beautician
Terry Ann Thomas – Air Guard
Charlotte Chadee – DJ
Crystal Friday – Carpenter & Plumber

Tree-planting at Bishop Anstey High School

On Saturday September 25th, ladies of SI Newtown planted a Meyer Lemon tree at Bishop Anstey High School (BAHS), Port of Spain. The Meyer Lemon tree is a sweet winter citrus. It is a hybrid between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange.

This tree-planting is a part of Soroptimist International’s 100th Birthday globally. What better way to celebrate the first centenary of Soroptimists, to raise the profile of our Organisation and to help the environment than to plant trees!

We planted this tree at BAHS not just for its beauty, and contribution to our planet, but once it begins to bear, the school can sell its produce for funds that can go towards the school, and thereby benefit the girls in their education journey.

A plaque was erected at the foot of the tree which reads:
“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.”
Malala Yousafzai

The quote on the plaque comes from a speech Malala gave at the United Nations.

In celebration of SI’s Centenary, on Sunday, July 25, 2021, SITT published a 24-page newspaper supplement with the Guardian Newspaper, Trinidad.
Here’s our full-page editorial…

To read the entire supplement, click on the link below to access our FlipBook:

https://online.fliphtml5.com/ahemv/zzmz/

 

Soroptimist International Newtown uplifts the grounds of the Maternity Ward at the Port of Spain General Hospital

In celebration of 100 years of Soroptimist International (SI), on Saturday, July 17, ladies of Soroptimist International Newtown (Trinidad) planted a Double Chaconia tree on the grounds of the Maternity Ward at the Port of Spain General Hospital.

July 17 was also Soroptimist Day of Action for the SI Federation, Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) which includes Trinidad and Tobago. The theme for SIGBI’s Day of Action 2021 was “Transform Our Future On The Earth”. As an Organization with special General Consultative Status to the UN’s Economic and Social Council, our mandate is tied to the UN, hence, our focus this year was on Goal 13 of the Sustainable Developmental Goals – Climate Action.

As a vibrant and dynamic group of young women whose aim is to educate, empower and enable women and girls, we deliberately selected the Maternity Ward of the POSGH to plant this beautiful Double Chaconia tree. In addition to the scientific name, and information on the tree, the plaque reads:

WOMAN: A Spirit Courageous and Bold, Her Body Powerful Beyond Measure.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day 2021, all six Soroptimist International Clubs of Trinidad and Tobago united to produce a series of videos featuring prominent local women who choose to challenge gender bias and inequality.

These women hail from different backgrounds and each shared their journey and determination to forge a gender-equal world.

SI Newtown is truly honored to have interviewed Camille Selvon Abrahams. She is the Director of Animae Caribe Animation Festival, and the Director of Full Circle Animation Studio.

 

For World Teachers Day (October 5, 2020) and World Mental Health Day (October 10, 2020)
SI Newtown, Trinidad conducted 2 workshops (via Zoom) entitled Teaching In Crisis:
Reimagining the Future
for teaching professionals.

Our aim was to provide teachers with knowledge on useful coping mechanisms for managing their mental health in the COVID-19 environment. Special thanks to Counseling Psychologist, Trishsanna Poyah-Rasul who facilitated both workshops.

In commemoration of World Space Week, October 2020, SI Newtown, Trinidad partnered with The Ministry of Education and NIHERST (The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology). We held a Virtual Science Fair where students and teachers were given a golden opportunity to meet NASA professionals along with local and international professionals in all spheres
of science.

The Charter of SI Newtown, Trinidad – 6 November 2010

10 years later – 6 November 2020