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Dominica Tours promotes and actively demonstrates Corporate Social Responsibility through AYAHORA Communities of Excellence (ACE) Foundation Inc.
The Ayahora Communities of Excellence (ACE) Foundation Inc., is a registered non-profit organisation that seeks to promote and inculcate sustainable development principles and practices through the delivery and support of quality environmentally-sensitive, culturally-relevant educational programmes and initiatives.
To accomplish this vision, the Ayahora Foundation will partner with Vetivert INC., WILDDominique, Global Resilience Systems, the Kalinago Institute for Global Resilience & Regeneration, the new WAIKADA, Aywasi Kalinago Retreat and with other relevant persons and agencies to develop centres, institutions and projects, focused on the specific key sectors within a holistic education framework: leadership and entrepreneurship, creativity & innovation, science and technology, resilience and regeneration, sports and well-being.
The main educational project that we are presently working on is the development of a model "green" Inspirational Leadership Institute (ILI). We are collaborating with the Montessori Centre of Dominica, incorporated in 1996, and with the RNS «Schools for Schools” project in New Brunswick, Canada to develop our first Inspirational Leadership Institute, designed to house a day-time Montessori pre-primary school to serve the children in and around the Kalinago Territory, which will also function as a Centre for adult skills training in the evening. The “Schools for Schools” project of RNS was the brainchild of a bright and generous-hearted young RNS Grade 10 student, who mobilized teams of volunteer Canadian students, teachers, architects and engineers, moved to action by the devastation we suffered in Dominica from Hurricane Maria, and will be donating and shipping a starter classroom/«school in a can» with all equipment and materials for 35 pre-primary students.
The Ayahora Foundation will work towards delivering a variety of programmes, including early childhood and primary level education; adult literacy and skills training, as well as building leadership to help maintain and sustain the programmes. Thé Foundation is working with local, regional and international partners to build on existing initiatives, as well as to explore emerging educational opportunities.
The Ayahora Foundation is currently exploring a partnership with a Montessori School in Ontario, Canada where our Kalinago teachers who will be undergoing Montessori teacher training in Canada, will be able to do their practical training.
It is anticipated that the "green" institute will be completely off-grid and aims to be self-sufficient in line with Dominica’s new focus to build back better and in a more resilient manner... to be the world's first climate resilient country. A central theme of the institute will be the development of an efficient organic school Garden, where the children will learn to grow what they eat and eat what they grow, with direct links to school and road-side market stands to provide additional ongoing revenue streams.
To complete the first Inspirational Leadership Institute, to be built on a designated site in the indigenous Kalinago community, the most disenfranchised community in Dominica, we are currently working on mobilizing resources and seeking additional funds to cover costs related to the engineering support for the foundation, waterworks/bathrooms, sewerage, organic garden and landscaping works, as well as for the recruitment and online and face-to-face training of prospective Montessori teachers, and additional team members.
We are committed to providing affordable, world-class education and training across the island, as we have successfully done in the past through the Montessori Centre of Dominica, with our overarching vision of contributing to the responsible development of our community, island, region, global village.
For more information, kindly contact:
Yvonne Armour Hill
Ayahora Communities of Excellence (ACE) Foundation Inc.
P.O. Box 34, Roseau
Commonwealth of DOMINICA
Mr Kimani Lapps, Postgrad Student redevelopment/entrepreneurial studies, Canada (from Salybia, Kalinago Territory)
Mrs Vincia Auguiste, Kalinago Lawyer/Registrar of Lands, Dominica
Mrs Juliette Fadelle, Entrepreneur/Former Head of Planning, Dominica
Ms Jeanelle Brisbane, Environmentalist/Founder of WildDominique, Dominica
Ms Nadira Lando, Kalinago Lawyer/State Attorney; Honorary Director/Chair of Committee on Women Affairs, Women & Governance
Mrs Carla Armour, Artist/Creative Tourism Consultant, UK
Mrs Beverly Blatcher Lawrence, Accounts Director, UK