Get up and Stand Up with R4CR!

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Participating members of the ECO Learning Program enhance their agricultural skills in the new greenhouse funded by R4CR at St Maarten Agricultural Research & Development Center Foundation in St Peters.

 

St Peters – The 1973 Hit Song Slogan by the great Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, today plays one of the roles towards motivating many community oriented activist. The phrase GET UP, STAND UP, stimulates our minds and souls to ACT ! Act on behalf of nature, cultural preservation, injustice, prejudice, workers rights, quality education, protecting our children, the right for peace and justice, oppertunity and over all love for humanity.

None of the above, is worth giving up the fight, and because some choose not to give up the fight, it brought an abundance of possibilities to those that deserved it.

Resources for Community Resilience (R4CR) has done just that. Got up and Stood Up!

An organization that focuses on strengthening the capacity of other community organizations was much in need. With their core values such as education, leadership, equality and accountability, they have also became role models to us at ECO St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center Foundation and others.

Today, we are here because of the fire that was ignited from such organizations and slogans that challenge the inequalities along this journey we call life, while working towards leaving a fertile path of abundant resources and fruit in all aspects for our communities and future generations to come !

Taking a stand for what you truly believe in, is the beginning of achieving it.

ECO SXM stands behind the principle of Educating, Cultivating and Outreaching to community members and those interested in achieving agricultural sustainability and resilience for our children, communities and Island.

‘’Nothing good comes easy, and nothing easy or cheap ain’t good.’’ Wyatte,  Project Coordinator at ECO SXM.

At the end of the day, what you put in, is what you will get out. Same aspect can be applied to ones health and our communities. What we put in, is what we get out. Currently, not sufficient or nothing, but that has slowly been adjusting as we see more positive organizations such as R4CR emerging in to our communities.

One of the trending reasons why We believe our communities are not moving forward is simply because of less or no community input from it’s members or non active organizations.

The most of us put our money into supermarkets in the community for example. But, think of it, What do those current supermarket owners do ? They pooled their resources together and created a supply chain for Us, supported by Us.

Some, may see it as a very strategic cooperative move, and it is. It’s also just business. So, the next question would be…. Can We pool together resources and create supply chains to meet our community members demands? The simple Answer is Yes. R4CR has clearly demonstrated that such methods can yield great results by providing adequate resources.

So, Why are we not doing it? Well, that may lead to a whole other paragraph.

We believe that many have tried and have lost confidence in others and themselves due to lack of consistency, transparency and accountability. These 3 simple things play great role in how we build our integrity!

Integrity – the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

“he is known to be a man of integrity”. This is what you want to be known for, its the greatest recognition one can be honored with.

We at ECO SXM focus on just that, ‘’integrity’’. It is the foundation on what we build and assure our principles and intensions are guided by such.

By upholding integrity and pooling our resources such as Intellectual properties, administration, agriculture, consulting, catering, local product development and  other essential services, there is no doubt that we may be able to come up with some pretty cool and creative project \ business ideas that can be geared toward meeting our community and it’s members needs and objectives. Which in the end, leads to a more resourceful sustainable community in all aspects.

Together, we can do just that and it doesn’t take a whole lot to achieve it, as every little counts.

We Thank R4CR for all the little things that they do, for it takes every little brick or block to build a home on this beautiful Island we call St Maarten..

Over the pass 7 months the trials and triumphs when it comes the development of our new greenhouse towards increasing our capacity of local agricultural production brought us great insight, learning experiences and joyful human interactions that will stand the test of time.

ECO SXM looks forward to making more resources available to community members and the general public such as educational programs, soil, seeds, seedlings, plants, home gardening \ farming assistance and project development in every effort to keep the awareness and importance of Agriculture for our communities alive.

Adding Strength to the capacity of ECO SXM and the development of our additional greenhouse which futures traditional and advance approaches toward the development of agriculture will allow us to execute our ECO Learning Programs for 2024 which started in Feb of this year and will encourage community members to get more involved in the much neglected sector that is of most value. It’s time for us to Get up and Stand up!

This project is funded by the Government of the Netherlands via the Sint Maarten

Trust Fund. The R4CR (Resources for Community Resilience) program is administered by the World Bank, implemented by VNGI, and overseen by the NRPB.

Interested in contacting ECO St Maarten Agricultural Research and Development Center Foundation for any of the above mentioned resources?

Please feel free to email us at ecostmaarten@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page @ facebook.com/StMaartenAgriculture