WILLEMSTAD – From June 3rd to June 5th, part of the SXM DOET Project Team attended the evaluation meeting hosted by the Oranje Fonds for the entire Koninkrijk Doet (‘Kingdom Does’) initiative in Otrabanda, Curaçao, which is the largest volunteer initiative in the Dutch Kingdom. Organizers from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten and the Netherlands attended the conference in order to evaluate and analyze the successes of ARUBADOET, BONDOET, CURADOET, STATIADOET, SXMDOET and NLdoet, respectively, and to identify any challenges and possible solutions to the challenges faced. This in turn will lead to an even better turn out and result for the 2016 DOETs.
At the conference, each organizing team was responsible for identifying any obstacles or bottlenecks experienced during their version of DOET, along with the successes and solutions to any challenges faced in their DOET program. “Overall, the experience was a very valuable one. I gained great insight into how the other islands execute their programs and returned home full with ideas,” said Melanie Choisy, president of the Be The Change Foundation.
Earlier this year in March, Be The Change Foundation, under the direction of the Oranje Fonds, executed for the first time SXM DOET, the St. Maarten version of a popular Kingdom-wide community service event held annually. Over 1.000 volunteers came out to lend a helping hand to one of the 39 projects, hosted by 27 NGO’s, held over two days, around the island to emphasize how together we achieve more.
Next year, SXMDOET will take place on March 11-12, 2016. Visit their Facebook page (facebook.com/sxmdoet), as well as their website www.sxmdoet.com, to stay updated with the latest news on how you can do your part in giving back to the SXM community, and to see the brand new promotional video! For more information on the program visit www.sxmdoet.com or call 580-1437.