Suriname

Conference on Crime Prevention in the Caribbean

Paramaribo, Suriname (June 13, 2017) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will host a regional crime prevention conference in Paramaribo, Suriname. The event will bring together stakeholders from several Caribbean countries to exchange best practices, tools and discuss challenges in addressing crime and violence.

Since 2013, PADF has been implementing a regional program that uses a community-based approach to reduce crime and violence among at-risk youth in the Caribbean. Funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) encourages collaboration between law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.

“Our crime prevention activities have touched thousands of lives in the Caribbean,” says Roberto Obando, PADF Program Director. “This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together participants from around the region to talk about what’s working and what can be improved. Only by working together can we address the root causes of crime.”

To date, the RAPP program has reached more than 8,000 people through crime prevention and community policing programs. The program’s main objective is to build mutual trust between police and law enforcement so that communities can work hand in hand with officials to prevent crime.

Representatives from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname are expected to attend the conference, including senior police officers, lawyers, magistrates, citizen security experts and staff from government ministries including education, national security and urban renewal. 

“We are encouraged by the amount of collaboration and community engagement around reducing crime in the Caribbean,” says Julisara Mathew, Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy. “The goal is to build on the work that has been done with the RAPP program and continue the dialogue about finding long-term solutions to address crime and violence.”

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 13, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Paramaribo, and will include remarks by representatives from the U.S. Embassy and the Government of Suriname. Some of the speakers are: Jody Witt from the University of Colorado, Andrew Stroude, former Magistrate of Trinidad & Tobago; Catherine DeLaura and Molly Hamm from the Dream Project in the Dominican Republic;  Courtney Brown, from the USAID-funded crime prevention program in Guyana; Hans De Greve from Suriname, and many other scholars and practitioners in the field of citizen security and justice.

The two-day workshop will include discussions on juvenile justice reform, inter-agency collaboration, community engagement to conduct crime prevention activities, school-based crime interventions, youth positive development programs, evidence-based practices to reduce crime and more.

PADF works as a strong advocate for positive youth development throughout the region. Our initiatives focus on employment generation, leadership training, crime and violence prevention and civic participation.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is an affiliate of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. In 2016, the foundation mobilized $95 million, reaching more than 8 million people in 18 countries. www.padf.org

PADF and USAID Celebrate Training of 2,500 of Suriname Youth

Paramaribo, Suriname (October 26, 2016) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the results of a three-year Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program, also known as Kari Yu!, which brought together public and private partners to empower youth in Suriname.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by PADF, Kari Yu! has supported basic life skills, vocational training, pre-employment skills and job placement services to more than 2,500 at-risk youth. Since 2013, more than 1,300 youth have received full time employment, completed an internship, started a business or returned to school as a result of the program.

Dines Paulus, one of the Kari Yu! graduates, who now works at PPS NV security company, shared his testimony at the event. “My supervisor told me that I had been selected for the premium guard training. I thought, WOW! This is nice. One step higher. In the end, I succeeded and received this big golden badge you can see on my uniform. I was really happy.”

The Kari Yu! program included a Youth to Youth (Y2Y) component that trained youth leaders to facilitate a basic life skills and pre-employment course to vulnerable youth in their own communities. After the five-week training program, career counselors mentor and coach participants for at least six months to enhance their ability to acquire and retain employment.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch youth go through the program and take ownership of their own lives,” says Kari Yu! Program Director Carlo Arze. “These trainings have empowered so many young people to reach their goals, while offering tools and encouragement along the way. Now, the future is in their hands."

In order to galvanize the private sector, PADF launched “Open the Door,” a multimedia awareness campaign that called on the government, local industries and vocational institutes to work together to create jobs for young people in Suriname. 

In addition to training youth, Kari Yu! has granted more than USD $800,000 to 26 projects implemented by NGOs in Suriname. Through these grants, Kari Yu! strengthened the capacity of local organizations and provided support and training in monitoring and evaluation, financial reporting, workforce development and effective mentoring for vulnerable youth.

Distinguished guests from the government, private sector and civil society organizations attended the closing ceremony including Edwin R. Nolan, U.S. Ambassador to Suriname; Christopher Cushing, Mission Director for USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean; and General Development Office Director Mr. T. Lawrence. PADF presented key program results and led a discussion on the future of youth development and youth employment initiatives in Suriname.

Results to date

o        2580 youth have participated in the Kari Yu! program

o        Over 730 youth have been placed in jobs

o        455 youth have completed an internship

o        32 youth started their own business

o        125 youth have returned to school or other training opportunity

o        30 juvenile justice reforms introduced

o        112 operators trained to implement these reforms

GFC Nieuws | Meer dan 700 Jongeren Geholpen aan een Baan Door Kari Yu

GFC Nieuws

De Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) heeft deze week de 8e certificaat-uitreiking en banenbeurs voor jongeren die met succes de Kari Yu! Youth to Youth (Y2Y) training hebben afgerond.

Bij die speciale uitreiking gedenkt Kari Yu! ook het feit dat meer dan 700 jonge Surinamers een baan hebben gevonden in het bedrijfsleven.

Om de bereikte resultaten te vieren, zal Kari Yu! een boek presenteren: “Faces of Kari Yu!” met de persoonlijke verhalen van 20 jongeren die een positieve verandering hebben doorgemaakt in hun leven dankzij de training en begeleiding. (GFC)

PADF Hosts Regional Crime Prevention Conference in Trinidad

Participants from three countries share best practices in social crime prevention 

Port of Spain, Trinidad (March 14, 2016) – On March 14 and 15, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will host a Caribbean Regional Conference on Crime Prevention in Trinidad and Tobago. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain and will bring together participants from the Bahamas, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. 

For more than two years, PADF has been implementing the Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP), funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in close collaboration with law enforcement agencies, government institutions and community groups in three countries. 

Since 2014, PADF has trained over 850 law enforcement officers and 7,500 at-risk youth and community members through its RAPP program. The program has also provided funds to implement small-scale crime prevention projects in neighborhoods with high crime rates.

RAPP is a unique regional effort that employs a social crime prevention approach to reduce crime and violence, particularly among at-risk youth, in the Caribbean.

The objective of this regional effort is:

  • To enhance the capacity of young people, police, justice sector and other government officials to work together on crime prevention
  • To build mutual trust between these two groups to identify and anticipate the common causes of crime before they develop

Representatives from Trinidad, the Bahamas and Suriname are expected to attend, including senior police, lawyers, magistrates, citizen security experts and staff from government ministries including education, national security and urban renewal. 

“This unique social crime prevention program has been very successful in these countries,” says Roberto Obando, RAPP program director at PADF. “Through this conference, our goal is to bring together law enforcement and government officials from various Caribbean countries to share their successes, best practices and lessons learned with their peers.”

The event will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. on Monday March 14, 2016 with a welcome speech by Nicholas Galt, Executive Chairman of the TSL Group and PADF Board Member. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) will also attend. Detective Mary Wheat from the Portland Police Department in Oregon will deliver a keynote lecture on strategies to increase public safety and reduce violence in the region.

The two-day workshop will include discussions on evidence-based practices, inter-agency collaboration and experiential learning as a tool to address the needs of at-risk youth. PADF works as a strong advocate for youth throughout the region. Our initiatives focus on employment generation, leadership training, combatting forced labor, crime and violence prevention and civic participation.

GFC Nieuws | Jongerendialoog in Opa Doeli doorgangscentrum

GFC Nieuws, January 29, 2016

De Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) heeft in samenwerking met het ministerie van Justitie en Politie (JusPol) op vrijdag 15 januari een jongerendialoog gehouden in het Opa Doeli doorgangscentrum. De PADF voert een breed scala aan programma’s uit, die welvaart moeten bewerkstelligen voor kwetsbare mensen in Latijns-America en het Caribische Gebied.

De jongerendialoog is een preventieprogramma van PADF dat een transformatie heeft gemaakt naar de jongeren in detentie. Jongeren die vastzitten in het Opa Doeli doorgangscentrum hebben onder begeleiding van de PADF gediscussieerd over jongeren vraagstukken zoals “Hoe zit het justitieel apparaat van Suriname in elkaar, heb je er vertrouwen in en ben je bewust van je misdaden?”

Verder zijn er presentaties gehouden over de jeugd, criminaliteit en de sociale benadering van de misdaadpreventie. Er is ook een film vertoond met een krachtige boodschap van Regillio Hardjopawiro, die in aanraking is geweest met de politie, maar nu zijn tweede kans positief benut. De coördinator van Opa Doelie doorgangscentrum, Daniëlle Beeldsnijder, heeft aan het einde van de dialoog gezegd dat door de spontane participatie van de jongeren, zij heeft kunnen merken dat die bewuster zijn geworden om met hun vragen om te gaan.

Zij zullen nu ook een bijdrage kunnen leveren door anderen te helpen om niet in het gevang te belanden of bij herhaling een misdrijf begaan. De jongeren zaten in groepen met als coördinator de majoor van politie Henry Kia, Erna Aviankoi en Gita Nannanden-Harpal van Bureau Vrouwen en Kinderbeleid van het ministerie Justitie en Politie. Er zullen nog meer van zulke activiteiten samen met PADF worden uitgevoerd.

Juspol | PADF en Juspol Organiseren Jongerendialoog

Suriname Ministerie van Justitie en Politie (Suriname Ministry of Justice and Police)

January 15, 2016

De Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) heeft in samenwerking met het ministerie van Justitie en Politie (Juspol) op vrijdag 15 januari een jongerendialoog gehouden. Deze jongeren dialoog is een preventie programma van PADF, maar hebben nu ook een transformatie gemaakt naar de jongeren in detentie.

Dit om ze kennis te laten opdoen, ze bewust te maken over de groei van criminaliteit onder jongeren en om te voorkomen dat ze recidiveren.De jongeren hebben onder begeleiding vanuit de PADF gediscussieerd over jongeren vraagstukken zoals ‘het Justitieel apparaat hoe zit het in elkaar in Suriname’, Heb je vertrouwen erin’ en‘Ben je bewust van de misdaden?’.

Er is ook een belangrijk onderdeeldatvoorkomt in het preventie programma van PADFen dat isjongeren diezo een verleden hebben en gecorrigeerd zijn een presentatie houden. De jongeren zaten in groepen en elke groep had een coördinatormet onder andere Erna Aviankoi, de politiefunctionaris Henry Kia en Gita Nannanden-Harpal van Bureau Vrouwen en Kinderbeleid van Juspol.

Verder zijn er presentaties die allemaal te maken hadden met dejeugd , criminaliteit de sociale benadering van de misdaadpreventie gehouden voor de groep. Er is verder een film vertoont met een krachtige boodschap van Regillio Hardjopawiro dieook zo een verleden heeft, maar nu zijn tweede kans positief benut.

De coördinator van Opa Doelie, Danielle Beeldsnijder,  heeft aan het einde van de dialoog aangegeven dat deze activiteit geslaagd is. Door de spontane participatie was het duidelijk dat zij veel hebben opgestokenen nu echt bewust zijn over de groei van het vraagstuk en de bijdrage die zij zelf kunnen leveren anderen te helpen niet bij Opa Doelie te belanden en niet te recidiveren. Met deze jongerendialoog is een stap gemaakt in de richting nog meer van zulke activiteiten samen met PADF uit tevoeren.

Dialogue in Suriname Builds Trust Among Youth

PADF’s Resistance and Prevention Program (RAPP) works to build trust among community members and government officials through youth dialogues. These activities allow school-aged adolescents, their families, and community members to discuss issues related to social crime prevention. They also motivate people to create a safer community and generate a space for finding potential solutions. 

On December 11, 2015, RAPP hosted a youth dialogue in Moengo, Suriname, two hours outside the capital of Paramaribo.  More than 90 youth shared their views on social crime prevention and interacted with two special guests.

The first guest speaker, Regillio Hardjopawiro, gave a motivational speech by sharing his life story. He used to be involved in violent crime, and many of his friends had been killed. He realized he had to change his ways or he was going to be next. Regillio turned to the church and was able to change his path and become an example of positive life choices. Besides advising the youth about staying away from crime, he also encouraged them to continue in school and to use protection to prevent early and unwanted pregnancy.

After the speech, PADF staffer and popular Surinamese singer Byciel Watsaam, performed two of his inspirational songs and received the praise of all in attendance. Overall, the youth were very engaged in both the discussions and the guest presentations.

PADF and USAID Celebrate Graduates of Suriname Youth Program

Paramaribo, Suriname (December 3, 2015) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the graduation of 118 youth from a youth-led employment training and mentorship program. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by PADF, the Suriname Youth Development and Juvenile Justice Program—also known as Kari Yu!—brings together public and private partners to support the social inclusion and economic empowerment of youth.

The Kari Yu! Youth 2 Youth program identifies and trains youth leaders as career counselors and facilitators so that they can implement a basic life skills and pre-employment course to vulnerable youth in their communities. A Basic Life Skills training manual has been developed in collaboration with Suriname’s Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. In addition to the five-week training program, career counselors mentor and coach participants for at least three months after they have been placed in a job to enhance their ability to acquire and retain employment. To date, the Kari Yu! program has trained more than 1,600 youth and 310 youth have been placed in jobs.

The Youth 2 Youth program is implemented in the districts of Paramaribo, Wanica and Nickerie in the neighborhoods of Paramaribo Centre, Sophia's Lust, Latour, Lelydorp and Nieuw Nickerie.

A job fair took place following the graduation ceremony has found a various companies, at which the young unemployed could apply. The ceremony was dedicated to inspiring and motivating young people and included speeches from youth leaders in the program.

"Make good use of the knowledge and skills you have acquired during training and make use of the opportunities that are offered to you,” The chairman of the

National Youth Parliament, Priya Sital, told the graduates. “Your own commitment, will determine your future."

Representatives from the Surinamese business community also shared their experiences. Antusa Lim a Po, commercial Manager of Alupro, appreciated the guidance that Kari Yu! career counselors provided to youth employees. "If the graduates have personal problems or problems at work, we can always rely on the counselors,” she said. “They are always there."

The ceremony also included the premiere of"Stories of Kari Yu!" a short documentary that follows young people who took part in the program. The video shares their job search experiences and will be broadcast by several television stations in Suriname.

Results to date

  • 1604 youth have participated in the Kari Yu! program
  • 310 youth have been placed in jobs
  • 337 youth have completed an internship
  • 24 youth started their own business
  • 30 juvenile justice reforms introduced
  • 112 operators trained to implement these reforms

 

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