We Foster Education
Parents across all social classes in our region are facing various hurdles in their efforts to raise healthy, positive, progressive children. These challenges are becoming apparent in the region’s social and economic landscape.
The latest regional stats suggest that only 30 % of Caribbean parents tell stories, play games or sing songs to their children. For many, physical punishment begins at a very early age.
42% of Caribbean families are headed by only one parent – usually a woman.
Approximately 25-30% of Caribbean children start primary school without having acquired the basic cognitive skills needed to benefit from the education these institutions provide.
We are here to help parents and caregivers navigate the challenges of raising children in today’s world.
We partner with the relevant parenting organisations, governments, international and regional NGOs and the private sector.
EDUCATING CARIBBEAN PARENTS
We focus our efforts on partnering with the relevant parenting organisations, Governments, international and regional NGOs and the private sector to ensure:
“The promotion of the welfare of children and the family”, via:
- the improvement of knowledge, especially as it relates to parenting and child development and the public dissemination of such knowledge in a way not constituting propaganda;
- the promotion and publication of research with a view to increasing the common stock of knowledge in areas that affects children and improves parenting;
- the promotion of the welfare of children, including the prevention of cruelty to them;
- the promotion of the social well-being of the family.
SHAPING THE VISION
Francine and Joseph Charles have been married for 16 years and have been blessed with two beautiful children. They have experienced the challenges and joys of parenting and have seen the devastating effects on a generation that misinformed or absent parents can bring.
Francine and Joseph drew on the extensive experience they both have in communications and their shared passion for children and committed themselves to creating relevant media and materials to help Caribbean parents. Out of these efforts was born: My Child and I Charity.
Today, My Child and I Charity is supported by a team of similarly committed professionals who are themselves parents and caregivers. The TV show, public workshops and online family resource centre are all mammoth projects involving scores of people too numerous to mention here. Each of them have our undying gratitude for their tireless work.
Francine Charles is a communications professional and an advocate for effective parenting, with over 26 years of experience in media and communications.
Francine holds a First Class Honours Degree in Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and a Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University.
Joseph Charles is a Communications and Marketing professional. Before moving into Communications and Marketing, Mr. Charles was a career banker for over 15 years with a wide range of experience in this field. He is a Business Management graduate of the John Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad and Tobago. Joseph has a special heart for young people.
MEET OUR TRUSTEES BEHIND THE VISION
Owen Jones has 30 years of experience in the Financing Sector, including 15 years in Commercial Credit. He also brings to the team significant experience in providing accounting support to a Charity organisation.
Owen is now reading for his MBA.
Dr Veronica Evelyn, Ph.D
Dr. Veronica Evelyn is a Consultant Sociologist. She is owner and Director of Proteqt Inc., a Caribbean regional consulting firm which undertakes developmental research in the areas of Education, Public Health and Social Services. Dr. Evelyn has worked with children and adolescents both as a social worker and as a school guidance counsellor.
Ian Blanchard is the Managing Director of the Caribbean Institute of Leadership & Coaching (CILC) ActionCOACH.
Ian holds a HND in communications technology, an MBA from Brunel University and is a certified business & executive coach and a DiSC certified facilitator.
Theo Stefan Jones is an Attorney-at-Law. He holds an Associate Degree in Arts with three majors from the Barbados Community College and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B.) (Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados. He matriculated as a student of the Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad. He was called to the Barbados Bar in 2015.