August 7th, 2017 — SPBS first collaborated with the Children of the Caribbean Foundation (COTC) in 2013 – it was at this event that both organizations agreed to sponsor (via a cash award) an economically challenged student sitting exams at the CEMSS and the Basseterre High School. Today, we celebrate the success in philanthropy exhibited by COTC and are proud of the St. Kitts heritage in its co-founder, Mrs. Rosie Hodge.
One of the key reasons this award is offered is because of the reach demonstrated by COTC to assist and in projects in multiple Caribbean countries including Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, St. Vincent and St. Kitts. Key accomplishments by the group are shown below:
• April, 2014: Award presented to Children of the Caribbean Foundation for building the pharmacy for children with HIV/AIDS at the Cyril Ross, Trinidad. Presented to the Foundation by Madonna Stewart Morris/Cyril Ross Nursery & St. Vincent de Paul, Trinidad. http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,158580.html
• December 2011: COTC awards its first scholarship to Damian Rivers from Nevis who attended Cameron University
• May, 2013: Recognized by The Government of Jamaica, W.I., Ministry of Education for installing flush toilets at the Salt Spring Primary School, Parish of St. James, Jamaica. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130601/western/western3.html
• May 2014: Recognized by The Helping Hands Society of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for establishing the first pre-school for children with special needs in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Vincent.
• October 2014: Awarded membership with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Civil Society.
• December 2015: Recognized by the Government of St. Kitts & Nevis, Ministry of Health for establishing the Nurse Hodge Project – an incentive program to increase the attendance of pregnant women at pre-natal clinics in the rural Old Road health district on St. Kitts. The program is being extended to Haiti in July 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-rC_sTLdiU
Co-founder and Executive Director, Mrs. Rosie Hodge-Adams has a compelling mantra that is at the foundation of COTC – “every child matters”. Rosie Hodge-Adams attended Basseterre High School. She was crowned Ms. St. Kitts in 1988 and has been an ambassador for St. Kitts ever since. In 2006, she graduated from Loyola Marymount University with an MBA in International Business & Finance.
Rosie transitioned from working in Securities and Investments to become a stay at home mom with her three kids.
Together, with her husband Julien Adams, they co-founded the COTC in 2010. Growing up in the Caribbean afforded Julien and Rosie the opportunity to appreciate the simple things in life yet aspire to achieve greater things through hard work good ethic. SPBS recognizes the successes and sweat equity exhibited by Rosie in directly delivering these awards, and more importantly in directly experiencing the needs and hardships of children across the Caribbean region. Most recently, on June 17th 2017, Julien and Rosie were recognized with the Founder’s Award by the Caribbean Heritage Organization.
At SPBS we have adopted the phrase “we give back, so that others can move forward”. We find strong parallel with COTC and its cofounders who describes success as “success is about the gains made in helping others without – because in helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves, we express our true Caribbean values”.