Where we work in the Caribbean
- Launched: 2019
- Schools and kindergartens this year: 7
- Children this year: 445
- Total children since launch: 445
The Cayman Islands is the first country in the world to adopt our Special Needs programme from the start, alongside Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends. Our partner is the Alex Panton Foundation, which was established in memory of Alex Panton, who succumbed to the effects of severe depression at the age of 16. This will also be the first time that mental health promotion will be taught in Cayman schools.
Our partner in Cayman Islands: The Alex Panton Foundation
Coordinator: Xenia Sotiriou
- Launched 2015
- Schools and kindergartens this year - 6
- Children this year - 1,111
- Total children since launch - 1,500
Sint Maarten is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and has both English and Dutch-speaking schools. Zippy’s Friends started in Sint Maarten in 2015 with just two schools, organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The programme was interrupted in 2017 when Hurricane Irma hit the island, causing widespread devastation. It has now been revived by the Dutch Catholic Schools Foundation, with Apple’s Friends introduced in 2019/20. It is hoped that the programmes will spread beyond the Catholic schools in the future.
Coordinator: Ria Uiterloo
Trinidad and Tobago
- Launched 2011
- Schools and kindergartens this year - 41
- Children this year - 1,336
- Total children since launch - 18,640
Zippy’s Friends in Trinidad & Tobago is managed by the School Leadership Center, an association of current and former head teachers who are keen to promote excellence in local schools. Mental health promotion is in its infancy in these islands, and thirty-four teachers and heads attended the first training course, held in October 2011 in Port of Spain.
Zippy’s Friends has been warmly welcomed in Trinidad and is now expanding to primary schools across the island, with a variety of locations and religious affiliations.
Our partner in Trinidad and Tobago - The School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago
Coordinator: Elizabeth Crouch