Where we work in the Caribbean

Cayman Islands

Programmes: Zippy's Friends, Apple's Friends, Zippy's Friends for Pupils with SEN

  • Launched: 2019
  • Children this year: 3,184
  • Total children since launch: 3,688

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

Sint Maarten

Programmes: Zippy's Friends, Apple's Friends

  • Launched 2015
  • Children this year - 0*
  • 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

*Our partner has been unable to run Zippy and Apple last year due to Covid restrictions in schools but hope to run the programmes this year