SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - Each year, the Oranje Fonds hosts an evaluation meeting for the Kingdom’s “DOET” community service initiative where the organizers of NLdoet, Aruba DOET, Bon DOET, CURA DOET, Statia DOET and SXM DOET unite to reflect and brainstorm ways to ensure the success for yet another year.
This year, the regional meeting was hosted here in St. Maarten on May 28th and 29th at Simpson Bay Resort.
“DOET” is the largest volunteer initiative in the Dutch Kingdom where foundations, associations, schools and other NGOs host various projects that need the assistance of volunteers. The event is hosted on all Dutch Caribbean islands and in the Netherlands every second weekend in March.
During the two-day meeting, there is lots of discussion and dialogue about overcoming common hiccups and how to incorporate new ideas that celebrate volunteerism and the importance of giving back to community-driven organizations.
This year’s meeting also included site visits to some of the projects that were executed during SXM DOET 2018, showing our Kingdom partners the amazing work that our local volunteers were able to do, especially post Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.
As hosts many thanks go out to Simpson Bay Resort, Buccaneer Beach Bar, Avantika, La Patrona, the Sr. Regina School PTA, Engage Foundation, EPIC, and Seaside Nature Park/Intervision Foundation for helping make this meeting a success.
Next year’s SXM DOET will take place on March 8th and 9th 2019.
The SXM DOET Project Management Team is proud to announce that it will be the 5th year anniversary and is looking forward to having everyone join in on the giving back efforts.