SINT MAARTEN (ST. JOHN’S ESTATE) – The White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) is calling out to the youth and elderly of St. Maarten to participate in 'Hurricane and Rainbows' project!
“Are you 65 + or between the age of 15 and 18? Then be a part of this amazing project, which aims on bridging the gap between generations and documenting our history concerning the impact of hurricanes.
“The purpose of our project 'Hurricane and Rainbows' is to link the young people and seniors of St. Maarten through life story interviews about coping with (the aftermath of) hurricanes. This project is set up by the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation and financed by the National Disaster Fund of the Netherlands.
“With this project, we are focusing on developing an intergenerational connection, we hope to stimulate providing psychosocial support to each other and to enrich the documentation of the history of St. Maarten with personal experiences from our seniors and youth concerning hurricanes.
“This intergenerational project focuses on bringing young and old together. Workshops will be organized for the young students by professionals (like photographers, journalists) as preparation to give them knowledge, inspiration and tools concerning interacting with elderly, interviewing, writing, photography, filming and social media skills.
“After the workshops, adolescents will be connected to a senior. Several visits will take place in which the students and the seniors will be stimulated to share their experiences concerning hurricanes. Some students will get the opportunity to process the experiences shared during the meetings in a story.
“They will be supported by the professionals in understanding the personal and historic past and the language arts process of article writing. Other students will get the opportunity to focus on the visual documentation.
“A portrait of the senior and the interviewing student will be made with help of a photographer, which captures the essence of the persons and the experiences they shared. In addition, the possibility will be provided to have video recordings to capture the interaction and the process of the documenting, supported by the professionals.
“The result (the stories and the pictures) will be documented in a publication, which will be presented during an exhibition that will be open to the community of St. Maarten. At this event, the different participants can show their experiences through video, photography, displaying parts of the stories on screens and performances.
“Most of these workshops and activities will take place on weekends or the afternoon hours so it will not interfere with your schoolwork or weekday activities. If you think this project is for you and you would like to participate, please contact the project coordinator and become part of our documented history!”