Zemi Foundation Assists Govt of Belize Establish a New Museum
April 2017: The Zemi Foundation's Executive Director, Dr. Kelley Scudder-Temple has been working with the Government of Belize on the development of an eco-museum in Belize City. With an emphasis on 19th Century Belizean culture and contemporary sustainable development planning initiatives, the museum is slated to open in early 2018. Dr. Scudder-Temple is responsible for the oversight of..
design of displays and exhibits,
the development of a comprehensive conservation programme,
and the development and implementation of various at-risk community planning initiatives.
A few of the programmes include traditional drum-making and drumming workshops for teenagers,
community gardens for families living on the southside of Belize City,
and cultural heritage documentation programmes throughout the country. Dr. Scudder-Temple also hopes to oversee an archaeological survey and excavation of the area surrounding the museum by the fall of 2017.
Zemi Foundation to Assist Turks & Caicos Digitize National Museum Archives
July 2016: Zemi Foundation staff Michael Temple, Paul Diamond and Dr. Kelley Scudder-Temple, along with Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Assistant Director Dr. Michael Pateman are conducting an archival digitization workshop through a grant from the British Library's Endangered Archives Program in Grand Turk. Also present Mrs. Patricia Saxton, Museum Director and Candianne Williams, Museum Manager. The program is expected to last 12-18 months in total.
May 2016: Through the British Library's Endangered Archives Program the Zemi Foundation has been awarded a two year grant to digitize thousands of rare and vulnerable documents in the Turks and Caicos. This project will be conducted in conjunction with volunteers, staff and researchers from the Turks and Caicos National Museum in Grand Turk http://tcmuseum.org . The digitization and dissemination of these archives will provide researchers with new insight into these forgotten islands, while training staff and volunteers on the digitization process.. All digitized files will be available to researchers, free of charge online by the fall of 2017 on the EAP website http://eap.bl.uk
Respite Care for Families in Need Goal: $85,000 We provide Respite Care for families of adolescents and young adults with autism.
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability worldwide. While the focus of programs has often been placed on children with autism, when these individuals become adolescents quality of life issues become particularly problematic. Throughout the Caribbean, children with autism are often cared for by aging grandmothers or placed in orphanages, as care for autistic adolescents can be fraught with difficulties.
Our on-site Respite Center will provide quality education and care for families of adolescents and young adults with autism. This Center will provide a safe environment for those suffering from autism, allowing their parents to work, to continue their education and to care for other family members. By providing respite to these families, adolescents with autism will be able to remain within their own communities, as opposed to state run institutions or orphanages.
During the first year of operation we will be able to provide full-time day care for four to five participants. By year two, we will be able to accommodate ten to twelve. The initial cost includes the purchase of the house ($24,000), upgrades and furnishings ($10,000), van for transport ($12,000), salaries ($18,000) and all operational costs ($21,000). By year two costs will be reduced to $65,000. Operational costs will be offset by supplemental educational programs offered to students from aboard.