Creating Better Opportunities For Community


Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust offers service to the community by enabling education for children in need. We put great emphasis on each child’s learning, which helps in the overall improvement of the individual.

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About Us


This Charity is the successor organization of the now defunct Eden Lodge Youth Group and is made up of volunteers called “Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust“ or as it was also generally known, “ELYCT”, under the auspices of Dwayne Grazette, it continues to serve the community as done by its predecessor.

The Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust is a local charity born out of the former Eden Lodge Youth Group. The Trust has been supplying under privileged children and families across Barbados with the necessities to survive and succeed for the past 20 years. Under our Needy Children’s Program, the charity is wholly focused on ensuring the youth of Barbados involved in our programmes achieve academically and socially. The Trust engages and interacts with communities by, with and through: mentorship, feeding families, motivating and shaping future leaders, enabling innovation, assisting schools, cultivating business skills, volunteerism, creating avenues for learning, developing social awareness, skills and strengthening families.

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Assisting children of school age is our primary focus and the Back to School programme is one such avenue by which the trust is pleased to engage the continued support of corporate Barbados since its inception in 1996. This year, the Trust was able to lend assistance to approximately 200 students across the Primary and Secondary levels. The 2017 Back to School Programme has again been successful at alleviating some of the strain the financial requirements of schooling children.

The Eden Lodge Youth Charitable Trust remains committed to assisting financially challenged families across Barbados. Corporate Barbados’ support and their valuable donations are extremely essential. These donations have made it possible for the trust to continue working to ensure a brighter future for the younger generation of Barbados.

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The Objectives Of The Charity


  • To provide volunteer assistance to underprivileged families.
  • To work in partnership with other youth oriented charities to provide work and other opportunities to persons within the communities.
  • To provide members with opportunities for training, tutelage and life-long learning to enhance their competence as people.
  • To provide an avenue for people in the community to be independent and to fight poverty.
  • Provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for the recreation or other leisure-time occupation of people in neighbourhoods to benefit those in need of such facilities. Whatever age group, physical ability, social or economic circumstance, our objective is to improve their conditions of living.
  • To provide or secure the provision of educational tools for young people across the island;
  • Provide or assist in the provision classes, workshops, training, seminars, performances, lectures, discussions, exhibitions, outings and events.
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Operational Structure


The Charity has a board of trustees, which sets the guidelines of the organization, its policies and oversees the overall functions of the charity. The Charity is administered by a Council/ Trustees elected by the membership at the General Meeting. The Council/ Trustees are comprised of not more than six (6) voting members, namely:

  • PRESIDENT
  • VICE PRESIDENT
  • SECRETARY
  • TREASURER
  • 2 TRUSTEES

The Council/Trustees may co-opt up to two (2) other members of the Charity who in the opinion of the Council/Trustees possess skills and knowledge, which will assist the Council/Trustees in carrying out its strategic mandate.

Our Trustees


Dwayne Grazette

Dwayne Grazette

President

Lee Hall

Lee Hall

Vice President

Marsha Greenidge

Marsha Greenidge

Secretary

Ryle Stuart

Ryle Stuart

Treasurer

Billie-June Langdon

Billie-June Langdon

Public Relation Officer

Jade Small

Jade Small

Trustee

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The Day To Day Functions
Charity
Office & Administrative Unit


The Charity Office was established by the Trustees to assist them with the execution of daily functions and furtherance of the objectives of the Charity.

The Chairpersons of the Operational/ Administration Unit are selected by their Trustees from members and are approved by the Trustees.

  • The Trustees upon establishing the council make a special paper and operational budget to be approved by them and is fulfilled by the CEO of the council.
  • The council sets up an office and appoints a C.E.O, Administrative Officer, Finance Officer/Accountant etc. as it sees fits to run the charity’s daily functions and programmes.
  • An honorarium is paid to the council’s staff members and must be submitted to the board of trustees for approval.
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  • Travel and all office expenses are paid by the charity for any such office related functions for its best operation.
  • To keep the operational expenses to a minimum the above is done by seeking donations and discounts for our office equipment and supplies etc. to carry out the functions and programmes of the Trust.
  • The C.E.O of the Operational/Administrative Unit’s main responsibilities are outlined in the By-Laws and Operational Procedures. The C.E.O recruits as required the operational staff to carry out the responsibilities of the office and these persons come from among the listed clients, as this assists with the reduction of families we assist.

Operational Staff


Dwayne Grazette

Dwayne Grazette

Chief Executive Officer

Merle Niles

Merle Niles

Accounts & Admin Officer

Christine Nicholls

Christine Nicholls

Finance Officer

Jade Small

Jade Small

Office Assistant/ Messenger

Operational Staff


Dwayne Grazette

Dwayne Grazette

Chief Executive Officer

Merle Niles

Merle Niles

Accounts & Admin Officer

Christine Nicholls

Christine Nicholls

Finance Officer

Jade Small

Jade Small

Office Assistant/ Messenger

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