Professor Rosalea Hamilton, Founder, Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance
Established in 2019, the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance (CariPhilAlliance) is led by Professor Rosalea Hamilton of Jamaica.
CariPhilAlliance is “an open platform for collaboration among the corporate sector, foundations and individual philanthropists to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the Caribbean for the Caribbean”.
Headquartered in Jamaica, CariPhil Alliance works with organisations across the Caribbean region to help accelerate their achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CariPhilAlliance’s first major initiative is the Caribbean Tree Planting Project. The goal is to plant one million trees to fight climate action and raise climate awareness.
Why did you start the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance?
It came out of the Worldwide Initiative Grantmakers Support forum held in Jamaica in April 2019 where I had made a presentation on philanthropy and the SDGs. I saw the opportunity where Caribbean organisations could come together by aligning themselves with the SDGs. Their work was already linked to the SDGs.
How has COVID-19 impacted the Caribbean Tree Planting Project?
It has slowed down our progress as we had to focus on other initiatives such as distributing care packages and looking internally at our operations. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that people were still planting trees during the lockdown. So, we decided to encourage people to plant at least one tree and launched the ‘It Start With A Seed” Competition.
Tell us about the “It Starts With a Seed” Competition.
The competition ran from June – September 2020. Participants had to plant and nurture a tree and post its progress on social media. We had four categories: novice planters, competent planters, expert tree planters and differently-abled planters. The prizes ranged from US$150 to US$100 and US$50. We received over 100 applications from youngsters in The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica etc. We had eight winners.
For more articles on sustainability and social engagement in the Caribbean, read our latest issue of ApaNa Magazine.
Issue 4 provides a range of technical articles covering the environment, climate change and renewable energy, corporate giving and features nonprofit organisations including Nature Fun Ranch in Barbados, Ocean Heroes Network in the Cayman Islands, Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance in the Caribbean region.