April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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At Zandoli and Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes, we support safety education for sexual assault awareness.  For the month of April, we will share materials relating to prevention and learning materials from our resource network.

We read through STOP IT NOW’s TIP SHEET: Everyday Actions to Keep Kids Safe and provided a basic summary for families.  This tip sheet is not just for victims, but for all family members to promote prevention.  Talking with your family and children educates them and like the old adage goes “Prevention is better than cure.”  That simply means that it is easier to prevent something than having to undo the pain and trauma of having to “fix” or “heal”.

Determine clear boundaries and guidelines.

    • All family members have a right to privacy when dressing, bathing, sleeping, etc… without being watched, touched or violated in uncomfortable ways.
    • If the child does not feel like kissing a relative, even it’s Grandma, allow the child to shake hands, respecting the child’s body.
      • Watch for inappropriate behavior in adults or older children.
        • Practice speaking about awkward things and saying uncomfortable or embarrassing words out loud and confronting those behaviors.
        • Report anything you suspect as sexual abuse.
          • Respect their privacy when they say “NO!” to touch that they are not happy with.

          Be prepared.

            • Have a safety plan
            • Make a list of people to report abuse or signs of abuse to

            Get the full TIP SHEET for your family’s action plan here.

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            Zandoli begins 1st batch of “Free STEM Education”

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            Zandoli International Foundation launched Zandoli STEM Incubator last year in an effort to provide free STEM education to communities that may have not had the opportunity to participate in these programs otherwise.  On Saturday, April 1st, ZIF sent all students who signed up last year, the prerequisites to begin the first batch.

            If you signed up for the Zandoli STEM Incubator last year, coursework has been emailed to all who registered. If you signed up and did not receive an email with your first course, please message info@zandoli.org.

            If you did not get a chance to sign up last year and would like to participate, please complete the form on this page.

            http://stem.zandoli.org/

            While participants are no longer required to live in Saint Lucia, or Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, the other requirements remain the same.

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            1.  Access to a computer.

            2. Strength in Mathematics.

            3. Intense desire to succeed.

            4. Self-motivation.

            5. Deep sense of purpose.

            6. Attend training near Raleigh/Durham or Castries, Saint Lucia. (NO LONGER REQUIRED.  ALL COURSES HAVE BEEN OPTIMIZED FOR ONLINE LEARNING).

            7. At least 18 years of age, having completed high school or the equivalent.

            8. 3 references from people in your community (no relatives).

             

            Due to the rigorous nature of the coursework and changes in the technology industry, we require all candidates to complete and pass a pre-requisite course.  The course: Big Data & Artificial Intelligence BDAi-101 will take approximate 6 hours to complete; although, you can complete it faster, or take longer if needed.  No penalties will arise from taking extra time; however, to be considered for continuation in the program, it is advised that students complete BDAi-101 by April 30, 2017.  After you complete the program, a career coach from Zandoli will be in touch with you regarding the educational path you would like to choose. Entry into all paths requires a passing grade of 70% in BDAi-101 to move on to the core curriculum.
            Please sign up to take the free prerequisite course BDAi-101 here:
            We thank you for your interest in STEM education with Zandoli and look forward to helping you reach success towards this effort.

            Zandoli hosts NO-CODE Hackathon: Competitive Intelligence Hackathon 2017

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            Our no-code hackathon is open to persons from all backgrounds to benefit from and contribute in analytical ways.

            We invite experts in their fields to discuss trends and competition in their industries. These range from fashion to tech and even bridge philanthropy and social action. Not everyone is a data scientist and we’ve found that analytical minds and super-code skills are not always found together within the same human. Some people are natural analysts with prodigious intuitions that the math wizards and programming superheroes lack. On the other hand, brilliant foresight and world-renowned creative strategies cannot fulfill the requirements for streamlined algorithms and interactive, high-level visualizations. We allow them to come together to build upon each “hack” with expressions from several genres/outlets.

            The hackathon is hosted online and is scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd from 2PM-5PM Eastern Standard Time.  The event boasts “invite only”; however specific requests can be made for individuals wishing to present who have not been on the initial list.  For consideration, if you have not yet received an invitation, please contact info@zandoli.org.

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            Our Competitive Intelligence Hackathon is the gathering of data on relevant industry dynamics through the environmental scanning process. This exclusive event is “invite only” and we are inviting experts in their fields to discuss gaps in the market and creative ways they can make contributions. If you received a special invitation to this hackathon, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation on your subject matter. The webinar platform will be equipped to play youtube videos, slide-shows, and documents in pdf, ppt and docx format. For security reasons for high-profile invitees, the guest list will not be available publicly. All presentations are due Sunday, April 16th for consideration.

            Your ‘Presentation Outline’ should follow these guidelines:

            Brief intro of industry
            Market gaps
            Competitor Analysis
            Trends Analysis
            References

            The following areas are open for invites for presenters:

            Comedy
            Music
            Fitness
            Journalism
            Public Policy
            Business
            Lifestyle
            Fashion
            Martial Arts
            Technology
            Science
            Social Action
            Philanthropy

            Each invitee is allowed up to 3 invites for additional presenters.

            ***If your specialization is not listed but you would like to present on a topic, please message the host with your request for consideration. (Special invite not required)***

            CCASC dons new logo!

            Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes is very pleased to present its new logo! Courtesy of the artist, Keevyn Mohammed!!  Please visit the CCASC Facebook page to Like and Follow our initiatives.  We are happy to say that many new updates will be announced in the near future.  Thank you to all of our supporters who continue to raise awareness of the injustices of sexual abuse and for highlighting methods of prevention.

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            Zandoli Africa: Tensions rise in Congo as militant groups kill police and civilians

            The Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the resource-richest nations in the world, has been under militant attack in recent months.  As reported by Al Jazeera News, the Kamwina Nsapu militia killed 40 policemen by decapitating them on Saturday, sparing 6 others who spoke their native language.

            The French government condemned the acts of violence in DRC and called for immediate action in a statement on their website.

            The United Nations indicates that the group has killed over 400 people since August 2016.  10 mass graves were found in the crisis-torn region of Kasai.  Kasai is just a two-hour flight from Kinshasa, DRC’s capital city and metropolis.  The UN states that there are close to 19,000 troops deployed in Congo, with 100 in Kasai.

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            Victoria Hospital Blood Bank Needs Blood

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            Yesterday, March 21st a few dozen people were injured and four fatalities occurred in Cul-de-Sac, Saint Lucia as reported by St. Lucia News Online.  The explosion took place at a quarry where a container filled with dynamite caught on fire.

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            In response to this incident, Victoria and Tapion hospitals are working diligently to ensures patients are recuperating.  Victoria Hospital is in need of blood and is asking persons to please make a donation at their location on Hospital Road.  The blood bank is open from 8AM-3PM, Monday to Friday.  The ages for blood bank donations are 17-70 years old. 17-year-old donors must get parental consent, by having parents sign a form giving permission to donate at the blood bank.  The blood bank did not specify types of blood needed but encouraged all persons within the age range to come out and give blood.  Any questions regarding the donation of blood to Victoria Hospital Blood Bank, please call (758) 456-8241.

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            Zandoli’s CCASC calls on the Government of Saint Lucia to investigate child abuse

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            Executive Director to Caribbean Committee against Sex Crimes, and CEO of Zandoli International Foundation, Camille St. Omer is calling on the authorities in Saint Lucia to investigate child molestation and sexual abuse on the island. The recent circulation of a video including underage children engaging in violation of other children is a reminder of the decay in the moral fabric of society.

            Deeply troubled by the unsettling news of the exploitation of minors in heinous ways, the organization hopes that crimes perpetrated against children will receive the fullest support of the justice system even in instances where victims lack financial or legal support. A major concern of CCASC are communities where child abuse is rampant and the incomes of families fall below the median for that district, crimes against minors go beyond the socially acceptable time frame. CCASC believes that these lower income demographics require immediate and free support by organizations on the island.

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            CCASC is prepared to share its programs of social development to minimize child sexual abuse and distribution of free education materials to families and school children. Caribbean Committee Against Sex Crimes is an organization with stakeholders and partner organizations throughout CARICOM and the world comprised of over 35+ groups advocating for child molestation prevention. CCASC hosted the US Department of Justice SMART office in a November 2016 meeting to determine best practices and viable options regarding CCASC and Zandoli’s advocacy for the establishment of a regional sex offender’s registry.

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