News

Oct 31, 2019

“He came to Aruba with one suitcase and a paper with a phone number on it.

Rafael Figuereo cares about his neighborhood and its children. When he noticed the social issues that affected the children living in the same place he lived he started to reach out. Centro Familiar Sabana Basora is the result of a caring family that runs after school programs for children. The way Rafael reached out to these kids, we are asking you to reach out to the Happy Community Initiative in order to assure that Aruba’s children have a safe place to go to when school is out.

Oct 24, 2019

“They want your love, support, encouragement, your nurture, acceptance and attention”

Your teen times. It is most probably the most difficult phase and at the same time it is the best part of your life. For a parent the teen is challenging and rebellion is part of it, but teens … they need love. The recently launched Happy Community Initiative (HCI) asks your support to set up a high-quality after school program for Aruban teens. Six out of ten teens are home alone here, mostly because parents work to meet ends. One Happy Island wishes for Happy Teens.

Oct 4, 2019

“For the safety of our teens we need after school programs”

ORANJESTAD — Carol Kock is a freelance consultant on policies and research who worked for more than twenty years for the government as a policy advisor in the field of Public Health and Social Affairs.  Recently the professional did research about the interest of Aruban youth for after school programs. The result is that over 60 % of the participants say yes to after school programs. “Our youth is home alone due to the necessity of parents that need to work to pay the bills. They are in a vulnerable situation and we can do something about it.”

Sep 5, 2019

Happy Community Initiative meets generous family:

Travelling is one of life’s biggest privileges. It is wonderful to be able to go to another place with your family and enjoy the change of environment and people. The Chatterjee family from New Jersey seek to give back to the places they go to, to help the local community and to educate their own children. “We read about the recently launched Happy Community Initiative (HCI) and their objective to raise $ 110K by next year’s month of June and there we found our goal”, says Ninna Chatterjee, mother of three children in the age of 7, 8 and 11. Together with husband Rocco Chatterjee they provided three Aruban children with school supplies.

Aug 23, 2019

Motivational learning for teenagers within a family setting

ORANJESTAD — Foundation Centro Famia Piedra Plat_ translated Family Center Piedra Plat_ is a safe haven for teens from the neighborhood as well from any part in Aruba. On a plot of about 200 square meters in the neighborhood of Piedra Plat you will find a warm, family-oriented foundation offering four different activity centers for children, teens and adults.

Aug 9, 2019

“By empowering the young generation, you get great adults”

SAN NICOLAS —The Heart-centered Leadership Foundation is a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to assist and empowering schools, youth-serving organizations, teachers, and parents to better serve our world’s or Aruba’s youth and prepare them to lead healthy, fulfilling and successful lives. Through the recently-launched Happy Community Initiative (HCI) you can support this foundation and help build our youth strong.

Jul 25, 2019

Every child has the right to enjoy a vacation camp during school breaks

Collins Leo John is the motor behind a happy vacation camp named Funny Bunny Camp. Over the past three weeks, more than a hundred children have participated in a program that offers a variety of fun, sports, creativity and social-emotional empowerment.

Jul 11, 2019

Launch of the HAPPY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE – Aruba’s Visitor Charity Program

On Monday, July 1st 2019, CEDE Aruba, together with the Aruba Timeshare Association and endorsed by the Aruba Tourism Authority launched the HAPPY COMMUNITY INITIATIVE