SPIRIT, Sandy Pointers Inspiring Real Improvement Throughout, is fundamentally a core of passionate, young individuals from the town of Sandy Point brought together under the shared belief that more could be done within our communities and that everyone can be an agent of change!
The organization’s mission as a non-profit group is to empower the members of the community towards positive social change. SPIRIT has taken a holistic approach to achieving this goal as evident in its divisions of Community Empowerment; Agriculture and Food Security; Health, Fitness and Sports and Junior SPIRIT.
Since its start in May of 2010, the group has successfully staged several projects, including major fundraisers, all geared towards the benefit of the community. These included a community-wide assessment (of which the need for the community festival was recognized), a regional boxing tournament fundraiser (which grossed hundreds of spectators), a hurricane preparedness showcase (that provided a forum for consumers to engage with relevant service providers), the launch of the Pride, Virtues and Civics Campaign and the re-introduction and second installment of our annual Chambalay (a modern celebration of a traditionally cultural practice).
In the past year alone SPIRIT has partnered with other social groups and corporate citizens to strengthen the bond within and throughout the various communities. Our most recent collaboration includes that with SCASPA to construct a monumental bus stand that now serves the many patients of the Pogson Medical Centre as well as providing much support to SPAFA during the introduction of a grassroots soccer program for children between the ages of 5-18.
The group was instrumental in assisting SPACS not only to begin the renovation of the public market but also in its successful reopening. Some other partners include CIPEO (Community Improvement Personal Empowerment Organization) through the execution of a major community clean up campaign, St. Christopher National Trust Youth Arm as a valiant partner in the preservation of our marine parks, SKYNPA (St. Kitts National Youth Parliament Association), Department of Gender Affairs, Department of Youth and the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Boxing Association just to name a few.
SPIRIT has shown leadership and excellence in setting goals in line with its mission and producing successful programmes to achieve them.