This week two representatives from Safe Haven Cassandra Richardson and Benjamin Ortega visited The Rotary Club of St. Maarten-Mid Isle meeting.  Their visit was twofold, to tell us about their latest project ‘Fatherhood’ and collect a Welcome Baby Bag and clothing for women and children.

Secretary Denise was on hand to deliver the ‘The Welcome Baby Bag’ to Safe Haven to be delivered to a new mother at their shelter. The bag contained items necessary for the new born baby and new mother and are given at the discretion of the nursing staff of the maternity wing.

It is due to the generosity of Mid Isle Rotarians, a District Grant, Bebe n Kids, Prime, CIA Interact Club & Dominoes contributing to our Welcome Baby Bags that has made this project possible. We also extend our thanks to Simpson Bay Pharmacy, Pennys, Visser Pharmacy, and Lucky Wholesale.

Cassandra and Benjamin spoke to us about their upcoming project 'Fatherhood'. Domestic Violence, researched and known world-wide to predominantly negatively affect women, calls for interventions that addresses and speaks to the socialization and parenting of girls and boys in any society.

How boys are brought up to view and understand girls and women is as important as how girls are encouraged to see and understand themselves. On Wednesday evening August 23rd at 6:00PM, at Port St. Maarten, the St. Maarten community is invited to an informational evening where will be discussed the importance of fatherhood and the fathering of young boys, in particular.

In this discussion Mr. De Leon will discuss how parenting and socialization are contributing factors to whether a community experiences domestic violence. Mr. De Leon, has a particular passion for fatherhood and is a former police officer with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Department.

There was a very interactive and informative question and answer segment after their presentation.